Get the skinny, the lowdown, the DIRT on soil – from the revolution that sapped the soil to our natural enrichment practices that ensure our exclusive, USDA Certified Organic farm produces the best hemp plants for the purity and potency of your products.
Back in the day, the agricultural revolution kicked off with the advent of synthetic fertilizers. Farmers worked hard, without much equipment, so fertilizer was a game changer. But then, instead of working the soil, they dumped fertilizer to make crops grow. As with so many things, that which was easier only made things worse.
The Calcium nitrates and refined minerals are all salt based. Subjected plants have no choice but to absorb, even to such a degree that it can produce chemical burns and even kill the plant they’re intending to feed.
Slowly, as you dump salts, you’re salinating the soil, which kills the existing microbial life. Soils that were once very fertile are affected by rising salinity until the plants don’t grow anymore.
Even now, fertilizers present an easier process, so they’re injected into the drip line, or the chemicals are spread granularly to force the plants to grow. Other practices include genetic modification for plants to produce their own pesticides, or roundup-ready plants that can withstand being doused with the toxin – and they are doused. It’s the same slow downward spiral for the plants, and the soil, as well.
That’s why soil fertility is the core principle at our exclusive hemp farm. Happy soil means happy plants. All natural, USDA certified organic, happy plants.
Soil enrichment happens all year long, as cover crops, like clover, set in the fall or spring of the dormant season. When we till the field at the beginning of the grow season, the cover crops’ root matter and foliage are incorporated into soil. There, its decomposing material is food for the microbes. The more organic matter, the better the soil. Typically, having at least 3% organic matter is great. Our soil currently has 5%.
To kick off our inaugural season at the farm, we used a subsoiler to push blades 3 feet deep into the ground, breaking up compact earth to help the hemp plants shoot their root systems deep to find nutrition and water. Each 3’ blade was rigged with a drip system to introduce and increase the microbial populations in the root bed.
For the grow season, we constantly feed the soil with organic matter and enhancing them with humic and folic acid. This builds up a robust ecosystem in the soil. Every 2 weeks, we mix 55-gallon drums of fish emulsion with the water we put through our drip lines. This feeds the plants directly – and as the microbes in the soil eat all of that organic matter, they release nutrients that are readily available to the plants over time.
It’s like that old saying: Bring a plant a fish, it’ll eat for a day. Bring the soil some fish, it’ll feed the microbes for a season.
Our methods ensure that our soil is ready each season, cultivating lush, potent plants without losing nutrients over time. We don’t have to reintroduce elements each season, and never add harmful chemicals at our pest- and contaminant-free altitude of 8100 feet in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.
After all, anything we don’t want it in our body, we won’t put it in our plants. Our plants are your products, and it’s our pleasure to take your well-being very seriously.
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