So what’s going on with the farm?
We just got dumped on! About 18″ of pristine rocky mountain snow is resting softly on our fields. During this time of year there is still a lot to do, especially as we just acquired this new land. There is so much happening that my mind is just swimming. So let’s initially talk about genetics.
The farm is now licensed for hemp production. There is a home on the property so until we can get a greenhouse built we are transforming the basement into our breeding and R&D facility. It’s super small compared to the greenhouse I’ll be building but it’s enough to keep the research going in the short run. We are shelving it out for propagules and hanging lamps to start flowering plants. The compliant genetics that we’ve bred are starting to be backcrossed and new seedlings are being started. Our goals with our breeding program is to continue to produce compliant, terpene and resin rich, early flowering cultivars.
Out in the fields
We have senior water rights, but the flow is too low to utilize in an efficient manner. In order to remedy this situation we are digging a small pond and lining it. This way we will be able to gather thousands of gallons and then send it through the drip lines.
We also have to deal with fencing. We’re in elk country and those things eat like crazy! Deer don’t eat hemp, but the elk sure do. That means that we have to go to 8′ all the way around. This is a large challenge that I’m still trying to figure out. I have the equipment to do it, but time is what I’m short on. There is a solid chance that I’ll have to roll the dice this year and hope I don’t get grazed out. There is only so much time…
Gonna talk dirt next time…