As the soil warms under the spring sun, many hemp farmers prepare to plant, but not all. Greenhouse hemp farmers already have thriving plants and grow year-round. It is argued that greenhouse grown hemp produces higher quality and has less potential for exposure to manmade chemicals due to the indoor protection from pests. But in greenhouses there is still the concern of mold and insects have ways of creeping indoors.
The only way to know for certain exactly what the hemp products may have accumulated is to read the full profile certificate of analysis. Insist on an accredited lab’s COA before purchase. View Avazyme Laboratory’s certificate language as an example of how to identify a trustworthy lab.
New hemp labs have popped up, but they are not accredited, and are not worth the consumers’ risk. Learn exactly what needs to be on a full profile COA.
The same is true of processing labs. Verify certification. Asheville, North Carolina’s hemp farmer, Brook Sheffield is a prime example of the ‘gold standard’ in keeping his product local.
Many of us want to tour a hemp farm and while some may inquire, some just park cars roadside and wander into the fields. This behavior jeopardizes the entire industry. Thieves have picked flowers and have dug up entire plants believing that they have found a marijuana field. (Hemp will not make anyone high.) Not only is stealing unethical, it is hazardous. There is no way to determine if the shovel used in the farmer’s hemp field had pathogens, or heavy metals, from recently being used to repair a sewage line. There is no way to determine how many plants may have been contaminated. There is no way to determine if the thief had traces of contaminants on shoes or hands. For the thief, there is the potential hazard of being discovered in the act. Therefore, it is best to report hemp thieves immediately to save their lives and help hemp farmers. Afterall, we don’t want our hemp farmers wasting money on bullets when they need to spend so much on clones and organic fertilizer.
Choosing local hemp products helps your local economy, helps the farmer’s business grow, reduces shipping costs and is ‘green,’ and most importantly, your purchase affirms that farmer’s value in society. Affirmation is a powerful tool and for the hemp farmer, someone willing to risk up to ten thousand dollars to grow one acre to provide this ancient herb, the affirmation of a purchase from a neighbor means everything.
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