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Our Farm

In the winter of 2018, we set out to find the perfect CBD hemp strain. Here were our priorities:
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1) Proven track record being grown in the upper Midwest
2) High CBD content
3) Low THC content
4) Sativa strain (shorter growing cycle, better for daytime use)
5) Strong minor cannabinoid profile
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During our first meeting with our seed supplier, we asked if they had any non-GMO strains well-suited for organic cultivation in the upper Midwest, and they suggested Hawaiian Haze.
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The high CBD content and low THC content was also very attractive. The higher the CBD content of the hemp, the more potent the extract, and the more potent the extract, the better your tincture will taste. Additionally, a high CBD-to-THC ratio facilitates the THC remediation process to create broad-spectrum (THC-free) distillate.
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As a sativa strain, Hawaiian Haze has a shorter harvest cycle, which is essential in colder climates like Wisconsin. Both sativa and indica strains promote relaxation, but sativa does so in more of an uplifting and anxiety-reducing way, whereas indicas strains promote a sense of relaxation that is more lethargic in nature. That being said, the differences between the effects of indicia and sativa are much, much more pronounced in THC strains than in CBD.
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Perhaps most importantly, we only grow one CBD strain. That means that your customers can expect to have the same results from batch to batch. Companies purchasing extracts from other labs, or using a variety of hemp strains to make their products, will have tinctures that vary in color, taste, effect, and effectiveness.

In 2019, we planted 12,000 feminized seeds of the strain Hawaiian Haze. The seeds were started in a greenhouse and transplanted to the field six weeks later. 

In 2020, we planted over 8,000 feminized seeds, splitting the crop between high-yield CBD (Hawaiian Haze strain) and high-yield CBG plants (Stem Cell strain), and in 2021 we planted over 2,000 feminized seeds again splitting the crop between high yield CBD and high yield CBG plants with the same strains. We did the same for the 2022 crop.

Our process for finding the ideal CBG strain was similar to the process we used to find the ideal CBD strain. We asked our seed supplier for a non-GMO strain that was ideal for organic cultivation in the Upper Midwest. They suggested Stem Cell, highlighting the fact that it has/is:

• Excellent uniform, field-ready structure
• Ideal for biomass producers
• Dry trichomes do not gum up combines, allowing for mass harvest
Like we do with our Hawaiian Haze CBD biomass, we use our Stem Cell CBG biomass in processing out our lab where we make full-spectrum CBG distillate that is both sold in bulk to manufacturers and is used to formulate the Sunny Skies CBD product line. 

You can see the video showcasing the seed-to-sale process below!

Follow us as we document the 2022 hemp growing season, providing a look at how we truly are a soil to oil CBD company. Click here to view the videos!

FAQs

Are you certified organic?

Although we use organic growing methods, we are not yet organic certified. In order to be USDA certified organic, you need to have grown on the same plot of land for 3 consecutive years. In 2019, we grew our CBD biomass ourselves on two rented fields in Arkansaw, WI, and Somerset, WI. Halfway through the growing season in 2019, we found a 17-acre plot of land in Durand, WI about a half-mile away from our lab with remarkably clean soil far removed from the industrial agriculture plots. We grew for the first time on this land in 2020 and planted our third and fourth crop on the same land in 2021 and 2022. Our application for USDA organic certification is pending and will be approved in June 2023. Until then, we will continue using organic growing methods!

Are you a licensed USDA Hemp Producer?

Yes! Additionally, we are a licensed Hemp Processor in Wisconsin, and our lab is a FDA-licensed Food Processing Plant.

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