Green Remedy is a Kentucky Proud company that produces the purest and highest quality hemp-extracted CBD products available on farms in the Commonwealth. When a product is called ‘Kentucky Proud’, it means that consumers can be confident that what they are buying was produced in Kentucky. The all-natural products are non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free. Everything sold by Green Remedy is safe and 100% legal, but many customers often ask for more details about the farms we use.
Green Remedy is committed to the growth of the U.S. economy and local farmers. We are dedicated to utilizing Kentucky farmers, and our state-of-the-art extraction and processing facility is located in Louisville. Here is more information about some of our facilities and practices related to farming.
It is impossible to talk about Green Remedy farmers without mentioning Stephen Lutz. Stephen is the Farm Operation Director at Green Remedy. He is also an 8th generation dairy farmer. His family farm evolved many times over the years and also produced soybeans, tobacco, corn, and cattle.
Interestingly enough, Stephen’s family was actually involved with the hemp industry many decades ago. During the 1940s, they were one of the early permit holders for hemp production in the United States. Unfortunately, hemp became a highly regulated product for far too long but Stephen’s grandfather recalled growing hemp on the family farm a long time before Green Remedy existed.
Green Remedy currently utilizes about 300 acres of land for production of high-quality hemp-extracted CBD. This land includes a lot of land managed by Stephen Lutz, but there are also other farms involved. In total, six different farms are currently being used by Green Remedy and more could be added in the future to support increasing demand.
As is the case with many other types of crops, it is a good idea to rotate hemp production across multiple locations. Green Remedy attempts to grow hemp in different fields each year in order to give the land time to recover after harvest. However, it is important to note that growing hemp can actually help restore land in a variety of ways. For example, studies have shown hemp may help remove chemicals from fields.
Green Remedy’s owner, John Salsman, recalls attending a session at the World Hemp Conference in 2015 where the speaker listed Kentucky as one of the top three places in the world for production of the highest quality hemp. The other two locations include parts of China and Ukraine. One reason for this is the humid climate. Another reason related to the farm includes the soil content. Green Remedy farmers utilize Pembroke and Shelbyville soils. This is important because these type of soils allow hemp plants to thrive by allowing moisture to soak in for longer periods of time. This is a big reason why many people believe Kentucky provides a better natural growing environment for hemp than states like Colorado. In areas out west, the soil can be sandy, which causes moisture to be removed faster, thereby leading to the possibility of drier plants over time.
In 2019, Green Remedy plans to harvest hemp from all of its 300 acres. This will result in about 300lbs of high-quality biomass that can be used in a variety of products. One reason Green Remedy is able to produce so much is due to the genetics of the plants being used. Salsman believes the genetics are a key reason for Green Remedy’s success. Plants with different genetics can be put in the ground at different times during the year. For this reason, Green Remedy is able to have a long harvest season that lasts from late September to early November.
When it comes time to harvest the crops, special machinery is sometimes needed. Many people are surprised to learn that tobacco equipment is often slightly altered and repurposed to assist with the production and harvest of hemp. This remodel essentially helps recycle equipment that might have otherwise gone to waste on farms that do not utilize it for tobacco any longer. Even though the equipment is somewhat similar to tobacco, the conditions are slightly different. Hemp plants used by Green Remedy require a little more space than tobacco plants. This promotes better airflow through the plants, which is crucial for healthy plants to thrive.
Producing more hemp can provide a major economic impact on the farming industry in the United States for several reasons. First, the farmers who are growing hemp for Green Remedy are able to use this crop to supplement income or even replace lagging sales from other crops such as tobacco or corn. Second, this helps farmers in other states as well, even if they do not produce hemp. For example, when farmers in Kentucky produce more hemp they are likely producing less corn or other products. Without diving into a lengthy economics lesson, this cycle of supply and demand dictates that farmers in other states will face less competition for more typical products and they can hopefully charge slightly higher amounts for their own harvests.