Chester County Ag Council
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Absolutely not, farming was the furthest thing from my mind. I never thought I would be a farmer, but here I am, and it's been the best decision I've ever made. I am fascinated by the idea of being able to grow a plant that can help your health, and super proud to be able to offer a natural solution that really works! So grateful to have found a career that helps me improve my own health while also providing natural relief to others.
I decided to grow hemp organically for people to trust. It's important to choose organic hemp products to ensure that they are free from harmful chemicals. Growing this way helps to protect the environment and promotes sustainable farming practices.
As a hemp grower, two of the biggest obstacles I face are not having a business bank account and the expenses of testing. Many banks will not work with businesses that deal with hemp, which makes it hard to manage finances. Furthermore, all hemp must be tested for THC content before being sold. This testing is expensive.
Some of the biggest misconceptions I hear about hemp are that hemp will get you high, and hemp is the same as marijuana. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant but has very low levels of THC (0.3%).
My favor thing about being a hemp grower is feeding the plants and watching them take in the organic nutrients I give them. It's also gratifying to know that I am helping others with similar health issues I have.
I wish more people would take the time to learn the difference between hemp and marijuana. Hemp has proven to me that it can help all of the inflammation in our bodies.