Hemp can be an environmentally friendly crop, but it has to be grown the right way. Responsible sourcing of our hemp extract is one of the most, if not the most, important mission for Alta Goods.
We set a high bar for criteria that our hemp CBD source needs to meet. I talk a lot about organic and regenerative farming practices, so I thought we should take a look at what these terms mean and what these practices look like in action.
Organic Farming is the practice of growing crops without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides. The practice also prohibits the use of genetically modified plants and requires soil-building practices like crop rotations and cover crops.
These last two requirements are integral to the practice of Regenerative Agriculture, which is the practice of revitalizing farming soil by replenishing the soil nutrients as you grow. This practice leads to healthier, more nutrient dense plants and food and gives back to the land, rather than constantly taking from it. The idea behind sustainable farming is to leave land in better shape than when you started!
I talked to a lot of hemp farms and CBD extract suppliers when I was searching for sustainable hemp extract to use in Alta Goods granola bites. I met Justin and Ross from Hunger Mountain Hemp about a year ago and instantly fell in love with their farm and their extract!
What I love most about them is that they’re constantly striving to improve on their vision for sustainability. Hunger Mountain is certified organic by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). They also use regenerative hemp farming techniques, like no-till farming, which reduces erosion and improves water retention in the soil.
This year they’re getting chickens with a roaming coop, companion planting to attract beneficial insects and starting two beehives! Needless to say, I can’t wait to visit their farm, again.
All these elements add up to sustainable hemp that is incredibly high-quality, which means each bite you take of Alta Goods granola bars will meet your high standards.