There is an increased desire for many people to return to the land - to create small, sustainable farms that allow them to leave the hustle and bustle behind for a more connected livelihood. Or maybe they are already small farmers but are finding it harder and harder to make a sustainable living. Perhaps they have wanted to break into the budding medicinal plant market but do not know where to begin. Farming is challenging - from understanding market demand to a need for increased resiliency to our changing climate. And for minority and women farmers, the challenges are even greater.
A boutique agritourist destination that specializes in premium artisanal hemp and medicinal plant production, Green Heffa Farms is committed to "leveling the planting field" by creating a living, learning lab where aspiring and current under-represented farmers can gain critical skills in starting or expanding their own small medicinal plant farm. They will gain this critical knowledge along with best practices in organic farming and regenerative agriculture.
The natural health and beauty market is predicted to reach a whopping $54B. When coupled with the budding hemp industry which is is slated to be a $22B industry by 2020, GHF is poised to be a successful enterprise that also builds capacity for other small farmers. It will be a place that others can come and learn how to create or grow their small farms with a greater ecological consciousness.
Phase I was successfully concluded with the acquisition of 15.84 premium acres of farmland, building a seed bank, establishment of utilities, securing partnerships with leading educational institutions, and branding and marketing. These efforts have resulted in a tremendous brand following which includes GHF being the featured farmers in the groundbreaking Associated Press article on the 2018 Farm Bill and it's CEO, Clarenda Stanley, being selected as the spokesperson for the largest national media campaign for the federal legalization of industrial hemp. Featured in more than 200 publications and highly sought after for national and international speaking engagements, Green Heffa Farms is now poised for its next level of growth. We seek to raise $30,000 during Phase II to purchase needed farming equipment, establish indoor and outdoor grow spaces/classrooms, and for curriculum development.
Your support will not only help Green Heffa Farms but countless other farmers, families and communities. Please help us level the planting field.
The Project FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is the hemp you grow federally legal? Yes, the hemp we grow at Green Heffa Farms is federally legal and does not contain more than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis.
Why the focus on minorities and women? As a black woman, I am often the only person of color and/or woman at many agricultural or hemp farming events. Research supports this as farmers of color own a dismal 4% of all privately owned farmland. Women farmers, who are growing in numbers, still lag behind when it comes to the male dominated agricultural arena.
Why the focus on using organic growing practices and regenerative agriculture? Organic farming reduces the risks of human, animal, and environmental exposure to toxic materials. This is especially important in a market that says that it is committed to overall well-being. Regenerative agriculture can help reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle.
Do you have any animals on your farm? Other than my three unsuccessful farm dogs, I do not have any animals on my farm.
What exactly are you going to use my contribution for? All monies raised will be used to buy needed farm equipment, greenhouses, and for drying and storage facilities, all of which will be classrooms as well.