What we do later with the fiber? Well, we make hemp paper. Pretty amazing, right?
And did you know that our clients (like Gatis) love our hemp paper?
>>>> ONLY until 8 April (Wednesday) get 10% discount when you buy our hemp paper using the code: paper10
Šajā nedēļas nogalē mēs cītīgi prātojām, kā mēs varētu palīdzēt koronavīrusa uzliesmojuma laikā. Mēs uzskatām, ka, pieaugot pandēmijai Latvijā, mums ir jādara kaut kas, lai palīdzētu tiem, kas palīdz cīnīties pret uzliesmojumu.
Pēc rūpīga pētījuma mēs uzzinājām par organizāciju Latvijā, kas ārstiem un medicīnas darbiniekiem nodrošina siltu ēdienu: "Hospiss LV".
"Hospiss LV" tika dibināta pavisam nesen (2019. gada beigās) ar mērķi veicināt nedziedināmi slimu cilvēku aprūpes centru izveidi Latvijā. Taču nesenā ārkārtas stāvokļa paziņojuma dēļ šī organizācija ir novirzījusi savu darbību, radot jaunu kampaņu, kuras mērķis ir palīdzēt medicīnas speciālistiem šajā krīzes laikā.
Mēs uzreiz sapratām, ka šī būs tā organizācija, kuru mēs vēlamies atbalstīt. Mēs viņiem piezvanījām, viņu atsaucība bija pozitīva, un mūsu starpā tika nodibināta jauna sadarbība. Tātad mēs pievienojamies kampaņai ''Galds savējiem''.
No šodienas līdz 6. aprīlim par katru nopirkto kaņepju sēklu tēju mēs "Hospiss LV" ziedosim 0,50€.
Šajā neskaidrību laikā mūsu ģimene aktīvi strādā, lai varētu sniegt pozitīvas pārmaiņas un atvieglojumu. Vai jūs mums pievienosieties?
Mēs strādājam, lai uzsvērtu un noteiktu par prioritāti mūsu un apkārtējo cilvēku veselību un labklājību, un mēs ceram, ka jūs darīsiet to pašu.
Paldies par jūsu atbalstu!
Over this weekend, we thought carefully about ways that we could contribute during the coronavirus outbreak. We believe that as the pandemic continues to grow in Latvia, we need to do something to help those in the frontline responding to the outbreak.
After a throughout research, we came across an organization in Latvia that is providing hot meals to doctors and medical staff: "Hospiss LV".
"Hospiss LV" was founded recently (late 2019) with the aim of promoting the establishment of hospice care centers in Latvia. However, due to the recent state of the emergency announcement, the organization has turned its attention to a new campaign that is meant to help the medical professionals at this time of crisis.
We knew straight away that this would be the organization we wanted to support. We give them a call, the response was positive, and a new collaboration was established. And we are now joining the campaign “Galds savējiem”.
From today until 6 of April for each hemp seed tea purchased, we will donate 0.50€ to "Hospiss LV".
In these times of uncertainty, our family is working to be a force of change and relief at this time. Will you join us?
We are working to empathize and prioritize the health and well-being of ourselves and those around us, and we hope you do the same.
Thank you for your support!
There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has changed our routine and imposed new challenges. Just as I write this post, Gabriela and Fredis cannot resist staying close by and seek all the attention they can get. What is happening right now is nothing new to us, but the fact that we are in forced isolation it kind of change things.
Parents working from home and children off school, it definitely made the routine turned inside out. To keep all our family body, mind and soul healthy we are doing these things with hemp to use our time in a productive way.
We are baking with hemp
We are filling our home with the fragrant scent of baking bread (with hemp seeds and hemp protein powder!) The kids love it!
We are practicing our hemp paper making skills
We think this is a great time to pick up hemp paper making and improve our skills, together!
We are watching awesome hemp documentaries
Every night we pick up a new documentary to watch together and we can recommend the following ones:
> Emperor of Hemp: The Jack Herer Story (1999)
> Hempsters: Plant the Seed (2010)
> Bringing it Home (2013)
We are working on new hemp products and services
The current situation gave us time to think and rethink our hemp products. We are (as always) working on new products and services we would like to provide you in the future. However, if you feel like supporting us right now and during these uncertain times, your help is more than welcome! One way you can support us is by shopping in our online shop. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses like ours in a variety of ways, but with your support, we will be able to navigate this challenging time ❤
Huge thanks to all who helped spread the word by sharing about the course, and for entering! The winner is (drawn at random):
Congratulations! We will be in touch via email shortly! Even if you didn’t win a place this time, do keep an eye out for an email from us as we have an extra special offer for you. :)
The course in a nutshell: gives participants the chance to work with frame building, hempcrete installation, shuttering design and hemp plastering. After the course participants will a basic understanding of the key theoretical and practical issues to consider when building with hempcrete, a good understanding of the basic method of hempcrete building, including the important dos and don'ts, a practical experience: building a section of new build hempcrete wall, applying finishes to hempcrete and insulating with hempcrete.
If you’d like to enter, here’s how it works:
1. Share this post somewhere (you can share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter, or you can also share the image below on Instagram. Don't forget to use the hashtag #obeliskfarm when sharing the post/image! Feel free to do as many shares as you like).
2. Leave your details such as email, first and last name (in the dedicated box). Please note: If you don’t leave your email you won’t be eligible to win. We need to be able to contact you!
The giveaway will be conducted from 2nd March 2020 (14:00 GMT+2) to 8th March 2020 (23:59 GMT+2) The winner will be drawn on Monday 9th March, and announced here on this post and also via email.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the course and whether it might be right for you, contact us and we'll get right back to you.
Or click here to read all about the course and sign up to join us!
Good luck friends! Thank you for helping us to spread the word, and we look forward to seeing you on the course. :)
Participants from all over the world gather once per year at Hemp Today center to take part in the Deep Green Building (DGB). In this event, with the guidance and support of the best mentors, people learn how to build with hemp. Andris joined this great hands-on course and we share below moments of the DGB event in the photo gallery.
INFO about the event:
WHO ORGANIZES? GWEEPRODUCTS & Obelisk Farm.
WHEN? February 20, 7 pm - 10 pm.
WHERE? Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, 2. stāva Lielā zāle, Skolas ielā 15, Rīgā.
The event is for anyone interested in the vast potential of cannabis use. Free entrance.
New hemp lollipops from Obelisk Farm further stimulate sustainability
Here at Obelisk Farm, we live our values intensely, they are the ones that guide all our actions and guide the history of our farm. If you read this previous article > creating hemp products in collaboration with Latvian Agriculture University, you know that we have been (for quite some time now) working on hemp stalks as an ecological alternative to plastic. We began our creative journey with the idea of making hemp straws. However, soon we realized that there are no shortage of alternatives to plastic straws. Therefore, we decided to turn our attention to something else that in our opinion has a bigger impact in the world today: single-use lollipop stick plastic. Any quick online search will show you that this type of single-use plastic items often ends up washed up on beaches or under our oceans, negatively impacting our planet's ecosystems, biodiversity and human health (European Commission).
So, for months we worked on a formula that would help us create the first lollipop made with hemp. Sweet candy for children and adults. A lollipop wrapped in something that is recyclable and 100% biodegradable.
The hemp stick went through many trials and is now officially certified as a food contact material by the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD). For the lollipop recipe, Andris put together 3 ingredients: hemp tea, sugar and acid citric. Finally, the lollipop is wrapped in a paper that is recyclable.
Our hemp lollipops are ready to be licked! Get yours today in our online shop for only 1€!
This week we will be doing something we have never done before: give a hemp paper workshop to one of the most successful brands of cosmetics and personal care products in the world, The Body Shop (TBS). If you read my previous posts, you know that here at the farm we are BIG fans of TBS, not only for their awesome hemp-based products line but as well for their commitment to the fair trade movement and fight against animal testing.
It's a huge honor to have been invited to provide this workshop, and so I will be traveling to Lisbon and Madrid to talk about the work we do here at the farm, about hemp (of course!) and to show the TBS team how they can make hemp paper. Sounds awesome, right?
If you are wondering how to make your own hemp paper, I suggest you check the video below. Andris, Fredis and I made this video a while ago, and even though the process we use now is quite different from what we show here, there are a few tips that will help you get started. On the other hand, you are more than welcome to visit our farm (we will be open from 2nd May 2020) and take part in our hemp paper workshop where we will be teaching you step-by-step how to make hemp paper.
This is a small and varied collection of some of the great projects happening around the world at the moment, to provide inspiration.
1. HER MANY VOICES FOUNDATION (US)
Alicia Fall is the founder of Her Many Voices Foundation (HMVF), an organization made to "ignite the Artivist (Artist/Activist) in us all, in order to move our passions to purpose, for the betterment of women, children, and our Mother Earth." Even though HMVF is based in the US, they work mainly in Haiti. Trough their "Hemp project" HMVF is using hemp to provide community education, enrich the soil for the next crop rotation, build safe, sanitary toilets, homes, and schools, provide nutrient-rich food such as seeds and flour, produce textile fibers for the production of paper, clothing, rope and provide valuable medicine. A truly inspiring project! If you feel connected, you can support HMVF work, and donate here!
2. HENRY'S HEMP HARVESTER (DE)
Andris, the kids and I meet Henry a few years ago at the HempToday center where we listening to Henry talk about his technology. And now, we are so happy to see this amazing machine in action (see the video for more info). The technology according to Henry is for family farms, specialty growers and cooperatives and "brings dependability and unique customer engagement to the critical process of putting specialized hemp harvesting and processing equipment to work for your operation."
3. FIRST CANNABIS WOMEN DOCUMENTARY (ES)
From Spain comes the idea of the 1st collective documentary of the #MujeresCannabicas around the world, which will be released in March 2020. The main objective of the documentary is so that "the feminine reality is respected by the entire cannabis community, making visible the important roles women play for the advancement of cannabis culture in every corner of the world".
4. THE HEMP PROJECT COLLECTIVE
The hemp project collective is a project made by an amazing group of people with the aim to educate the public about hemp. The project believes hemp is the "solution to many problems our world faces. We believe in learning from the past and in taking responsibility for the future".
If you know a great project you'd like to share, let me know on the comments!
Opening of the first hemp museum in Latvia
On 1st May 2019, we open - with the help of many sponsors and a successful crowdfunding campaign - the first hemp museum in Latvia where you can learn about the history of hemp in Latvia. More than 100 people came to our farm to visit the hemp museum.
Becoming part of the "We are Mary Jane" exhibition at The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Barcelona
Such a big honor to be part of this exhibition that explores the role of women in the world of cannabis. We truly hope that the exhibition will be at our hemp museum next year. Fingers crossed!
This year with the help of more than 15 participants coming from all over the world, we insulate with hempcrete a wall of our home and also 3 dog houses that unfortunately, we haven't had the time yet to finish and deliver it to a local animal shelter as we intended. This might be our first resolution for 2020! The whole experience made us realize how important this course is - we had the idea that this would be the last one - and for that reason, we will make it again next year! You can already book your place (Get your early bird ticket for only 40€).
First hemp market in Latvia
Latvian hemp companies came together and showcase their products at the first hemp market in Latvia. This was also a great opportunity to get to know more about hemp and the hemp industry in Latvia by attending the several lectures available.
Hemp recipes part of a Latvian cuisine book
If you read my last post you already know that our hemp bars and hemp peanut butter recipes are part of the acclaimed book by Roberto Meloni called “Through Latvian counties with Roberto”. What an honor!
Best family farm in Latvia award by the Ministry of Agriculture
As you can imagine, this was HUGE for us. And even though, we did not win the first place it was without any doubt the greatest award we have ever received and meant the world to us.
If you are following us on Facebook and Instagram you already know that were many other amazing moments that we experience in 2019. There were also tough ones too, you probably know what I'm talking about right? But overall, I truly believe that we should stay positive, look at the bright side and focus on the good that this life has been providing us.
I feel grateful!
Share some love and let me know in the comments how do you feel about 2019.
And, by the way... I hope to see you on the blog in 2020! ❤
If you want this book, you can get it here! (The book is only available in Latvian).
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or anything else to add, let me know in the comments below.
Where to buy:
Nº1 The Body Shop
Nº3 Herbs & Hydro
Nº4 Obelisk Farm
Nº5 Dutch Headshop
Nº7 Obelisk Farm
30 November, Saturday - Christmas book sale (Location: Obelisk Farm)
Obelisk Farm will be holding for the first time a book sale here at the farm. There will be a mix of new and used books available for purchase in several languages including Latvian, Russian, English and more! It will include many fiction and nonfiction books such as literature, art, science fiction, romance, crime, adventure, history, biographies and children's books. Bargain hunters don't despair as we will be selling the books from 0.50 cents to 5 euros ONLY! There will be a couple of free books as well! What's not to like? Be sure to come along and get yourself some quality Christmas presents and also taste our hemp tea free of charge!
➤ All book sale proceeds will be used to supplement our Hemp Museum exhibit.
1 December, Sunday - Adventes tirgus Kalnciema kvartālā (Location: Kalnciema iela)
Christmas markets with free workshops, concerts, book launches, street food, and pop-up shops. In the market, you will find unique, meaningful and useful gifts not found on supermarket shelves. Especially this year, Kalnciema Quarter offers its discovery service - an opportunity to take a tour of Latvian farmers and home-producers, as well as apply for a free tour of the quarter.
➤ We will be at this market with all your favorite hemp products!
7-8 December, Saturday and Sunday - Lielais Rīgas Ziemassvētku gadatirgus (Location: Kipsala International Exhibition Centre)
The Big Riga Christmas Fair will make you whirl in the festive mood again this year! The biggest Christmas fair in Riga invites you to get ready for the holidays in one place! You will not have to pay for the entrance, but when you leave, you will bring along a Christmas spirit, delicious food for the festive table and a gift.
➤ Obelisk Farm will be participating in this event both days!
14 December, Saturday - Ziemassvētku tirdziņš LU Botāniskajā dārzā (Location: Latvijas Universitātes Botāniskais dārzs)
Mark it in calendars - The Christmas Market in the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia will be held on December 14th, from. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to the fair at the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, will be able to choose gifts for themselves and their loved ones. Free admission to the Christmas Market (admission to the Greenhouse entrance only).
➤ Another chance to meet us at this awesome Christmas market!
15 December, Sunday - Daugavas prospekta dāvanu tirdziņš (Location: Labumu bode Ikšķile)
We will be at this market with all our hemp products. More information about this event, here.
20 December, Friday - Ziemassvētku sajūtu tirdziņš (Location: Saieta laukums, Madona)
The fair includes a Christmas market, Christmas concert programs featuring world-famous tunes, Latvian traditional songs, theatrical performances, creative workshops, and Santa's house. What better way to celebrate and get to know us and our hemp products? Let's meet in Madona!
21-22 December, Saturday and Sunday - Lielais Ziemassvētku gadatirgus Rīgā (Location: Starptautiskais izstāžu centrs Ķīpsala BT1)
Another awesome Christmas fair that we will be participating in! More information about this event, here.
Feeling inspired? Hopefully, this event list will make you step in the festive mood and maybe, just maybe we will be meeting you soon? Let us know in the comments if you are planning to go to any of these events or any other tip you may have for this holiday season.
Love ❤ Débora
Next Thursday, 31st October many will celebrate Halloween (us included!). In addition to the masks and clothes, the house decorations, desserts cannot be left out! In the spirit of this spooky season, today we are sharing this terrifying hemp seed cookies recipe that might bring you a sweet but healthy Halloween 🎃🍪
PREP TIME: 20 mins
TOTAL TIME: 20 mins
1 egg (or no egg)
170 gr. chocolate chips
100 gr. butter or pure vegetable margarine
100 gr. hemp seeds
200 gr. cane sugar
½ tsp soda
¼ tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp flour
1. Mix sugar and melted butter in one bowl until it turns light
2. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat well
3. In a separate bowl, put a tablespoon of flour, salt, soda, and hemp seeds. Mix thoroughly
4. Add the content of the first bowl to the second and add the chocolate chips.
5. Mix thoroughly
6. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
7. Use your hand to form flat cookies of any spooky shape you desire using the mixture and spread on a baking sheet
8. Put the baking sheet with cookies into the preheated oven
9. Bake for 5 minutes on each side
This is a simple but creative recipe that you can prepare in a very short time and with very few ingredients. If you try this recipe, let us know! We wish you a happy Halloween!🎃👻
PREP TIME: 10 mins
TOTAL TIME: 10 mins
YIELD: 16 brownies
350 gr. оf ѕоft ріttеd dаtеѕ
140 gr. оf hеmр ѕееdѕ
110 gr. of rаw wаlnutѕ
35 gr. оf rаw сасао powder (саn ѕubѕtіtutе rеgulаr cocoa роwdеr)
1/2 tѕр оf ѕеа ѕаlt (optional, fоr flаvоr еnhаnсеmеnt)
1. Add all іngrеdіеntѕ tо a fооd processor аnd mix until іt forms a dоugh.
2. Prеѕѕ thе dоugh into a ѕԛuаrе bаkіng pan lіnеd with раrсhmеnt or wax paper.
3. Place іn thе frееzеr for a соuрlе hоurѕ tо fіrm.
4. Lіft out оf thе pan аnd сut into 16 ѕԛuаrеѕ.
5. Stоrе in the fridge оr freezer.
Sounds yummy? Why not give it a try?
And until tomorrow (Friday, 25th October) enjoy a buy 1 hemp seeds and get 1 hemp protein powder for FREE! On the check-out just add and pay for 1 hemp seeds, we will add after your free hemp protein with your order.
PREP TIME: 10 mins
TOTAL TIME: 10 mins
YIELD: 14 Bars
150 gr. оf rаw almonds
350 gr. оf lіghtlу packed ѕоft pitted dates
1 tbѕр оf сіnnаmоn
70 gr. оf рlаіn hemp protein powder
2 tbsp оf mарlе syrup
120 gr. оf аlmоnd butter (оr nut/ѕееd buttеr of сhоісе)
1. Fіrѕt рlасе the nuts in a processor аnd mіx untіl broken dоwn. It’ѕ okay іf there are still ѕоmе large ріесеѕ.
2. Add іn thе dаtеѕ and continue to mіx, ѕtорріng tо press down аѕ nееdеd.
3. Add in the rest оf thе іngrеdіеntѕ and рrосеѕѕ until it fоrmѕ a thісk dоugh.
4. Remove аnd рrеѕѕ іntо a small ѕԛuаrе bаkіng pan lined wіth wax оr раrсhmеnt paper.
5. Plасе іn the frееzеr for 60 mіnutеѕ or the frіdgе fоr a fеw hоurѕ.
6. Remove аnd cut іntо 14 bars.
7. Store іn the frіdgе іn аn аіr-tіght container fоr uр tо 1 wееk or the freezer for uр tо 3 mоnthѕ.
And voilá! Enjoy your delicious and healthy hemp protein bars!
And only until Friday (25th October) buy 1 hemp protein powder and get 1 for FREE! On the check-out just add and pay for 1 hemp protein, we will add after your free hemp protein with your order.
1. The use of hemp fiber for fabric production is nothing new! Super-resistant, its texture is similar to that of linen, and the fiber can be combined with other materials - such as cotton and silk, for example. And yes, right here in Latvia you can get hemp wool blankets from Terra Cannabis.
2. Hemp contains antioxidants, omega 3 and 6 and essential fatty acids, and its seeds are rich in protein, iron, and calcium. It works as a nutritious food supplement, and its oil can be used in the preparation of endless recipes. You can find many hemp food products in our online shop.
3. Hemp for thermal and acoustic insulation of houses and buildings sounds good? A lighter, stronger and environmentally friendly alternative for your home. Hemp shives are available in Latvia through Hemp Time.
4. The use of hemp oil by the cosmetics industry has been around for a long time, and there are numerous product lines - with shampoos, soaps, body and face moisturizers, sun and lip balms, anti-aging creams and so on. In Latvia, you can also get hemp cosmetic products (among others) from Smelly Viking.
5. Last but not least, there is a growing interest in CBD oil for "its potential role in easing symptoms of many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne, and heart disease" (read more here). In Latvia, you can also order your CBD oil from Gwee Products.
Did you already know about these products? Do you know any other products made with hemp and available here in Latvia? Be sure to tell us in the comments!
We have been away from our blog for some time but now we are back with this post about our favorite drink - hemp tea! We can introduce hemp tea as one of the healthiest herbal beverages in the world. Hemp tea is made with dried hemp flowers and leaves however several parts of the hemp plant can be used as well such as seeds, and stems. It is a caffeine-free drink with a high amount of nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins. Also present are cannabinoids (CBD). Although cannabinoids are not water-soluble, it is recommended to add a few spoons of oil or milk which helps to dissolve cannabinoids and maximize its health benefits. (You can check here if CBD is legal in your country)
And, now let's go through the steps on how you can make hemp tea at home!
1. Add a teaspoon of hemp tea
2. Add a half spoon of coconut oil or any other fat as per your preference
3. Pour some hot water to the cup
4. Brew it for at least 5 minutes until you get the desired strength
5. Remove the leaves using a strainer
6. Can add sugar or lemon according to the preference. If not can taste it without adding
anything. And voilá! Enjoy everything that hemp tea has to offer!
Btw, in this video from our friends at Harmony you can see the preparation process step by step.
We believe hemp tea offers many health benefits and that's why we love it! If you are looking to get your own hemp tea you can get it here.
We would like to thank you for following our blog and hope to see you on our next blog post.