We have been contacted and visited by many families that wish to move to the countryside and find a way to replenish the incomes of their families. Just like us, they believe in the endless possibilities of the hemp plant and seem convinced about the huge potential of hemp cultivation. Their most common question is: can hemp help us? As a family that has been growing hemp for the past 3 years, we can say that being a family farm especially in a remote area is not easy. Mainly, because of the significant limitations such as basic infrastructures, financing and more. However, the opportunities derived from hemp are endless. And we believe that there are several ways in which hemp can help save a family farm.
- Without the issues of legality getting in the way, the local communities and the economy can flourish. Hemp has the potential to put power back into the hands of the people and help us to create a sustainable life for everyone. Moreover, cultivating hemp as a cash crop will help reshape our lives and build a self-sufficient, sustainable way of life for our families.
- Hemp can help farmers and farm business helping us earn a comfortable living. There are lots of financial toll on farmers and some also suffer from mental health and depression. These often arise from the increase of production cost, drought and falling prices of commodities and also factors beyond our control.
- Although hemp responds better to a well-drained, loamy soil with a pH (acidity) above 6.0 and a neutral to slightly alkaline (pH 7.0 – 7.5) is preferred, hemp can thrive in most environments. If you would like to know more about the biggest obstacles when growing hemp, you should check this article from the Modern Farmer. Additionally, hemp can grow without the use of pesticides or herbicides.
- Food, clothing, housing, the basic necessities to live, hemp can provide this and more... cosmetics, fuel, paint, glue, plastic, paper and other applications. The use of hemp can make your life and your family live more ecological and sustainable.
If this is a topic you are researching, we can recommend the following book and videos:
"How cannabis farming allows family farms in California to feed their community". The story of a family growing hemp and producing products for themselves and their community.
"Cannabis and Family Agriculture" (Sorry, Portuguese language only.) This is an interview with the professor at the Center for Advanced Multidisciplinary Studies at UnB, the agronomist João Luis Homem.
As an effort to educate individuals and boost the general public awareness about hemp the theme of the poster is: Grow hemp! We are looking for creative, critical thought and inspiring posters that can address the following topics:
- Legality of the cannabis plant
- Uses and benefits of hemp.
The call is open to artists of any age, nationality, and discipline.
All participant's posters will be displayed at the Hemp School gallery and participants will receive a hemp gift from Obelisk Farm.
- All Obelisk Farm hemp products
- A free tour and tasting, a hemp paper workshop, and a place in the hemp building course 2019.
- The poster must be original work
- All submissions must be sent electronically via our email: firstname.lastname@example.org and should include the artist name, a short biography (max. 100 words), the title of the poster and a short description of the poster (max. 100 words)
- Accepted formats: pdf, jpeg, png and no larger than 100 megabytes
- The design and design rights become the property of Obelisk Farm
- The posters will not be used for commercial purposes
- The winning design will be announced on 1st May during the Hemp museum opening.
The deadline for submitting your poster is 20th April 2019.
#1 - Hemp hand cream by The Body Shop
#2 - Hemp soap by Herbs&Hydro
#3 - Hemp seed oil by Hempus
#4 - Hemp chocolate (white, black, milk) by Hempoint
#5 - Hemp beer by CanaPuglia
#6 - Hemp sneakers by Bohempia
#7 - Hemp scarf by Hoodlamb
#8 - Hemp backpack by Samparka
#9 - Hemp notebook by Canapacruda
#10 - Hempcrete magnet by Obelisk Farm
What makes a perfect Valentine's day gift?
We think that a present for any special occasion should be creative, useful and emotional. Above all, it should be a gift that can melt the heart of your love without contributing to the melting of the Arctic glaciers. Nothing better than choosing a gift that is made by one of the most environmentally friendly plants in the world - HEMP!
What is hempcrete?
Hempcrete is a natural building material made with hurds (the inner woody core of hemp) and mixed with lime. The hurds works well as a building material because they are lightweight and at the same time sturdy, offering excellent thermal regulation and moisture control. Using hempcrete in construction is not a new idea, although it has recently been rediscovered and its use is spreading all over the world.
How is hempcrete used?
Hemp concrete is an efficient, non-toxic, mold-resistant material used as thermal insulation to make floors, ceilings, and walls. It is very common for hempcrete to be combined with other materials. The system is simple: You choose two fixed pillars (of wood, masonry or another type of structure). Then these two points are connected by two plywood, one on each side, leaving a gap between them. This empty space is then filled with the mixture. Soon the compensated ones are removed exposing the ready wall!
Being a naturally breathable material, hempcrete is also often used to make floors or insulation on roofs.
What are the benefits of hempcrete?
Hempcrete has many advantages over conventional building materials. Here are some of its many benefits:
Resistant to pests
Excellent moisture control
Learn more about hempcrete
Hempcrete offers versatility and sustainability. You can learn here at the farm how to build with hemp, join us on 27-28th July for our hemp building course.
The University on their end will develop all the lab tests necessary for this product be approved for human consumption. We all want to make sure hemp straws do not rot or get mold. They also gave us a great idea which is to develop hemp sticks for sushi! This sounds awesome! Making a hemp straw that can be converted in chopsticks is such an amazing idea!
We will keep you updated on the progress of these products. Fingers crossed 🤞
1. Our Hemp bars received the award for the best plant-based product in Riga Food 2018. It was people's vote so this gives us a lot of happiness and motivation to keep going! Our award will give us the chance to travel to Germany in January and take part in the Green Week 2019! We will keep you posted!
2. Because of Hemp, we have traveled this year to Austria, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium.
3. We have participated in 3 of the most amazing and interesting hemp events of Hemp in Europe, namely: 8th International Hemp Building Symposium, Hemp2020: Entrepreneurship & Investing and the International Cannabis Policy Conference.
4. This year we have been visited by over 1000 people that took part in tours, tastings, workshops, and courses at the farm. Next year we will only be open on the weekends, so if you want to guarantee your activity at the farm, you should book with us in advance.
5. We have successfully delivered another Hemp Building Course at the farm. This year we had Kerth from HempToday joining us. Next year the Hemp Building Course is already available for booking, take advantage of the early bird price! Come and learn how to build with Hemp in Latvia!
6. We have reached a total amount of 550 euros from online and offline donations for our Hemp Museum. If you would like to support us, our crowdfunding campaign is still ON!
7. We have developed over 8 different hemp products and we hope next year we will be producing way more! Check out our online shop to see what we have done so far.
8. Last but not least, after 10 years together we decided to finally get married this year! We enjoyed being surrounded by our closest friends and family ❤
What an amazing year we had! We truly hope you will continue to follow us in this great adventure we call life and perhaps we will meet at Obelisk Farm in 2019! Visit us!
All in all, this was our most successful story! Even though this was not fully our experience, we all win with this case. As the police also mentioned, there are more and more farmers growing hemp and the way the police acts should not cause anyone harm. Additionally, hemp is part of the Latvian history and culture and Ms. Dzidra case brought to light issues related with cannabis policy that was long overdue.
We are now setting-up our Hemp Museum, which will be dedicated to cannabis in Latvia and also to the different uses of cannabis. If you would like to support us creating this museum, you can donate here. Every act counts, it doesn't matter how big or small your donation is, it will help us achieve our dream!
See below why you should attend the International Cannabis Policy Conference (ICPC) 2018
According to the ICPC: "from 5-7th December
You want to hear about with top research, industry and policy leaders". The event will also present "contribution of cannabis & industrial hemp markets and products innovations relevant to the achievements of the 2030 UN
3) +15 Exhibitors
4) Get your certificate
By participating in the event you will earn a valuable certification. According to ICPC, all participants will be able to obtain a certificate of attendance from the Registration Desk.
Source and photo credit: http://conference.faaat.net/
Next in line, is our hemp peanut butter. Yummy, is so delicious. And we want to share this deliciousness with you. Soon this product will be available in our online shop. So far, visitors were able to taste and buy this product on the farm. We were a bit afraid of shipping the hemp peanut butter. But after many tests and also our road trip, we are now 99.9% sure that the quality of the product remains the same even when it has to travel long distances. So, we are very happy to add this tasty and healthy hemp peanut butter in our online shop.
And yes! Yes! The hemp snack that got Andris the prize of "Best plant-based product" in Riga Food a few months ago will also be in our online shop. Our hemp bar was carefully made by Andris, after months of experiments until he found the perfect recipe. The hemp bar contains hemp seeds, oat, and sugar. It is an excellent source of protein and it will certainly give you that extra energy boost. It goes super well with a cup of our hemp tea.
Finally, we are now designing something very special for you. We can't say much about it, but we can give you some clues. These new products are made with 100% hemp fiber and they are being created for children but there will be also something for the grown-ups. We are working very hard to make in time for Christmas, so fingers crossed! In the meantime, if you find that some of our products would be a great present for your family, friends, colleagues, staff or partners, and you wish to order from us (quantities above 50) do get in touch. We can provide you with a list and prices of our products.
New ideas mean new products as well. These days we have been busy creating and recreating our hemp products. It's a process that has back and forwards moments but we truly excited about the final results. We have been meeting people also interested in helping us throughout this process. This week, we meet Inga from ॐ junjala that took from photos of our products. Since our friend David came to visit us and try our new products we began a journey of discovery. Here are some of the moments we shared together:
We expect exciting and busy times ahead. But the most important is the special journey we are in.
How did you come up with your business idea?
My girlfriend and my partner.
How important is Hemp to the project?
Who is your primary audience - and who is the more unexpected one?
People interested in making better choices about food and drinking.
What is the greatest difficulty you feel about Margaça BioStore?
And your biggest achievement?
Sell CBD to prohibitionists.
What are the upcoming challenges or plans to develop Margaça BioStore?
Provide doctor appointments at our store and fight misinformation.
What tips can you give us and to anyone starting and/ or wanting to develop their own Hemp business?
Be resilient as hell!
📌 "On the Hemp Farm with" is a monthly edition whose aim is to introduce hemp businesses/brands/products/entrepreneurs. Would you like to participate? Send usan email to email@example.com
Photo credit: Carlos Gavina
- Presents in its composition omega 3 and, therefore, help you to take advantage of the benefits offered by this nutrient;
- Due to the richness of proteins, it is an excellent source to supplement the diet;
- Vegan and vegetarian diets can be greatly benefited by the use of hemp protein because of their richness;
- Fatty acids are very important for the maintenance of the skin. Therefore, nothing better than making use of Hemp protein powder;
- The hemp seed is considered an excellent source for obtaining vegetable protein.
Here at home, we use hemp protein in many of our favorite dishes. One of them is the perfect Autumn recipe - Hemp protein powder pancakes. So, we'll share this super easy to make recipe!
- 2 cup of hemp milk ( we used hemp milk but you can use whatever you like: cow milk, almond milk, coconut milk
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of hemp protein powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
Mix all the ingredients until a homogeneous consistency is obtained. Place a portion of the dough in a circular shape in a pre-heated, non-stick frying pan. Cover with a lid. When the dough begins to make "bubbles" turn and leave a few seconds, and repeat until the dough looks ready. These amounts give for approximately 4-5 medium-sized pancakes.
We stuffed our pancakes with a homemade raspberry and apple compote made by ourselves and a couple of hand-picked raspberries from our garden.
We hope you try and enjoy it!
1. You will learn something new
In our hemp farm, we offer different educational activities for all ages, adults and kids alike! Whether is learning about hemp by taking a tour, tasting delicious and healthy hemp products or taking in part in our workshops, at the end you will definitely know something about hemp that you didn't know when you arrive. The wide variety of activities available on the farm can help stimulate your appetite for learning about hemp uses and benefits.
2. You will support a family farm
When you visit our farm, you not only learn about hemp you will be also supporting our family farm. Without the support from visitors and friends, we would not be able to continue the work we have been carrying out for the past 3 years. We hope that by providing the best products we can at reasonable prices you will find the importance of contributing to preserving the health of our agriculture, environment, and local food system.
3. You will reconnect with nature
All in all, we are spending way too much time in front of screens. On the way to work or school, in the car, on the bus, before eating and before going to sleep, the screen presence is stronger than ever. Taking some time to come to our farm, will help you get out and into the wild and green fields all over the farm. Many studies have shown that the exposure to screens is associated with increased fatigue and depression. While studies on outdoor have shown that it improves mental health and decreases feelings of stress and anxiety. Read more about it here
Overall, we believe that a big part of our visitors have a great pleasure visiting our farm because they get to know us, chat with us, walk throw the hemp fields and they learn a lot about this plant. We believe that our enthusiasm for hemp is contagious and this feeling is spreading among the visitors. We know of many people who after visiting us they started growing hemp. This gives us a great joy! If you feel this is the right time to come to our farm, you are welcome to pay us a visit! We are now only open during the weekends and as always you need to book your activitiy beforehand.
A quick search on the catalog of Dainu skapī (http://dainuskapis.lv/) revealed a significant number of a special type of folk-poems, called "dainas" about cannabis. We thought this could be interesting for those that like us want to know more about the history of hemp in Latvia. We believe these poems have great merit because they sum up in a few words all the experience collectively accumulated. Since these are pearls of wisdom, we put up a list of 10 that prove cannabis is part of Latvian culture.
With only two ingredients, you can make a 100% natural hemp milk, being an easy, economical and of course, delicious option!
Hemp milk has become our dairy alternative choice for three reasons:
1) Hemp seeds have a great taste, we all love the nutty flavor!
2) Hemp is healthy! Hemp seeds are a great source of vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids.
3) We grow hemp and anyone can do it! This is, of course, a cheap and readily available alternative.
All in all, hemp is a very versatile plant. Flour, milk, oil are some of the products resulting from this plant full of benefits. For being a healthy and tasty alternative, hemp milk has everything to be part of your menu. You can drink it pure or even include in other recipes.
Here is the how we make our hemp milk:
We use 1 glass of hemp seeds and 3 glasses of water.
First, we blend the hemp seeds in water until it becomes smooth. We usually put our blender on a high-speed setting for 2 minutes. Then, we strain the pulp from the liquid (hemp milk). You can refrigerate or drink it straight away. And voilà, there you have it. You're own hemp milk. Cheers!
Photos credit: Obelisk Farm
How did you come up with your business idea? I've always loved the plant Cannabis since I was very young. I always believed that this plant could really make a big change in the world and we are witnessing it right now! I did some research and found out that planting Hemp is legal in Portugal, so I decided to take a shot at it. I really believe this industry has a lot to give.
How important is Hemp to the project? It is the Holy grail of the project for sure!
Who is your primary audience - and who is the more unexpected one? Nowadays we have much more people informed about the beneficial effects of cannabinoids, so I would say that we aim for people from 8 (with parental consent, of course) to 80 years old. The more unexpected I would say is everyone who is uninformed regarding the legalization and everything else related to this plant. I realized people jump to conclusions when talking about it, and I really want to change that.
What is the greatest difficulty you feel about HempLife? I would say the burocracy and some regulations about the licence for planting Hemp.
And your biggest achievement? Having a Hemp Farm/business.
What are the upcoming challenges or plans to develop HempLife? Setting up a platform to help others to become Hemp related businesses and make a change in Portugal.
What tips can you give us and to anyone starting and/ or wanting to develop their own Hemp business? If it really moves you, no matter what anybody says, just go for it!
Final words: Thank you for this opportunity! Love you all, and we're together in this HempLife
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Photo credit: HempLife
After we wrote 10 Hemp Projects in Latvia You Should Know About, we decided to dig deeper and expand our research to all of Europe. We started listing the projects we know, and then we add other hemp businesses, services, museums, organizations, farms etc. that we found during our research. If you are a hemp enthusiast or if you are simply curious about hemp projects in Europe, keep reading we made this list for you!
The Hemp Embassy Vienna: An organization "open to anyone who wishes to learn about cannabis".
Hempmade: An eco-clothing store with a special focus on hemp fiber.
Póbetlsch-Gle: A research center that holds "one of the very few cannabis reserach license in the world".
Eco-Cannabis: A farm growing industrial hemp.
CannaBio: A company that grows and produces hemp products.
Bohempia: Shoes, clothing and acessories made with hemp.
Hemp Copenhagen Co.: High-quality baby textiles and other textiles made of 100% (organic) hemp.
Tammejuure Organic Farm: The most famous hemp farm in Estonia.
Saana ja Olli: A designer couple producing 100% hemp textile collections.
La Maison du Chanvre: A hemp shop in Lyon selling various hemp products.
Ferme du Clos Berteaux: Hemp farm based in L'Échelle.
Le Cannabiste: A magazine whose purpose is to communicate and inform mainly about cannabis.
Hanf Museum Berlin: Hemp museum based in Berlin.
Hanf Magazine: Print and online magazine dedicated to cannabis.
Cannafreeze: Ice creams made with hemp: 100% free THC.
Balkannabis Expo: International conference dedicated to hemp and medical cannabis.
Cannabis International Poster Exhibition: Cannabis-related posters exhibition.
Dynamite: A company that sells hemp & snails fish bait.
Dublin Hemp Museum: A museum dedicated to the history of cannabis in Ireland.
develop, promote and supports the sustainable production and use of all hemp-based construction materials and by-products."
The Hemp Kitchen: Organic and vegan food and drinks made with hemp.
Museo della canapa: A museum of hemp that collects "traces of material culture, multimedia testimonies, stories and interpretations of hemp in various contexts."
Italian Cannabis Business School: A school that aims to prepare students for the cannabis market.
CanapaCruda: A handmade hemp paper shop. They also provide hemp paper workshops.
Kanèsis: A hemp 3d printing e-commerce company.
BeLeaf: A magazine specialized in cannabis culture.
Canapa Nostra: A hemp movie documentary.
Kanapinė Krautuvė: A hemp shop located in the heart of Vilnius.
Kanapės galia/Hemp power: Organic hemp farm producing hemp tea.
Kanapių kultūros draugija: An association that aims to unite all who are familiar with cannabis plant properties.
Sana Hemp Juice: The only raw juice commercially available in Europe.
Hoodlamb: Clothing brand using hemp.
Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum: A museum about the past, present, and future of cannabis.
Van.Eko: This start-up developed a sustainable electric scooter called the Be.e made with hemp body.
Hampmannen.no: A hemp shop with various hemp products, including hemp foods and hemp cosmetics.
HempToday: A hemp specialized newspaper based in Lelów.
HemPoland: A company that offers a variety of raw hemp products.
Cannativa - Associação de Estudos sobre Canábis: An association that aims to study and disseminate information on cannabis.
Cannadouro: A cannabis conference taking place in Porto.
HempLife - A hemp farm located in Algarve.
Cavvas: A hemp textile shop also called the "the manufacturer of the most eco-friendly hemp textiles".
Revista Cáñamo España: Spanish magazine dedicated to the cannabis culture.
Expocáñamo: A hemp culture fair with many conferences, concerts, shows, and workshops.
Hampvaruhuset: A shop specialized in hemp as an isolation material, and hemp textiles.
CannaTrade: Europe's oldest hemp fair.
Cannamedia: A consultancy company based in Zürich.
Hempire UA: Kiev-based company specialized in hemp building.
The Hemp Shop: From clothes to food, paper, rope, fabric you can find anything made with hemp in this shop.
UK Hemp Association: An association that works to develop industrial hemp in the UK.
UK Hempcrete: A natural building company specialized in the use of hempcrete.
If you know other projects in Europe, feel free to add their name's and contact info in the comments.
Ok, so let's start with our first-year experience. After we got some tips and ideas from our online and offline search, we decided to give it a try. We planted 20kg/ha of Finola seeds (read more about these seeds here: http://finola.fi/) because we wanted to produce hemp oil and we knew that Finola seeds are very good for this purpose. We found a study about Finola seeds that captured our attention: "Hempseed as a nutritional resource: An overview", J.C. Callaway (2004), especially this part (pag.68):
What went well in our first experience:
- The weather was fair, a mix of sunny and rainy days. The perfect condition for our plants;
- The hemp grown quite well, lots of seeds!
What went wrong:
- Our plantation was a mix of hemp and weeds, at some point, it seems there were more weeds than hemp;
- We did not took all that we could from the plant, we only harvest the hemp seeds;
- We also lost many seeds in the drying hemp process.
Our first-year hemp fields:
Our first- year hemp harvesting:
We learn a lot from our first experience, and we thought that we would be prepared for the second year. We planted the same amount of Finola seeds, improve our drying system and realize that we could harvest way more than the hemp seeds.
What went well in our first experience:
- We planted the seeds at the beginning of May and were able to harvest in the middle/end of September;
- We harvest hemp tea (mid-August), hemp seeds, hemp stalks, hemp roots;
- We had amazing volunteers who came to help us out, full of energy and eager to learn about hemp (would you like to volunteer at our farm during our harvesting? apply here).
What went wrong:
- Rain, lots and lots of rain! We can't forget the viral video of a farmer that swim with his crop because we felt like doing something like that!
- Since there was a lot of rain, the plant did not grow properly. They were quite small (even though Finola is meant to be shorter than other seeds... still our plants look like baby plants)
- Birds were very keen to eat all our seeds, we install a sound system but later we got to know that this sound affects the plants and decided to stop it.
Our second-year hemp fields:
The scare birds sound system:
And what about now? How are we growing hemp.. you may wonder! Well, first of all, we took some samples of our fields to know exactly what the land was missing. We advise anyone, that wants to grow hemp to test your land first. Maybe you already done it, we didn't! And we think that we miss a big point. Because when we received the report we realize that our land was missing important minerals to allow hemp to grow healthy and strong, good PH levels are 6.0-6.6 . Our report looked like this:
After we understand what was missing, we give the land all the minerals needed - also we added lime -. We also planted more hemp seeds (30kg/ha). This year, we planted Fedora seeds, that is a French industrial hemp plant which a high content of CBD (2%-4%) and almost no THC. So, very good for our hemp tea! Additionally, it is a plant that is long and can be used for hemp fiber production. Andris says that our hemp plants are growing by the hour, and we can all agree that they look very vigorous!
We planted our hemp seeds later May/beginning June, so we hope by the end of August we will be able to harvest our hemp tea. All in all, this journey has been very interesting and as everything in life we learn as we go, but these are the things we learn so far and might be useful for you to know:
- Always plant more hemp seeds per hectare to avoid weeds;
- Check your land, does it miss important nutrients? Then, you should give the land what it needs;
- Think about what you want the hemp plant for. Is it for hemp food? Or maybe you are looking for hemp fiber? Choose the hemp seeds according to your needs/desires.
Altogether, we can reassure you that growing your own hemp is one of the most amazing experiences! It is of course, easier to start planting hemp when you have a couple of inside tips and you feel confident about it. On our hemp farming course, we share more details about technical issues of growing the plant. Also, we have an individual consultancy program, where you can bring your queries and we will be happy to answer all your burning questions. We hope that by sharing our know-how you will be able to find some inspiration and get the courage to jump into the hemp movement! Good luck to all!
Andris outside of our hemp shop.
Our hemp shop is located in our cold room. One side, you can find our delicious and healthy hemp products and on the other side we store veggies, fruits, jams, chutneys and other goodies.
Hemp tea looks amazing on the wooden shelves made by Andris. Our hemp tea is also available in our online shop.
Hemp tea, hemp protein powder, and hemp chopped tea are available loose so when you visit us you can bring your own bag and take as much as you need.
Hemp peanut butter is everyone's favorite product!
Hemp oil is now available in small bottles (50ml) but we hope to have 250ml bottles available soon!
We love what we do here at Obelisk Farm and nothing makes us happier than sharing the work we carry out in our hemp farm with everyone. Come along and visit us this summer!
(Image credits: Magazine A12)
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