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!
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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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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!
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Last season was a wonderful adventure that taught us so much: we learn what works for us and for you. We took notes of all your suggestions and recommendations and (re) design the Obelisk Farm experience. For those of you who have visited us in the past, and for those who plan to visit us in the near future, we have compiled a list of all the major improvements. We hope you will find eight very good reasons to come back or to visit us for the first time.
#1 Hemp school
We started providing tours and seminars in a small barn, that was initially designed to be a workstation but eventually turn out to be the first point of our hemp tour. It did work rather well for the first year, but we needed a more adequated place. This is why we renovate one of our largest barns and turn it into a Hemp school. We would love you to come and visit this amazing place we created for you and where we develop workshops, tours, tastings and other hemp-themed events.
#2 We started our #zerowaste journey
We wanted to implement this change earlier, but better now than never! This season, a section in our farm shop will sell loose hemp products. This means, that when you visit us you can bring your own bag and choose as much or as little you need. Initially, we will have hemp powder, hemp chopped tea and hemp seeds available by the kilo. Even though we will start with a small number of products that are sold without a package, we intend in the future to be a 100% package free shop.
#3 New products available in our hemp shop
At our hemp shop, you will find the true classics that we can't live without including hemp tea with seeds and buds, hemp peanut butter, hemp protein powder but also fresh discoveries, such as our hemp fragrance, hemp chopped tea, hemp soaps, and hemp magnets. Visit us to see it for yourself.
#4 Converting our library into a Hemp Museum
As you might know by now if you read our previous post, we are planning to set up our own Hemp Museum here at the farm. Our idea is to convert the barn where is now located our library into a space that displays traces of material culture, multimedia documentation, stories and interpretations of hemp in various contexts. At this moment, this is only a dream but we hope with your support we will be able to make it a reality! Thus, from now on when you visit us you will be able to browse and purchase any book available on the library and contribute to building our Hemp Museum.
#5 Hemp samples
Would you like to know what hemp fabric looks and feels like? Or perhaps, you are interested in knowing what a hempcrete brick really is. Now you can see, touch, feel or smell a wide range of hemp products! From hemp fabric to hemp rope, to hemp paper to hemp shives!
#6 Our hemp tours in several languages
Obelisk Farm tours are now available in Latvian, English, Russian and Portuguese. You can uncover all of our farm secrets in these languages! Additionally, Spanish and French languages may be available if you book in advance.
#7 New tasting menu
Our tasting menu got even tastier! You can now try out our delicacies that include wonderful hemp flapjack, our hemp tea and hemp milk, homemade hemp bread and hemp peanut butter, and also try our hemp protein powder, hemp roasted seeds, and hemp oil. Everything is so yummy! Made with love just for you!
#8 We are open every day!
From 1st May, you can visit us every day from 9 am until 7 pm. However, we will still keep the appointment only system. As we want to ensure you have the best possible experience we are not yet able to accommodate walk-ins. We can usually adjust previous day appointments but we highly recommend booking your visit at least 1 week in advance to guarantee your preferred visit time. You can contact us to book your next visit!
“On the Hemp Farm with” is a series of interviews we will conduct with people involved in the hemp field, this might include hemp farmers, shops, enthusiasts, companies, investors, and entrepreneurs. Each month you’ll learn about what’s going on in the Hemp industry and get some inside tips. Explore and discover hemp ideas and projects by following the advice of inspiring hemp experts that know hemp inside out!
Our first interview is with Manuel Duarte, the co-founder of Cânhamo Hemp House, a hemp shop located in Portugal. The shop not only sells several industrial hemp products such as textiles, beverages, hygiene products, and food products but also actively works to promote industrial hemp in Portugal.
How did you come up with your business idea? After reading Thom Hartmann's book "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight".
How important is Hemp to your project? For various reasons: the sustainability of the planet; the ecological footprint; the local and national economy and also and no less important than the previous arguments, this is the most versatile, most complete and most profitable plant on the planet. I believe it was the plant of the past and is already being the plant for the future.
Who is your primary audience - and who is the more unexpected one? Young people, of course. The most unlikely is the septic ones.
What is the greatest difficulty you feel about Cânhamo House Hemp? Only the transformation of the material that does not exist in Portugal.
And your biggest achievement? Beyond what has been said is still the transformation, although soon we will have advances and much surprises.
What are the upcoming challenges or plans to develop Cânhamo House Hemp? The central question is the lobbies: oil; cellulose; pharmaceutical company and the cement company that has controlled the media.
What tips can you give us and to anyone starting and/ or wanting to develop their own Hemp business? From our experience, the most important is the relationship with the population with concrete products transformed and at fairs and festivals.
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There are many reasons why we are proud to have Broccoli magazine at our farm and why we love Broccoli so much, but here comes a few:
Changing the way we look at Cannabis and it's users
When some people think about Cannabis they tend to associate with a dreadlocked guy wearing a Bob Marley's T-shirt and smoking a joint. However, Broccoli shows us a different side, on the cover of the first issue we can see a delicate flower arrangement filled with Cannabis plants that amazed us for it's out of the box design and unparallel elegance. Broccoli does make a stand for the legalization of Cannabis and against the stigmatization of its users.
For Women by Women
100% made by women! The magazine hears the female voices, not only about Cannabis but about various topics such as art, creativity, music, design and more. Cannabis is an element they use as a mean of interact with all other aspects of women's lives.
Content and Design
CBD, horoscopes, Ikebana, weed ice creams, Mexican candle making and so much more! The content of Broccoli is so diverse and each of its 80 pages will make you go on a journey of (re) discovering the universe of Cannabis culture. The design is just WOW! We especially love page 69!
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Before the project, Andris build the frames since we already knew what we wanted. The main idea was to renovate our house porch so we could have a functional structure. At this stage, we decided that we wanted the frame to be visible but it's entirely up to the builder if he wants to have a visible or "invisible" frame.
In regards to the materials, we use to build the porch the list is not extensive since besides the mixer, wooden frames and plywood we only needed water, hemp shives, and lime. This last substance should be used with care as it's harmful when in contact with the skin. For this reason, we used gloves and protecting masks because of the dust generated when mixing.
Since our building structure was small, it didn't take us long to fill in the frames. The workload was divided in the following way: one to two participants were responsible for the mixer and bringing the mixture to other ones who were filling in the frame and tapping the mixture. When a section was filled with the mixture we took out the plywood that was holding the mixture and lift it up to continue the process. This needs to be repeated until all the wall is filled with the mixture. We only use one mixer considering the size of the structure, however, if you are planning to build something bigger is important that you have bigger mixers or a second one.
While building we had rain showers that made the hemp walls to dry a bit slower. This needs to be taken into consideration when building with hemp. We didn't have the chance to finish our roof but we plan to do it this year. Still, we were lucky enough to use hemp plaster and decorate the wall with a figure. Edvinas, a participant from Lithuania made a wolf figure with respect to a wolf organization that he represents.
After the course, we decided to cover the structure and put back the wood, the same as the rest of the house. But this is entirely up to you! You can cover the structure you build or leave it as it is. We get a bit addicted to this kind of experience and that's why we want to repeat it. So, this year, we will have another hemp building course here at the farm. We have loads of ideas we want to develop and we're sure we'll build amazing stuff. Additionally, having Kerht Reyer, the founder of HempToday as a guest will definitely be another unique opportunity to learn more about hemp industry.
Easter is coming! Here are the farm, our Easter morning usually starts by going outside and searching for wild greens to decorate the eggs. It’s always refreshing to go to the woods and hunt for the perfect leaves. Kids love it and so do we! But it’s when we get home, that the magic (mess) begins!
Last year, we made a couple of experiments. We used different dyeing techniques and also try out several materials. Our friends David from Cotton Island and Laura join us for Easter and together we used hemp for the first time to decorate the eggs. We learn a lot from messing around. The first thing we tried was to mix hemp flowers with the onion skins but we didn’t get the color we wished for. Since we believe this process should be made with fresh hemp flowers and at the time we only had dried ones. We also used hemp fiber and hemp shives to the decorate the eggs. The effects were quite stunning!
If you would like to add a different material for decorating your Easter eggs, or just looking for some inspiration for a DIY project keep reading we made this post just for you!
What you will need:
Wild greens, hemp fiber, hemp chives
1. We get our eggs from our neighbor's farm. But if for you “eggs are a no-go”, then there are other alternatives
2. We boil the onion skins to the point the water gets dark brown. We usually do it one day before Easter so it allows the color to set
3. Next, we prepare the cloths and strings (we use hemp fiber since is strong enough to hold the form)
4. Then we sort out hemp fibers and shives, flowers and wild greens we have picked previously. We place the materials on the egg creating different patterns. This is the moment where we let the imagination run wild!
5. We wrap the cloth and string around the decorated egg and finally, we boil the eggs with the onion skins for 5-7 minutes approximately. We cool them down and take off the cloth and all elements around the egg
6. And voilá, there we have our eggs decorated using various materials including hemp fibers and shives.
We hope this year we will come up with new ideas for our Easter eggs. Do you have any suggestions? We would love to hear from you! Feel free to share your adventures making Easter Eggs!
The public perception of hemp is changing and so is the hemp industry in Latvia. With several projects popping, we decided that was time to compile and share few of them with you. Our list includes profit and not for profit projects that are proof that the hemp industry in Latvia is here to stay!
Adore my Hemp is an adorable project of two sisters, Ieva and Vineta. Together they make unique handwoven hemp and silk fabrics for fashion and interior designers. This is definitely, a charming enterprise in Latvia that has captivates us for its singularity. Website
You might already know this company but if you don’t you can find their products in many Rimi's or Maxima's supermarkets. Ramans offers hemp seeds, hemp protein, and hemp oil. Ramans also do an incredible job promoting hemp foods in Latvia. Website and Facebook
Interested in building your home from Hemp? Then, this Latvian based company might be what you are looking for! They provide all the information and services you need to build an ecologically friendly house made with hempcrete. Website
The association was established in 2010 and represents hemp growers and producers from Latvia. Latvian Industrial Hemp Association works towards the development of hemp industry and is always looking for new members. Website and Facebook
If you are following us on Facebook, you probably know we have visited this hemp farm and had a great time there. They offer several products made from Hemp and also provide a very entertaining tour around the farm. Website
This is “a hemp farm in the middle of nowhere” that creates amazingly good hemp products, such as hemp pesto, chocolate with hemp seeds and other delicacies! The farm belongs to Ingus Niedra and in his own words: he is happy to bring healthy tasty pleasures to all people who appreciate hemp products. Website
One of the largest cold-pressed manufacturer in the Baltic States that produce different plant-based products. The hemp products available are hemp oil, hemp seed butter, and hemp protein. Website and Facebook.
A very interesting project developed in the heart of Kurzeme, in Aizpute. Besides sharing pretty cool videos about hemp they also develop several educational Hemp-themed activities. Facebook
Loja is a family run hemp farm. They have grown from a home garden to a large farm in North Vidzeme. Loja grows and produces several hemp products that hold a fresh and appealing design that will certainly make you want to try them out! Website
Last but not least, Obelisk Farm is our hemp farm located in Latgale. Besides producing unique hemp products we are also open for tours, courses, workshops, volunteer opportunities, artist retreats and more! This is a project we create and develop with all our heart and souls.
Do you know other Hemp businesses, organizations or local events in Latvia? We are eager to hear everything about that, so leave us a comment! If you enjoyed this post, we’ll be happy if you share it!
(Image credits: Adore my Hemp, Ramans Hemp Food, Hemp Eco Systems Latvia, Adzelvieši, Latvijas Industriālo Kaņepju Asociācija, Rafa Hemp, Slowfood.lv, Clearchannel.lv, Lapka Hemp, Loja and Obelisk Farm)
Our interest in industrial hemp began in 2007. Back then the only products we knew about was hemp oil and a couple of beauty products offered by Body Shop. When we research more about hemp we became fascinated by the massive amount of products that can be obtained from this extraordinary plant. But this was not the reason why hemp stole our hearts! Let us explain why we fall in love with hemp and you should too.
Hemp is a superfood!
Hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, hemp milk, hemp oil, just to name a few are exceptional sources of nutrition. From these foods, you can get essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6), fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Hemp foods are not only suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but for anyone who pursues a healthy and balanced diet. Here at the farm, we have been integrating hemp in almost all our meals. We use hemp foods because we are big fans of its nutty flavor. But also, who wouldn’t love an all-natural option that has loads of health benefits?
Hemp is a sustainable building material!
Our first hands-on experience with hemp as a construction material was last year when Steve Allin came to the farm to give a course on the topic. Together with other participants, we build our house porch. Why do we consider using hemp to build our porch? Because when you mix hemp shives, lime and water there is a perfect match for creating a healthy environment in your home. Hemp is non-inflammable and breathable material that also reduces our carbon footprint. So, when we use hemp as a building material we are actually saving our planet resources. Anyone can build with hemp and if you would like to learn about it you are more than welcome to join our course! Hurry up! Early bird places only available until 1st April
Hemp fabric is eco-cool!
Hemp fabric is without any doubt one of the most environmentally friendly fabric. Slowly but surely, hemp is conquering the fashion market with its durable, anti-microbial and breathable properties. It has, of course, won our hearts and we have made a couple of experiments with hemp fabric. The one we are most proud of is our own handmade pillow entirely made of hemp (filled with hemp flowers and covered with hemp fiber). We have been definitely having a pleasant sleep since we made it!
Hemp paper is better than tree paper!
Though we don’t have a precise number we can only guess how many trees are being cut down at this exact moment to make paper. This thought is just heartbreaking... We strongly believe that we don't have to destroy our life-saving trees to produce paper! The best option, in our opinion, is hemp paper. Hemp grows way faster than trees and can provide us the same product. When guests visit our farm, they are always thrilled to participate in the workshop on how to make hemp paper. The process is quite simple as you can see in our video.
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Obelisk Farm is most known for being a hemp farm. We do have amazing hemp fields surrounding our farm and we also produce hemp products, but there are other bits and pieces that make our farm a magical place. Prepare yourself to be surprised with this list of facts you probably don’t know about Obelisk Farm.
1# We weren’t Obelisk Farm first owners
Perhaps many of you already know this, if you have read about us. Those who don’t know now you do! Our farm first owner was Akinfa Golubevs. And the farm was passed from generation to generation until we bought it in 2010.
2# No road to Obelisk Farm
When we first visit the farm, the guy who was selling the farm brought us in his van to the bumpiest ride ever! He said at the time that there was a road to the farm but due to the snow he couldn’t find the right trail. We believed! But when we came back, next spring we realize that there wasn't any road! And yes, we did had to build our own road to the farm! And yes, it is always under construction. So, this is a lesson we learned and might be useful for you: thinking about buying a home in a remote area? Make sure you have a road!
3# Obelisk Farm is actually called “Swan”
The official name of the farm is “Swan” (in Latvian “Gulbji”). But we decided to go for something more, let’s say… peculiar! That’s why we name our farm as Obelisk Farm. Many people associate it with the stone pillar monument Obelisk, others related to the French comic book cartoon character Obélix. Sorry to disappoint you, folks! But our name has nothing to do with that! We are named Obelisk Farm because we are located in Obeliskas. We thought that would be cool to connect the name of the farm to our village.
4# Obelisk Farm is the youngest family in Obeliskas village
When we moved to Obelisk Farm there were only 10 residents in Obeliskas with ages over 40 years old. There were no children. We became the youngest family living here and this is something that gives us great happiness. Once a “dying” village, today has a family that brings a lot of energy and entertainment.
#5 Obelisk Farm is a Hemp Education Hub
Yes, Obelisk Farm is all about hemp, we live and breath hemp, literally! But we don’t focus only on the production of unique products made with hemp. We also aim to be an educational center. And, what do we mean by that? We want you to come to the farm and learn how Hemp really works. We want to show you how to make your own hemp paper, we want to know how you can grow your own hemp and transform it in useful products, we also want to show you how you can build with hemp. We want to enlight you on the endless potentials of this amazing plant!
#6 Obelisk Farm library has over 3,000 books
Over the years we have collected loads of books, some we bought, others were given by friends, others we even found thrown on the streets, yes you read it right! We did find many books that someone just tossed away. Since we want to create a Hemp Museum in the barn where these books are placed we decided to sell them. So, if you come to the farm you are more than welcome to browse and take the ones you want. This will help us raise funds to build our Hemp Museum.
7# Visitors at Obelisk Farm
In 2017, we had more than 100 visitors! Our guests came from more than 10 different countries including Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Portugal, Taiwan, Serbia, Slovakia, France, Italy, South Africa, Turkey, Sweden, United States, Romania, and Switzerland. From an abandoned to an international farm, we think this is a huge achievement don’t you think?
8# Obelisk Farm is a Chemical Free Farm
In our crops, we do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Sometimes we do get green visitors but we let nature take its course. So, when you buy hemp products from us you know you are getting the real deal! If you are interested in our products, visit our online shop!
9# Obelisk Farm has an unusual greenhouse
Our geodesic dome was made in the same year we moved to the farm. Andris took lessons from a friend over the phone on how to build the dome and he was able to build it in 1 week. Many think that it’s our sauna, but no... inside we grow our tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables.
10# Obelisk Farm is not our main source of income… yet!
We do give all of our hearts and souls to the progress of Obelisk Farm. But besides this work, we also do other stuff that helps us sustain our life on the farm. Andris is currently studying for his Bachelor degree in Food Technology and Debora works in an international company. This is the way we found to live our dream and still provide for our family.
Obelisk Farm is a mix of everything! Besides being our home is also a unique place where past meets the present and builds up the future. Here we also explore the creative intersections between sustainability and diversity. We are happy to consider that on our farm we can enjoy the local while being surrounded by an international atmosphere. So, if you are looking for a Cannabis Sativa farm to learn more about this plant, do pay us a visit and see for yourself the awesomeness that Obelisk Farm has to give!
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