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!
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 with 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.
(Image credits: Rex Medlen and Obelisk Farm)
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 call “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 on 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!
(Image credits: Roman Kraft, Arita Strode-Kļaviņa, LNT publicitātes foto and Obelisk Farm)
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