On the trail of our hemp - A visit to hemp farmer Sven

May we introduce? This is Sven, one of our partner farmers from Germany. We visited him and his son Robin at home and in their fields in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. We learned a lot of new things about hemp cultivation, which we would like to share with you in this article. 

The cultivation of commercial hemp  

Our hemp farmer Sven has been cultivating commercial hemp organically on his farmland in Saxony-Anhalt for several years. Commercial or industrial hemp is the name given to all varieties of the "Cannabis Sativa L plant" that have a THC content of less than 0.2 percent and can therefore be legally cultivated for commercial use.

Commercial hemp is an extremely versatile plant and is suitable for a variety of purposes, although we mainly need its seeds for our superfoods.

Our hemp seeds are usually sown between the end of April and the beginning of May, when temperatures start to warm up a bit. While in the case of hemp for fibre production we aim for rapid longitudinal growth, in our case it is important that the plants have enough space to grow in width. By keeping the seed density low, Sven ensures that our hemp flowers profusely and produces many seeds throughout the year. The hemp seeds are harvested around September. The parts of the plant that are left over from the seed harvest (such as stalks) can be used, for example, as fibre raw material.

Eco? Logical!

When Sven came to talk about the environmental aspects of hemp cultivation, he was able to add to our enthusiasm for the plant. For him as a farmer, cultivating hemp is a comparatively rewarding task. This is because hemp suppresses weeds, as it grows faster than most plants and thus suppresses any competition. - The plant is largely undemanding and also extremely resistant to diseases and pests. Therefore, Sven can do without the use of any pesticides without endangering the harvest. The roots of the hemp plant also penetrate deep into the soil, giving the plant quick access to groundwater. This is particularly advantageous in times when drought is a growing concern for farmers. By naturally binding CO2, the plant even makes a positive contribution to climate protection. So you see: hemp not only has advantages for our bodies, but also for our nature!

Challenges in hemp cultivation

But even though the hemp plant is relatively easy to care for, not everything always runs smoothly in the fields. For farmers like Sven, the weather risk is one of the biggest problems. While we usually complain about too much rain, a year with little rain can have disastrous consequences for farmers. The fields where our hemp grows are not additionally irrigated, so the yield depends largely on the rain. Even though hemp tolerates drought better than many other plants, it cannot fully compensate for the lack of water. If it is too hot or too dry, the plants sometimes only reach a third of their normal size, which significantly reduces the harvest. The weather risk is also one of the main reasons why we grow hemp not only in Germany, but scattered all over Europe. In this way, we ensure that we can guarantee consistently good quality in our products every year.

We want to know who is behind it

We think that far too seldom people actively think about the path a product has taken from the field to our shopping bag. As we want to enable more conscious consumption, it is close to our hearts to make the journey of our hemp transparent and to show which people are involved. By maintaining personal contact with our partner farmers, we also build close trust with each other, which allows us to ensure maximum fairness and the highest quality. It is always great to meet the people who grow this amazing plant and to experience first-hand how much work, effort and passion is invested so that we end up with a finished product that strengthens our bodies and provides us with important nutrients on a daily basis.