About Our Soil
THE BIG COVER-UP.
The story of your Hemp Extract always begins in the soil in which the hemp is grown.
And that story begins with "cover crops." Very simply, cover crops are specific crops that we plant in the off-season on the very same fields where we grow our cash-crops (gourds, pumpkins, tomatoes . . . and hemp.)
These cover crops provide a "cover" during the winter and spring seasons to protect our fields. The living roots that dig into the soil year-round infuse it with nutrients, replacing what was removed during harvest. The roots also create healthy soil that's resistant to run-off during rain, protecting the surrounding water shed and providing immensely better water far down-steam.
This is all done in place of traditional tilling, which simply turns the soil over with no added or long-term benefit. No-till farming is much more work, but the long-term benefit is enormous.
After 30+ years of cover-cropping, the fields into which your CBD hemp is planted help grow better, more nutrient-rich plants.
WHERE IT ALL BEGINS.
The photo above shows one of our fields with the cover-crop rolled down and crimped (sometimes that cover is 3-4" thick!), and a new row of soil ready for planting.
That's where it all begins. That's where the benefits of your amazing oil start to grow.
ORGANIC vs. CEDAR MEADOW FARM
You're "organic," right?
We receive that question all the time, and it's a common assumption. In reality, we are actually NOT an organic farm...and when broken down into the specifics of the various farming categories, we consider our farm and soil to be BETTER THAN ORGANIC for many reasons.
We've developed a comparison chart that shows the differences.
In addition, we've posted our results from an independent analysis of our soil by the PA Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). Both reports from the 2018 and 2019 studies show you the results of decades of dedication and hard work to make our soil exceptional. Check them out!
Below are some videos showing the real in-field benefits of cover crops and healthy soil direct from Farmer Steve.