Green Gorilla™, a leading manufacturer and brand of cannabidiol (CBD) products, has acquired two farms totaling 1,510 acres of organic farmland through its Gorilla FarmCo™ subsidiary. The farms will be used for planting, growing and harvesting organic hemp that will be used in Green Gorilla™ CBD products, offering consumers a “seed to shelf” line of USDA Certified Organic CBD products.
"The first farm, consisting of 1,474 acres, will be primarily used for growing organic hemp, with the second 36-acre plot used for a research and development facility as well as land for organic hemp cultivation," the team with the company explains.
According to them, Gorilla FarmCo™ will be employing sustainable agricultural practices benefitting the environment by maintaining soil quality without the use of chemical fertilizers, reducing soil degradation and erosion through cover crops and saving water by increasing soil organic matter. "Sustainable agriculture also increases the biodiversity of the area by providing a variety of organisms with a healthy and natural environment in which to live," they say. "Gorilla FarmCo™ will also foster sustainability by using green buildings and solar power. The farmland sits on a large aquifer so efforts to conserve water will be through the capturing of rainfall via holding ponds as well as through the use of compost teas which help increase the water-holding capacity of soils and effluent use in its farming operations. Gorilla FarmCo™ will achieve sustainable agriculture through environmental health, economic profitability and social and economic equity. The company will deploy farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities and animal welfare."
“We are establishing a scalable operation that will enable us to increase CBD production based on manufacturing needs to bring consumers superior CBD products. Being vertically integrated, the company will be in control of the genetics and biomass, ensuring the absolute highest quality USDA Certified Organic seed to shelf CBD products,” said Steven Saxton, founder and CEO of Green Gorilla™
Av Singh, Ph.D., a leading authority on organic hemp and cannabis and chief agricultural scientist for Gorilla FarmCo™, added that “the combination of cover cropping, nutrient-dense soil amendments and compost teas epitomizes what the current movement of organic regenerative cannabis is all about.”
Martin Rivera, an organic farming and microbiology expert, will serve as the general manager of the facility.
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