US (NY): "The future of regenerative farming looks to hemp"

One of the first companies licensed to grow industrial hemp in New York, Hudson Hemp got its start in 2017 shortly after hemp was legalized in the state. “We decided to go in this direction as hemp is a particularly specialized plant in carbon sequestering, which ties into our regenerative agricultural practices,” says Hudson Hemp co-founder Melany Dobson, of the decision to go into the hemp business. 

Hemp in regenerative farming
Not only does regenerative farming work to reverse the effects of chemical pollution and decarbonization to improve topsoil health and fertility, it also helps reduce soil erosion and loss that can contribute to climate change.
Together with her sister, Freya, and brother, Ben, Dobson and the Hudson Hemp farm team focus on enriching and leaving the soil of their Old Mud Creek Farm and Stone House Farm properties better off than they found it. Born into a family that raised lettuce and tomatoes, Dobson only decided to follow in her father’s organic farming footsteps after a stint in Northern California opened her eyes to the possibilities the cannabis industry had to offer.

“Regenerative farming aims to not only maintain the integrity of the environment, but enhance it with strategic crop rotation and nutrient sequestering,” she explains. “Organic farming may meet certain guidelines and regulations to achieve certification, but doesn’t follow the same format of ecosystem balancing that allows for longevity in sustainable harvesting.”

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