Hemp Crop: Growing with the Ruth Stout Method

Our first outdoor CBD hemp crop begins in May 2020!

You may think we are hemp farmers or beef farmers because we grow hemp and raise beef, but you’d be wrong!

We are soil farmers!

As a soil farmer, we keep our soil alive by helping nature create rich nutrient soil that contains natural living organisms.

We help take care of the soil and the soil takes care of our plants and pastures.

Growing Our Hemp Crop Outdoors

Our outdoor hemp crop will include between 300 to 400 hemp clones/seeds in a no-till method of growing hemp. No-till means not tilling the ground before we plant our seeds and clones.

By not disturbing the ground we are allowing our soil to be healthier and more abundant. Better soil means a better crop.

Soil gains nutrients through natural means such as compost, vermiculture, live worms, homemade organic teas, and cover crops. We create organic teas from organic alfalfa, corn, aloe, and molasses. We don’t feed the plants – we feed the soil.

Yes, the hemp plant’s leaves tell us what the soil is missing for the plant’s health. Or that the soil’s PH is too alkaline or acidic for the hemp plant. We have to fix the root of the problem, which is in the soil, not the plant. By naturally helping the soil we help the current hemp crop have a good harvest. Plus, many more harvests to come.

We do not use any pesticides organically approved or not. Nor will we be using bottled nutrients.

Besides no-till farming, we are using the Ruth Stout method of growing also known as Lasagna Gardening.

Getting the hemp field ready

Step 1: In late September 2019, we brush hogged or mowed down the planting area.

Field with a row of old hay

Step 2: Rolled out old decomposing hay onto the planting area

hay rolled out

Step 3: Rick wonders if this is thick enough. Plus, this is hard work unrolling decomposing bales by hand.

Step 4: Repeat until the hay covers the entire hemp crop area.
Unfortunately, we didn’t finish step 4.
Instead, we started construction for the indoor grow area.

Step 5: Winter arrived before we were ready so we enlisted the Dexter herd. They are currently pushing the hay in the snow all around the outdoor grow area

Worms in dirt - live soil
Compost Pile

Step 6: Move compost piles with worms onto the field.
This will need to wait until spring too. Right now the fields are too snowy and wet. Until then the worms and microorganisms will continue working for us.

Growing Hemp Indoors

We are currently renovating the barn for an inside grow.

Until spring we will see you on the inside.
Check out our indoor hemp grow.

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