"Green Heffa Farms, in North Carolina’s Piedmont, has emerged as a national symbol of vision and success in America’s new hemp economy.
As a producer of boutique, full-spectrum hemp-flower products, it has won a cachet in the industry — which is augmented, at least in more enlightened sectors, by the fact that it is Black-owned, and has an overt political consciousness.
Green Heffa’s CEO Clarenda Stanley — popularly known as Farmer Cee — was featured in the April issue of Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, and was last year the 2019 'Featured Farmer' for National Hemp History Week.
'I own almost 15 acres of former tobacco farmland in Liberty, NC, a befitting name,' Stanley tells Project CBD. 'We are a medicinal plants farm, with hemp being one of the many beautiful medicinal plants that we grow.'
Farmer Cee is refreshingly skeptical about the health-fad status of CBD. 'We believe in and practice holistic plant medicine, which is why you do not see us on the CBD bandwagon — that is only one golden organic compound in the plant,' she says.
'There is a lot of misinformation and miseducation in the industry around CBD and the endocannabinoid system, which is a disservice to the plant and to those seeking relief'.”
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"Farmer Cee elaborated on the farm’s social ambitions at an Industrial Hemp Association meeting held in Charlotte, NC, as part of National Hemp History Week in February 2019.
'In addition to being an organic producing farm,' she said, 'we also aim to be a model teaching farm. One of our goals is to have a place for minority women, whether they’re interested in starting up a farm, maybe a nursery, maybe homesteading … They are gonna be able to come to Green Heffa Farms and get the skills and the knowledge that they need to start or expand.'
'We are a social equity farm first,' she emphasized, adding a new twist to an old colloquialism: 'We’re here to level the planting field, and make sure that all farmers will be able to enter this industry and benefit from the myriad aspects and components that make it so great.'
Green Heffa is currently working with farmers of color, teaching them to grow boutique-quality hemp — 'we want to put the best shit possible on the market.'
Stanley describes the farm’s ethic as one of 4Es — 'economic empowerment, education, equity, and environmental stewardship.'
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Hemp Farming While Black | Project CBD
Green Heffa Farms, in North Carolina’s Piedmont, has emerged as a national symbol of vision and success in America’s new hemp economy. As a producer of boutique, full-spectrum hemp-flower products, it has won a cachet in the industry — which is augmented, at least in more enlightened sectors, …