Broomstraw Farm is a small, family-owned farm in rural Chatham County, North Carolina. In the past, we have raised grass-fed beef for sale in our local food co-op. In addition, we manage a small stand of Loblolly pine trees for eventual harvest for wood products and paper pulp.
This year, our application for legal hemp production was approved by the North Carolina Hemp Commission. We planted our first crop of clones in May, 2018.
We quickly discovered that there is not much published information available on the production of hemp (Cannabis Sativa) that is grown for hemp oil / CBD production. An important fact about growing hemp for CBD oil is that the THC content must be below 0.3% in both the growing plant and in the resulting CBD oil.
This legal requirement drives a strong desire on the farmer's part to only grow known, tested cultivars that are low in THC and high in CBD. This means that even a small farm needs an economical, effective method of producing plant clones each year to grow the next year's production.
Clones need light. Good light. Full spectrum light that is similar to sunlight, and economical to produce 18 hours a day in order to simulate the long day growing season of the plant in its vegetative growth phase.
We couldn't find a light on the market that met our stringent requirements, so we partnered with an OEM supplier to sell the same light that we use to our horticultural and home garden customers. This was the start of Broomstraw Farm Grow Lights.