According to the Hemp Business Journal, an online publication that tracks the industry, the hemp industry is projected to earn about $1.9 billion in the US by just selling hemp-based products by 2022.
In a bid to create a niche for herself and represent other black hemp farmers, Clarenda Stanley, the owner of the newly re-branded Green Heffa Farms, (GHF) has launched the market’s first hemp flower plus holy basil botanical tea blend which promotes a healthy immune system.
Stanley is a fifth-generation Black woman farmer who is originally from Alabama’s Black Belt region. Her company GHF is the producer of boutique quality hemp and herbs that are made into premium botanical tea blends.
The premium tea by GHF pairs effortlessly certified organic hemp flower with sustainably cultivated holy basil, which is also referred to as “Queen of Herbs”.
In a fast paced world such as ours, a sip of this tea is said to be the anti-stress reliever we all need as it continues to promote general sense of well-being.
Generally, Black farmers make up a scanty 1.4 percent of USA’s 3.2 million farmers, according to the 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture.
The agriculture professionals say the premium crop can be chiefly well-suited to black landowners, who normally have smaller farms and less overall sales than white farmers.
Black farmland accounts for 0.4 percent of U.S. farmland, and sales account for 0.2 percent of total U.S. agriculture sales, according to the USDA.
“We’re just seeing black farmers emerge in the market,” said Bonita Money, founder of the Los Angeles-based National Diversity Inclusion and Cannabis Alliance, another group connecting hemp farmers of color.
That is why Stanley is proving to be a force to reckon with because she is one of the few woman-owned boutique medicinal plant farmers in North Carolina and nationally as well.
She runs her farm with a set of guiding principles that keep her going daily. They are economic empowerment, environmental stewardship, and equity., She refers to them as the 4Es.
All in all, Green Heffa farms is dedicated to developing a group of women small farmers, particularly those of Black or African American descent. As GHF is contributing their quota to the industry, Stanley can be said to be on the right path to achieving her goal.