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Black Farmers Hemp aims to bring commerce back to dormant farms

Posted at 10:01 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 23:28:15-05

As a premium, low-THC floral hemp grower and manufacturing company in Louisiana, Black Farmers Hemp (BFH) is charged with reinstating black, dormant farmland in the state back into commerce, according to a BFH release. Their training and research facility will serve as an instructional institution where minority and non-minority farmer clients interested in entering the Louisiana hemp realm can learn all aspects of the industry from seed to sale in a wide-ranging variety of capacities. John Ford started the company in Lafayette after legislation allowed licensed farmers to grow the cash crop.

"I wanted to see if I could make something happen for black farmers, that's how I got here," Ford said.

The BFH partnership is made up of four families, each bringing their particular plant expertise and business knowledge to the table.

"We're on the forefront of it, we're in the beginning stage to show people it's okay," added John Anthony, who farms with his father at the company's second location.

Anthony and his father started their farm in the last year, growing more than a dozen plants. For many generations, Anthony said his family used to farm as their way of life, now he will too.

"As I became older, I realized I wanted to go back to my roots, get my hands dirty. So here we are back in the fields, but indoors," Anthony said.

The group’s facility’s focus is to grow high quality, low-THC floral hemp in controlled environments. So far, the group has developed two grow spaces, with the capacity to produce 200,000 plus grams in 2021. BFH prides itself on the absence of chemical use in their facilities, the release states.

BFH has plans to launch its Zydeco Premium Floral Hemp brand and certified creole Louisiana product in partnership with zydeco celebrity, Lil Nate, in the Spring of 2021.

Black Farmers Hemp will begin to offer new farmers spots into their site training program in the summer of 2021.

"There's a lot of Black farm land that is dormant, and still owned by Black families. We're thinking anyone who has land they want to put into commerce, we'll interview them about how much acreage they have, then suggest if they should grow indoor or outdoor," Ford explained.

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