In early 2019, Rachael and Jesse Smedberg took a leap of religion and acquired a corn farm in Beecher. A corn silo stays on the 65-acre property that’s now Tulip Tree Gardens and Wellness Farm, however corn is now not grown there.
Instead, the Smedbergs function a boutique-style farm stand and develop heirloom greens, flowers and hemp on simply 10 acres at 1236 E. Eagle Lake Road. They sow the the rest with cowl crops of rye grass and small grains as half of a seven-year effort to revive the soil.
“Hemp provides 85 percent of our income, but it’s not 100 percent of what we do,” mentioned Jesse Smedberg, who shelved a profession in heavy equipment and automation to take up sustainable farming.
So far, the Smedbergs have derived the bulk of their revenue by specializing in hemp for its derivatives, that are believed by many to alleviate insomnia, regulate metabolism, scale back ache from arthritis and discourage seizures in those that undergo epilepsy.
Tulip Tree Gardens can be growing a light-weight, extremely absorbent cat litter constructed from hemp leaves and stalks.
While the rising recognition of hemp pertains to its purported therapeutic properties minus the hallucinatory results of marijuana, for hundreds of years hemp was grown to provide rope, textiles, oils and livestock feed. Hemp additionally removes heavy metals from soils. [Read More @ The Chicago Tribune]