“I’m a big believer in hemp,” said Miller. “This is a product that can be used for so many things. People are now recognizing the benefits of CBD oil for many things from arthritis to seizures.
There is so much more though. Fiber can be used for clothing, rope, building materials, paper and even food.”
Miller hopes that hemp products will be central to the rural resort she has planned for the farm’s future and envisions luxury tents made of hemp fiber, hemp mats for yoga, and hemp robes.
“I plan for this to become a luxury retreat; a place for people to come out to the country and get in touch with the land.
There is nothing more fitting than having them use products made of a sustainable material like hemp and having them be surrounded by the very crop that goes into it,” she said.
The first year has been a learning experience for Miller and her farm staff as hemp is a very labor intensive crop.
The initial planting of 14,000 seeds per acre had some bare spots so areas were reseeded with 28,000 seeds per acre.
Once the plants sprouted, male plants were carefully removed, pests removed and THC content was monitored to be sure the plants contained less than the legal limit of 0.3%.
Harvest of the 2019 crop was done completely by hand and took almost one month to complete with Miller and 15 people cutting, drying, chopping and bagging the product for shipment.