Organic Entourage
Well, it looks like growing hemp simply isn't in the cards for us. In spite of excellent reviews and the great care we took in growing premium product, we just could not find enough buyers to make a full fledged business. Nevertheless, we do have some wonderful wholesale accounts and some retail customers who we cherish. We'll be filling orders through the end of the year, but are only planting small quantities of test strains this year - to help a research project to find the best strains for Wisconsin.

Given this, probably the single most important piece of advise we could give to wannabe growers is to make sure you have numerous solid buyers locked in before you start.

Nevertheless, we learned a lot and are now transitioning to increasing the help we're giving to a neighbor's organic dairy farm. This year I'll be spraying about 90 acres with compost tea and monitoring yields to quantify the benefit while Tara helps out with milking and pasturing heifers.

So I happened across this forgotten video I made after the first season and it seemed fitting to post it now. By the way, we've slashed prices even more so if you like smokable flower or use CBD oil, I don't think there is anyone with better pricing - especially given that all our product is deeply organic.

In case you're interested, we thought we'd try out Rumble and have a new video channel (STUFFWEDO) where we'll be posting various projects we're working on.
We're back working on fixing up the granary including replacing a notched roof beam for step-rafters.
We had a big ash tree blow over and get hung up. Our little John Deere 4400 got a bit of a workout pulling it down.
The plants are doing great. Unfortunately, our sales have plummeted. We've slashed prices in an effort to recover from restrictions put on us by our cc provider.
The hemp plants made it through the 6" of rain without any major issues. They're doing great this year.
A couple years ago a 125 year old oak blew over down in the ravine by the river. This spring before the bugs were out and the area was overgrown, we got down there to cut up the tree for firewood. We had to roll each of the 30"+ diameter logs into the dump cart as each was over 200 pounds a piece. I was surprised that our 500cc ATV easily pulled the cart up the steep incline.
We got 6" of rain the other day that nearly washed out the bridge across our creek. Happily, the hilling and tiling in the hemp field is working well.
A look at how the CBD hemp plants are doing.
We're trying to spray more on the hay fields and pasture this year.
After a few more "tweaks", we were able to get the plastic layer to hill the rows.
We got the hoop house finished and planted.
The motor in the big tractor was stuck in the shop so the manure piles didn't get turned often enough to fully compost. No matter, we rototilled in the organic fertilizer a few weeks before setting the hemp seedlings.
We’re attaching wiggle wire channel in preparation for installing plastic on the hoop house.
We got the granary leveled and will be infilling with a rubble foundation.
We started jacking up the old granary and setting concrete block footings.
We decided to work on fixing up an old granary on the property.
I had to extend the length of the shifter arm to get forward/reverse shifting to work.
In spite of following the directions for our John Deere 4400 tractor, the clutches weren't working right. We had to re-split the tractor and come up with our own procedure.
Details regarding diagnosing and installing wet clutches on a John Deere 4400 compact tractor.
Winter is the time to get some needed shop work done. This week we split our John Deere tractor in half to replace the two wet clutches.

Important: To prevent a mishap, the front half of the tractor is resting in a wood jig that is pinned to the jack and has ledges that fit into the opening on the bottom of the tractor. We also fit wood shims between the front axle and frame to prevent the side-to-side motion allowed by the front axle trunion. After splitting, the front half was supported on jack stands.
We dry our flower that will go to a commercial oil processor in a warm air kiln in 36-48 hours. We run the kiln under 90F or cooler depending on the relative humidity and outdoor temperature. We could run it up to around 140F but we're trying to preserve at least some of the terpenes. Incidentally, I did rotate the video taken by a younger helper this year before uploading but then BitChute decided to rotate it sideways again. Alas.
We ran heavier, reusable drip tape this year that can be wound up and reused next year.
Success! The spring C-tines and 6" sweeps turned out to be a winning combination for freeing up the edges of the plastic so it can be easily rolled up.
We've been experimenting to improve our plastic "mulch" lifter.
We were more organized this year. As a consequence, we were able to nearly double the amount of product we could process. Next year should be even better.


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We care deeply about our land, about our planet, about the CBD hemp we grow. Practices that nurture soil biology in turn heal the land and produce robust plants with the fullest of entourage effects. We take great pride in our efforts to nurture the land under our care. Unlike so many other operations that make hollow claims of using “sustainable, ethical and organic farming practices” in a paragraph on their websites, we invite in everyone to see our operation first hand, to see we are more than just words on a page.

Soil biology is key to vibrant soils and robust plants. The starting point for Organic Entourage is our certified organic land. In addition, we continually work to improve our soils with the use of composted cow manure, compost teas, cover crops, benign pest/disease controls, and other restorative practices. Our goal is to go well beyond organic in our efforts to revitalize the soil micro-biology and rebuild organic matter.

For example, we use composted cow manure, from our organic dairy partners, on our hemp fields and pastures. This is unlike other organic operations that truck in manure tainted with the chemicals and drugs from conventional dairies, feed lots, and the like – a practice that is technically "organic" but clearly less than ideal. Likewise, we do not bring in specialty soil that is placed in large pots and is regularly discarded and replaced. Nor do we grow our plants on barren fields devoid of microbe sustaining vegetative growth. Similarly, we do not grow our plants indoors under artificial light in soilless mediums (hydroponics). While all of these practices technically qualify as being "organic", we believe it’s an imperative to do better.

We have also taken on the work of sharing what we learn and know with others. We do this as a way of educating potential consumers about what to look for in quality CBD hemp. We also do this to hopefully help and challenge other smaller scale growers. It is our conviction that a robust farming community is built from a network of smaller farms, not a handful of mega-farms.

Join us in brewing excellent compost tea proven out with microscopy, turning organic manure piles into excellent compost by monitoring pile temperatures, employing rotational grazing to keep cows healthy, and all the other works we do to heal the land by rejuvenating soil biology and growing CBD hemp with the fullest of entourage effects. Join us as responsible stewards of the land.

Thank you.