All products are made and packaged in our processing facility, located on our farm. The material for Nature’s Rhythm CBD products never leaves our control or supervision. Many companies have traditionally source pre-processed material from other countries. Nature’s Rhythm CBD products are made from 100% Hemp grown in Central Kentucky, using safe and sustainable agricultural practices.
Why Nature's Rhythm?
Local – 100% of the Hemp for Nature’s Rhythm CBD Products is grown in Central Kentucky by small, family farms. We value the quality and consistency that comes with sourcing products as close to the final processing source as possible. It means the products used are fresh, fully ripened and harvested at their peak nutrient content, contribute a smaller carbon footprint in transportation, and support the local agricultural community and economy.
Single Source – The Hemp for Nature’s Rhythm CBD Products is grown under our supervision, processed by us at our farm, and packaged on-site by us. We control what goes into the product from seed to seal, ensuring the quality and consistency meets our standards at all phases of the process.
Third Party Tested – Nature’s Rhythm CBD Products contain full-spectrum CBD extract from Hemp plants. We send a sample from every batch to be tested by a third-party laboratory for content analysis. These lab reports provide transparency for our customers that we are selling what we advertise. Analysis of the extract evaluates the cannabinoid profile, and tests for the presence of any pesticides or microbial contaminates. We are happy to provide a copy of these test results upon request.
Knowledgeable – Long before we planted the first seed, we did extensive research into best practices for development, cultivation, harvesting, and especially processing. This is a new industry for Kentucky, and there’s a learning curve here, just like any other field. We work every day to be experts in this new industry, through research of credible sources and articles and through our own hands-on experience.
Established family business – We have been farming as a family business for nearly twenty years, but agriculture has spanned several generations in one form or another. We have made agriculture our livelihood, but it’s also our lifestyle - when you love what your do, it doesn’t (usually) feel like work. Farming isn’t for everyone, and certainly not those in it to get rich quick. We are committed to operating in a way that will ensure the longevity, sustainability, and health of our way of life. We believe this attitude is passed on through our products to our customers.
The Gareys – David, Carla, John, Makayla, and Libby – have always been a farming family. Raising row crops as an additional source of income in the early days, gave rise to a more successful and permanent business, started by John around 2000. John began raising vegetables on the family’s property to sell at farmer’s markets to pay his college tuition at the University of Kentucky. All through college John was either at class, working at his father David’s trucking company, or growing and selling vegetables. Things became busy enough with the market that the whole family, including younger sister Makayla, participated in the business in some way.
Garey Farms Grows
As college came to an end, John was ready to begin a new business, starting his own landscaping company. At that point, Carla and David decided to increase their participation and manage the operation themselves. Over the next several years the business expanded to more market locations each week. By 2012 both Carla and David had become full-time farmers and soon began raising pastured pigs and chickens on the farm. A commercial kitchen was built for preparing ready-to-eat and canned items from excess produce. They would also sell freshly baked pretzel bread that developed its own loyal following. Today, Garey Farms operates at four markets per week, provides meat and produce for restaurants in Lexington and Louisville, and their line of pantry items appear in a few local shops.
Nature’s Rhythm CBD
The Gareys have always tried to innovate and adapt to the changes of the markets and the consumers in the 18 years they’ve been working farmer’s markets. This attitude and intuition led them on their latest venture when the Federal Farm Bill of 2014 was passed. After some evaluation of the program and the potential for Hemp as a profitable, sustainable crop, the Gareys began growing and processing through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. Now in their third growing season, the Garey family has launched Nature’s Rhythm CBD, their own brand of products made using CBD extracted from Hemp. Their line of products currently consists of CBD Oil Extracts, Jams and Jellies, Local Raw Honey, Peanut Butter, and Topicals, all with CBD extract made from hemp grown and processed by the Garey family in Central Kentucky. All CBD extracted from their Hemp undergoes third-party testing for pesticides, microbial contaminants, and content analysis (such as other cannabinoids and terpenes related to The Entourage Effect).
Today, the fruits of their labor are beginning to show in the repeat business from Nature’s Rhythm customers, providing testament to the improvements in health and quality of life they feel. The feedback received from customers has helped define the range of benefits that are possible with CBD, as shown on the Testimonials page. With every new review from customers about the positive changes in their daily lives, the family’s enthusiasm and drive are further fueled to keep pace with the demand.
The Kentucky Agricultural Department’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is in its fourth year of research and expansion. During 2018, the KDA is working with nearly 300 participants, including more than 200 growers and approximately 70 processors, as well as 13 university project affiliations. Production and cultivation research has been approved for more than 16,000 acres in 73 Kentucky counties. Hemp varieties are selected for one or more of three primary plant components: 1) fiber quality, 2) grain production, and/or 3) high levels of phytocannabinoid production.
Three Harvestable Components
Hemp seeds/grain are 25-40% edible oils by weight and are high in protein as well as an ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Successful grain yields are projected to be approximately 1,500 lbs per acre in Kentucky.
The outermost bark of the hemp stalk is called the bast fiber, which is the longest, strongest and highest in value. The inner stalk is the hurd fiber. Industrial hemp grown for fiber can reach 10 to 20 feet in height and can yield up to 5.5 ton of fiber (bast and hurd) per acre.
Industrial hemp contains a class of compounds called phytocannabinoids which are currently being evaluated for their role as food additives and for health and wellness. The phytocannabinoids are produced primarily in the hemp flower. There are believed to be more than 100 of these compounds, including Cannabidiol (CBD). The phytocannabinoid CBD is the primary research focus for hemp floral production in Kentucky.
Section 7606 of the 2014 Federal Farm Bill allows state departments of agriculture, in states where industrial hemp is legal, to administer industrial hemp pilot programs for the purposes of research and development. This section of the Farm Bill is codified as 7 U.C.S. § 5940. The Farm bill does not legalize the production of hemp for the public. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is the administrator of the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program in Kentucky. Prospective participants must apply to the program and complete a number of requirements including undergoing an annual background check.
Kentucky Hemp History
Kentucky's first hemp crop was grown in 1775, and Kentucky went on to become the nation's leading hemp-producing state in the mid-19th century with peak production of 40,000 tons in 1850. U.S. hemp production declined after the Civil War, and almost all the nation's hemp was grown in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Federal legislation passed in 1938 outlawed production of cannabis, including hemp, in the U.S. Hemp production in Kentucky and the U.S. ramped up during World War II as part of the war effort but fell again after the war and ended with the demise of a small hemp fiber industry in Wisconsin in 1958.
Industrial Hemp products, production, markets
Some estimate that the global market for hemp consists of more than 25,000 products, including:
An estimated 55,700 metric tons of industrial hemp are produced around the world each year. China, Russia, and South Korea are the leading hemp-producing nations. They account for 70 percent of the world's industrial hemp supply.
Canada had 38,828 licensed acres of industrial hemp in 2011. Canadian exports of hemp seed and hemp products were estimated at more than $10 million, with most going to the U.S.
Because there had been no commercial industrial hemp production in the United States, the U.S. market is largely dependent on imports, both as finished hemp-containing products and as ingredients for use in further processing. More than 30 nations grow industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity. The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not allow industrial hemp production. Current industry estimates report that U.S. retail sales of all hemp-based products may exceed $300 million per year.
Information on Industrial Hemp in Kentucky obtained from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture website http://www.kyagr.com/marketing/hemp-pilot.html