Spectrum CBD Botanicals Gallery

The photos in our Gallery show hemp plants at different stages of growth on our three small Palisade, Colorado, farms. The photos also show our workers engaged in some of the tasks involved in growing hemp. Although the hemp plant is sturdy, growing it for optimal production of quality CBD is labor intensive every step of the way — plowing the fields, installing the drip irrigation system to water the plants, planting the seeds, weeding the fields, walking the fields row by row to remove male plants before they can pollinate the female plants, harvesting the plants, hanging the plants to dry, hand shucking the hemp flowers to be used in producing CBD. Did we mention hand weeding and hoeing the fields throughout the summer when the temperature rarely dips below 90 during the day? And, once the plants are sufficiently dry, the equally labor-intensive process of extracting and refining the oil gets underway.

Wendell Berry is an acclaimed American writer and farmer. See below these photos for what he has to say in answer to the question “Why do farmers farm?”. We would add to his comments that we love growing hemp plants for the extraordinary oil that their flowers produce and the extraordinary health benefits that the oil can provide for everyone.

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: "Love. They must do it for love." Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.”

- Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food