When you think of a farm or garden, you might picture crops of vegetables, maybe some fruit trees and shrubs, even honey bees and flowers. All of these things flourish at Lovewell Farms in Richmond, alongside one very unexpected plant: hemp.
“We believe that hemp is a valuable renewable resource that can be helpful to everyone, and our goal is to share the many powerful benefits of the cannabis plant with Rhode Island and our surrounding communities,” reads Lovewell’s website. For those who might not be familiar, hemp is one variation of the cannabis plant (marijuana being another), containing less than 0.3 percent THC; it is from the hemp plant that Lovewell’s CBD or cannabidiol is derived. Browsing Lovewell’s online store, you can find CBD tinctures, pain salves, bath bombs, salt soaks, smokable hemp flower, herbal blends, and even gift sets of best sellers. However, what sets the Hope Valley hemp farm apart isn’t its impressive lineup of products, but the process in which they are made – “from seed to shelf.”
“As it currently stands, the CBD market lacks credibility, transparency, and accountability,” according to the Lovewell Farms website. “We recognize that CBD users want quality and consistency, and it is our mission to set the industry standards by doing so in the most responsible manner.” This means Lovewell uses organic and regenerative farming practices, modeled after a natural ecosystem, and does not use any synthetic chemicals in the growing process. Even their wellness products incorporate plant-powered, herbal allies that complement the CBD extract. “We recognize that the health of our soil, our plants, and our people are all related.”
Find Lovewell Farms at retailers like Belmont Market and The Purple Cow in Wakefield, Herbwise Naturals and Christina’s Ltd. In Westerly, and Therapeutic Massage of Wickford. Learn more about the farm at LovewellFarms.com.