The co-founders of Georgia’s first black-owned hemp farm, The Green Toad Hemp, strive to encourage and educate black farmers as they create their brand.
The director of operations of the farm, Dwayne Hirschand CEO, Reginald Hirsch, have different origins but shared goals. After discovering CBD, eager business partners set up the hemp farm in July 2019 and received their license in April 2020, Hemp Grower reported.
Reese, a former senior corporate executive, found a better option in CBD products to help relieve the chronic pain of back and hip surgeries.
Hirsch, who has an autistic son, became interested in the plant, hoping that “CBD and cannabis could help resolve certain symptoms related to the autism spectrum,” according to SaportaReport..
The Green Toad Hemp was inspired by the strong green toads that lived in the fountain of Reese’s Atlanta area home. What began as a 17.5-acre plot in Metter, Georgia, has been expanded to two locations in Metter and McDaniel Street, in homes in southwest Atlanta.
The green toad grows hemp to obtain CBD, flowers and oil with a fully integrated operation. Hirsch and Reese have produced over 50 items, including best selling Delta 8 Pre-rolls, full spectrum oil, Delta 8 CBD jelly beans and a full line of flowers, topicals, groceries, tinctures, sprays, capsules, CBD products for to pets and more.
“It’s made from our sacrifice driven by our love for our own health and daily well-being. I love seeing this so that other people can have it and that we all have the opportunity to advance our professional interests in the future, “Hirsch said.
As a first-generation farmer, Hirsch said black farmers could benefit from adding CBD to their crop portfolios to anticipate current discrimination and loans. In 2017, minorities accounted for less than 2% of U.S. farm owners. Business partners have helped several farmers get their licenses.
“I think when black farmers find out how to finance their businesses and farms in a way that helps them, we could really … be part of that industry as black farmers,” Reese told Hemp Grower.
Reese and Hirsch plan to franchise the company to future retail stores and launch products in a thousand major commercial locations in a thousand days. They also want to help entrepreneurs promote the importance of health and well-being that is affordable, manageable and sustainable.
“Our intention is to be a diligent operator within our community and to be an inspirational platform for others,” Hirsch said.