ABOUT THE FARM
Subtle Seed Farm is a 22-acre hemp farm located in Rutherford County’s own Greenhill. Subtle Seed began as part of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, in an effort to test the economic viability of hemp production in the state. Today, the farm maintains 7,200 square feet of light deprivation greenhouse and ¾ acre of outdoor hemp during the traditional growing season thanks to it’s crew of ten Rutherford locals.
Owner, Bobby Gibbs, is passionate about organic farming and hemp, combining the two to bring high quality hemp products to Western North Carolina and beyond. Bobby has been cultivating cannabis his entire adult life and began co-managing Northern Californian commercial grows with a business partner in 2015 before moving to North Carolina in 2019 and starting his own Subtle Seed Farm.
Bobby’s goal as a hemp grower is to source the highest quality cannabis medicine for his friends and community. Subtle Seed rejects traditional cannabis agriculture practices dictating the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Bobby instead takes pride in their use of strict organic farming practices, raising the high terpene hemp in living soil with irrigation from the farm's own Appalachian mountain spring.
The drying and curing process consists of time and patience. The hemp is hung to dry, similar to tobacco. The cut plant is strung inside a climate controlled dry room for two weeks before it is stored and cured for an additional two weeks inside bins. Finally, local trimmers take over and turn the "grapes into wine," or manicure the hemp by hand trimming each individual bud before they are placed into jars and finally the hands of consumers.
All this effort results in the products: smokable hemp flower, hemp extracts, and most recently, hemp gummies and soothing relief gel. The products are designed to have a variety of effects on users, including promoting restful sleep, easing stress and reducing pain/ inflammation.
Our experiences have lead us to be loyal to certain methods of growing. We raise our plant babies organically, without the use of bottled nutrients, salts, or other chemical additives. While these make plants grow quickly, they demolish life in the soil, making them unsustainable and expensive.
We are inspired by experts in the industry such as Jeff Lowenfels, Tad Hussey, Ed Rosenthal, and Jorge Cervantes. From these awesome influences among others, we've learned a simple rule- feed the soil, trust the plant to feed itself. To put it simply, bacteria and fungi eat nutrients from the soil and are eaten in turn by larger Protozoa and arthropods. Through their waste, nutrients are released into the root zone where they are readily available to the plant. This is a summary of a beautifully complex system that allowed plants to thrive long before us humans got involved!
Amendments are essential to the soil health. Worm castings, compost tea, and other amendments based on soil tests are cost effective when compared to liquid nutrients because you’re not paying to ship “water” around!
We love brewing compost tea! It can be as simple as worm castings, molasses, and water. These brews serve as a microbial inoculation to increase nutrient availability and make the plants so crowded with beneficial life that the bad bacteria and fungi don't have room to get established.
Ultimately, these methods are aligned with how plants work naturally. They are cost effective,
friendly to our land, and friendly to the larger ecosystem.
HIGH QUALITY, HIGH TERPENE,
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA HEMP
We believe in providing our customers with product that we'd be proud to offer to our own family.
Whether smoking CBD flower,
or trying one of our yummy CBD tinctures,
we hope that you'll find the
healing and relaxation you seek.