Form Dwelling Farm grows hemp in Cole County for recipes, seizure reduction | Cannabusiness

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Heather DeRose, the co-founder of Kind Living Farm, is from Missouri. In 2015, she and her husband, Antonio, moved to Colorado to use cannabis to treat Heather’s epilepsy.

She says cannabis changed her life.

“I’ve been seizure-free for four and a half years with those two plants,” DeRose said of hemp and marijuana.

Now that hemp and medical marijuana have been legalized in Missouri, the DeRoses have moved back home and started their own hemp farm.

Last year, the couple grew hemp for personal use on approximately one acre of land in Cole County.

The Kind Living Farm’s growing philosophy for hemp plants is “to grow them as naturally as possible while adhering to regenerative farming practices,” said Heather DeRose.

Heather and Antonio DeRose both come from financial backgrounds, but after moving to Colorado they started working on an organic medical cannabis farm in the Rockies.

Heather DeRose also has a patient grow license from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for growing marijuana. Now the couple have brought their cannabis growing knowledge back to Kind Living Farm.

“All of these experiences definitely carried over to growing hemp,” said Heather DeRose.

The DeRoses also run Green House Healthy, a company they founded while staying in Colorado that aims to “promote the benefits of cannabis as part of a healthy and active lifestyle,” according to the company’s website.

The couple are both athletes and certified personal trainers from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, so health is important to them. One aspect of Heather DeRose’s passion for hemp is using hemp as a cooking ingredient, which she believes supports her performance as an athlete.

“We’re both athletes and we’ve found (hemp) to be an easily digestible form of protein,” said Heather. “It comes in many shapes so you can literally add it to almost any recipe you want.” It is also full of vitamins, nutrients, and amino acids, she added.

Green House Healthy has hosted hemp dinners with recipes such as hemp chili, hemp cupcakes and even organized a “hemp free” dinner.

Another aspect of hemp that has caught the DeRoses’ interest is its versatility. According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, in addition to the floral consumption of CBD and the use of hemp seeds for cooking and as fuel, materials such as paper, textiles and plastic can also be made from the plant’s “fibrous stem”.

“Our climate crisis definitely needs carbon sequestration, and hemp is a great tool for that,” said DeRose. “Literally anything can be made from hemp. It’s so exciting.”