Menu

Hemp Collective’s winter harvest

Maxine and Mike Shea from the Hemp Collective. Photo Jeff ‘Hemp Me Up’ Dawson

After researching and developing their business model for a year and a half, Hemp Collective is now reaping the benefits of low-THC organic hemp with its first crop being harvested in Byron Shire.

While it looks like cannabis, the low-THC strain has no pyschoactive properties and is known for its superior fibre and health benefits.

According to Hemp Collective’s Maxine and Mike Shea, it hasn’t been an easy road to the point of harvest, with many obstacles to overcome, owing in part to the newness of the Australian industry.

Maxine says, ‘But we are happy to have taken that amount of time to get it right!’

‘We are striving to support regional and sustainable production, making safe and high-quality goods, and reinvigorate our society to return to a time when craftsmanship and quality are valued above over-consumption and standardisation.

‘Most importantly, we want to be able to build a sense of empowerment, transparency, community, as well as providing ethical consumption and cause-related purchasing to our customer base. Australian owned and made all the way!’

Asked what motivated the couple to start the business, Maxine says it was owing to her health.

‘I have a rare TSH pituitary brain tumour (non-cancerous),’ she says, ‘and we couldn’t find a complete nourishing food that doesn’t have crazy amounts of pesticides and herbicides, and which can be grown in natural conditions.’

Spray free, organic

‘We have always supported eating organic, spray-free and certified organic foods. For us, hemp foods and products ticked our boxes. Hemp maintains our health and wellbeing! Hemp is an amazing source of Omega 3, 6 and 9 vitamins and minerals, which the body needs internally and externally.

‘There is promising interest in hemp products and the demand for hemp-based products is seeing a spike in interest and availability. We don’t envision not being able to sell our products.’ For more info visit www.facebook.com/Fields-of-hemp-118288782129028/


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers.