A Look Inside: Head & Heal
At the end of August, I took a trip with a small group of our Co-op staff to the rolling hills of Cortland, NY to tour the Head & Heal farm and extraction facilities. Attending events like this isn’t just fun; it allows for our staff to stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the industry and continue building relationships with our vendors, which is an important aspect of our overall success as a small, member-owned business. We are able to take what we learn from them and teach our customers about hemp, so they can feel good about their purchases, knowing that they are buying a quality product and supporting their regional economy at the same time. During our tour, it rained A LOT but we still had fun and managed to get some pretty pictures:
About Head & Heal:
Head & Heal has been in the business of growing industrial hemp since 2017, but they have been a Certified Organic vegetable farm for the past 10 years. While much of their hemp is harvested for oil extraction, it is also grown to produce topicals and the flower itself. CEO and Co-founder, Karli Miller-Hornick is also the Owner & Founder of Florist Farms, a new business that focuses solely on curating a variety of strains for the sale of whole hemp flower. Her business partner, Allan Gandelman, is the Founder & President of the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association, working directly with representatives of New York State to ensure that farmers have a voice in the laws that govern the production, sale, and consumption of hemp products in the state. With their experience and dedication combined, they have seen massive growth over the last few years, and taken the CBD industry to a whole new level. We’re thankful for all of their hard work and to be a small part of their success thus far.
Head & Heal at the Co-op:
The Co-op began carrying Head & Heal CBD oil and topicals in 2018. We’ve been enthusiastic about their products since the beginning, but it just keeps getting better! Since then, they’ve added different strengths, and formulated products like CBG and CBN oil, which are made from other cannabinoids also found in the hemp plant. They also created an entire line of CBD products made just for pets. Research shows that the benefits of cannabis can be seen in both humans and animals, since there is evidence that all animals have an endocannabinoid system, a complex cell-signaling system in the body that has a range of effects on important bodily functions like: sleep, metabolism, pain management, mood, and more. All Head & Heal products at the Co-op are 15% off for the month of December (2021) so you can stock up on your favorite products or give one as a gift!
*Product photos used with permission from Head & Heal
Meet Allan & Karli:
While Head & Heal might seem like a huge operation, they are still small farmers at heart. With less than 50 employees, they do all of the planting, harvesting, extraction, formulation, bottling, and shipping at their farm and facilities in Cortland. Once the hemp season has come and gone and the cold weather sets in, they get to work washing roughly 7,000 lbs. of carrots every week that are then sent down to the city in huge truckloads. Karli says carrots are their most popular veggie, incredibly easy to grow on their farm, and they (obviously) have plenty of them to go around. Because of the carrots, they are able to keep their employees employed year-round, something that Karli really values as a business owner.
Visit Head & Heal’s website to learn more about their products: www.headandheal.com
You can also find them on FB!