A former bank executive and a former counterterrorism agent are running the first legal hemp farm in New York State, and they’re harvesting superfood products, like baby greens salad mix, pasta and cold-pressed oil.
JD Farms’ co-owners, Mark Justh and Dan Dolgin, bought 1,500 acres of land nearly a decade ago with the idea of growing organic veggies, until they learned that hemp was more than just a cover crop as protection against weeds.
“I’d been approached about growing medical marijuana. But I thought, what can I produce that has a competitive advantage?” Justh told Bloomberg News. “How do I compete with the Midwest, with Ukraine? I realized it was a question of government regulation. Then, Dan got involved, and we saw the possibility of hemp as a food product.”