While raising quality beef and supplying premium hay continues to be a priority for our family ranch, A24 Farming and growing hemp is an opportunity to get the next generation of our family involved. After pursuing college degrees, both Jim’s son, Ben, and Rick’s son, Weston, now lives and work full-time on the ranch. In addition to Ben and Weston, Jim’s son-in-law, Jay, lives on the ranch and is completely employed by the ranch as well.
Taking the leap to grow hemp through A24 Farming, gives the upcoming leaders of our family such as Jay, Ben, and Weston, the chance to be involved with the decision making of planting and exploring a new crop. It also potentially provides a way for our entire family to continue making a living in agriculture.
With our short growing season and the limited number of crops that can be grown in Sierra Valley, our family is encouraged by the potential farming hemp industrially has to provide not just our family, but other local farmers in the area and the members of our community as well.