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NY Acres, Inc. is a joint venture between mCig, Inc. and the FarmOn! Foundation of Empire Farm, NY State in the cultivation of industrial hemp for production of CBD oil.
The cultivation process is already in full swing with the initial 40 acre crop planted out and proceeding well. The program will expand each year over 3 years, scaling up to 120 acres of organic industrial bi-annually and will include two harvests per year.
The variety of industrial hemp being planted is the Cherry Wine variety, a cross between the ever popular Wife and Charlottes Cherries varieties, which has a distinctive cherry aroma. As one would expect this superior CBD strain (15-22% CBD) is resistant and suitable for the climate of NY State and flowering occurs approximately 9 weeks into cultivation. The estimated harvest is over 50K pounds, resulting in approximately 1500 – 2000 kilos, after extraction distillation, of CBD oil.
NY Acres, Inc., is uniquely located on the corner of three states, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Empire Farm is a certified organic 220-acre working farm, home to the FarmOn! Foundation, founded in 1830 and associated with the Astor family. Nestled in an agricultural community in the heart of the Columbia County, the FarmOn! Academy is in partnership with SUNY and Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, providing young adults the opportunity to learn agriculture on an established working farm. Now home to NY Acres, Inc., the farm also offers 4 four-season heated hi-tunnel greenhouses lending its rich ‘black gold’ soil to hemp cultivation.
With the support of the State of New York, the Department of Agriculture and Governor Andrew Cuomo, giving mid-size farms the opportunity to approach sustainability beyond organic practices for profitability. This will be an economic driver and opportunity for young adults to learn to earn on an organic working farm as well as the wider agricultural community as a whole.
What sets the NY Acres venture apart from any other farm is it’s a mission based programme. High visibility, organic farming and the recruitment and retention of young apprentice farmers, fostering ideals of agricultural prowess and resilience within the modern farming sector. With onsite training and development in conjunction with leading agricultural colleges, cultivating the ideals to succeed and create the farmers of tomorrow, whilst harnessing traditional and advanced agricultural farming techniques, supporting crops and livestock, health, wellness and the community.