Evo Hemp Partners with Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to Grow Organic Hemp

Alex White has been fighting the U.S. govenrnment for decades.

Published October 16, 2018

BOULDER, Colo.  — Evo Hemp, known for its line of Hemp Bars that are sold in over 3,000 retailers, including Whole Foods Markets, Kroger, Wegmans and Earth Fare, is proud to announce a new line of CBD extracts and soft gel capsules made with organic hemp grown by Native American hemp activist Alex White Plume on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota.

Evo Hemp’s mission is to use industrial hemp to empower small U.S. farmers and revitalize poor farming communities. Partnering with the Pine Ridge Reservation, where 90 percent of Lakota residents live below the federal poverty level, is a proud accomplishment for the company. Alex White Plume has been battling the U.S. Government for years to be able to grow hemp on his land. From 2000 to 2002, he garnered unwanted publicity when United States federal drug agents raided his farm and destroyed his crop of industrial hemp.

“There’s no one we would rather help reach sustainability than the Native American Tribes,” said Jourdan Samel, CEO of Evo Hemp. “This is especially true of the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota, which is considered the poorest community in the United States.”

Evo Hemp currently has 10-acres of organic hemp crop under contract with the tribe and hopes to expand the partnership moving forward. The White Plume Hemp line will make up 25% of Evo Hemp’s revenue in 2018. According to Shawn Hauser, an attorney with the American Hemp Campaign, the per-acre value of hemp production is around $21,000 from seeds and $12,500 from stalks.

“We started Evo Hemp because we knew that creating a domestic hemp supply would yield jobs and create wealth for poor rural communities,” said Evo Hemp President Ari Sherman. “This mission brought us to the Pine Ridge Reservation, the poorest place in the United States, with the hope of bringing economic prosperity.”

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