Our CEO, James 'Jim' Garman, is a husband, a father, and a business owner. He is also a 5th generation farmer, an accolade he proudly embraced after his dad's passing in 2018. Shortly after, he began to act on an age-old vision, one he frequently talked about with his dad while living in California and one he hoped to one day start together. What crop would enable us to disrupt the traditional farming practices that had consumed our lineage for the last 149 years? Hops, lavender, grapes, something else? How can we use smaller tracts of land and develop a model to offer consumers direct access to highly transparent and organically-farmed products that come right out of the field?
That same year, the state of Kansas, where Jim grew up working on the family farm, learning the importance of hard work, responsibility, and accountability, had introduced their plan to launch an Industrial Hemp Research Program. As a long-time user and advocate of CBD, the stars couldn't have aligned any better.
By 2019 Jim had secured one of the first five industrial hemp growing and distribution licenses granted by the Kansas Department of Agriculture and executed on an opportunity to integrate a relatively untraditional business-model right in the heart of his dad's conventional farming legacy. Through his pursuit, he developed a multi-channel, vertically integrated model that supplies his customers a pathway to natural relief products derived from organically farmed hemp grown on the same land homesteaded 149 years prior in 1872 - known today as Kannaco.