Ceremony marks start after getting county’s OK
LANCASTER — With an estimated 100 acres of hemp planted on the city’s east side, SoCal Farms LLC is the first industrial hemp farm to have approval from the Los Angeles County Agriculture Commissioner to cultivate the crop.
“This has been a long time coming,” Zac Cullen, vice president of Sales and Marketing for SoCal Farms, said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning organized by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.
Cullen and other SoCal Farms executives, as well as other state and local leaders gathered on Avenue F near 80th Street East for the ceremony.
“Over to my left we have 650,000 hemp plants up and out of the ground, and over here to my right we have very large-scale agriculture equipment,” Cullen said. “I know all of our partners and founders in this have been wanting to hear me say this for a long period of time — hemp, meet large-scale ag, large-scale ag, meet hemp.”
SoCal Farms, a company formed by a coalition of industry leaders, is dedicated to the research and cultivation of high-quality hemp. The company partnered with Antelope Valley College to conduct a research project on the crop. The company’s ultimate goal is to be the West Coast’s largest provider of full-spectrum hemp oil, and do it with consistency, quality, aroma, and taste. Company officials also want to be the largest supplier to large brands nationally, as well as on the West Coast.
Published: May 18, 2019