Karuna Hemp is a family farm located in Eastern Oregon dedicated to organically growing varieties of industrial hemp. Our farm is permitted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Karuna is a word from Sanskrit, an ancient East Indian language. It is translated as any action that is taken to diminish the suffering of others or “compassionate action.” We chose this name because we believe hemp is an extremely helpful plant.
No member of the vegetable kingdom has been more misunderstood than hemp. It co-evolved with humans for perhaps thousands of years. It was widely cultivated in the United States between 1776-1937, but then fell into disrepute. Former presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, as did many others before the 1930s.
The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of hemp in all fifty states. In Oregon, growing hemp was made legal in 2015 and is now the second largest producer of hemp, after Colorado.
Hemp is a worthy replacement for tree and cotton products. Its seed is used for protein shakes, cooking oil and other uses. Hemp is also a biodegradable alternative to plastic and petroleum-based fuels.
Here at Karuna Hemp Farm, we grow all of our plants from seed. Our seeds are extremely high quality genetics developed by Oregon CBDs. They are bred to result in nearly all females. With legalization, the possibilities for hemp development are limitless.
“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” -Henry Ford