Saturday, July 16, 2016

Beyond the Mitten: West Michigan companies making waves around the globe

Beyond the Mitten: West Michigan companies making waves around the globe

Plant wrap made by Hemp Solutions.Plant wrap made by Hemp Solutions.

Hemp Solutions USA: Working for nature and creating sustainable solutions
Did you know hemp produces more pulp than trees, removes more carbon dioxide than other crops, is considered a superfood, has more than 5,000 textile uses, and requires no pesticides? Just ask James Novak, one of Hemp Solutions’ four founding members. As a raw materials provider of industrial hemp that is located in the Grand Rapids area, this company plans to help the world make big changes related to the production of sustainable goods. “If you can make it from wood, cotton, plastic, concrete, metal—just about anything—you can probably make it from hemp,” says Novak. “We want to be a source for eco-friendly products, services, and education.”

Novak founded Hemp Solutions in 2011 in Joshua Tree, California and then decided to relocate the operation to the Midwest in 2012. “I saw the [environmental] destruction and devastation happening in the Midwest, and I felt empowered to come back and try to bring a positive solution to the area.” Novak chose Grand Rapids because of the city’s progressive mindset and openness to sustainability.

Hemp cultivation doesn’t harm the environment, but actually helps it. For example, one acre of industrial hemp produces four times as much raw material as one acre of trees. Hemp is carbon neutral and removes more carbon dioxide than any other plant. It requires less water than cotton and uses no pesticides. Hemp Solutions has been working hard to develop innovative products that will take this raw material to the next level. For example, they have been part of green building redevelopment projects, providing hemp-based alternatives to wood and concrete for LEED certified buildings.

Their premiere product, a grass root grow mat, is turning traditional farming on its head. “In less than two weeks we are able to harvest micro-greens that have had almost no water, no light and no fertilizer,” says Novak. Companies worldwide are using these grow mats and vertically farming; with it they are able to produce more than 40 different varieties of greens and compost the mat when they are done.

Goods made from hemp—including the nutritious seeds and oil—are legal in all 50 states, but the actual farming of this versatile crop is legal in only 23 states, most strictly for research purposes. Hemp has been grown worldwide for thousands of years. It has more than 25,000 uses, and none of them have to do with THC. While hemp is a cousin of marijuana, the plant does not bud and has no psychoactive effect. “The biggest thing we are trying to do currently is spread awareness about the powerful uses of hemp and separate ourselves from the stigma that tends to be associated with it,” says Novak. “We have been fighting to stay in Grand Rapids because we are proud of what this area has been able to accomplish. There’s so much potential, so many uses for hemp; we have to continue to educate others and spread the word.”

Novak went on to say that his business has faced resistance at the city and state level, stressing that he wants “local residents to know that we stand apart from the pack and are not a marijuana business. We are a business who truly cares about the environment, the people and the community.” He continues, saying that “we would like to see more local support and attention to the products, education and path that we’re on. It all has a major impact on the local community, our state and the planet.”

Hemp can positively influence the way houses are built and food is grown; it can change the way we use energy and enhance our technology…it’s time to pay attention.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Veterans and Suicide 22 veterans take their own lives every day #22Kill ...

With a veteran suicide rate averaging 22 every day, the work to support our nation’s veterans has just begun once they return home. With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations in the same time period, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!! Just because they come home, doesn’t mean we stop supporting them!
Day#3 of the ‪#‎22kill‬ Challange
I challenge all of you that watch this! If you can't do the push ups- I ask for you to share! Thank you
‪#‎Vets‬ ‪#‎Veterans‬ ‪#‎Life‬ ‪#‎Help‬ ‪#‎Compassion‬ ‪#‎Kindness‬ ‪#‎Love‬ ‪#‎USA‬ ‪#‎USN‬ ‪#‎Support‬ ‪#‎SayNOtoSuicide‬ ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬ ‪#‎Military‬

Monday, June 13, 2016


Made in the USA

Made with 100% Natural Hemp Fiber

Biodegradable & Compostable

Comes with 50 Grow Plugs ready to grow with Tray + Insert.
Perfect for growing Clones & Seedlings.

These are the innovations we need instead of what America has been buying.
When we can be sustainable with what we use, plastic, fuel, packaging and even when it comes to growing our foods and other plants with out having to throw things away.  This is the solutions to healthy soils and growing.

Simply go to: to order.
Under the products tab- Grow Plugs

Please tell us what you think and what you grow with our plugs!

Thank you for becoming sustainable with us!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pure Plant Innovations- Growing on Natural Fiber! Well Done Grass Roots Grow Mats!! Urban Gardening...


Made with 100% Natural Hemp Fiber

Biodegradable & Compostable


2" Wide x 10" Long x 5mm Thick
*Width & Length may vary slightly from strip to strip.


How to turn your Grow Strip into a Grow Plug:

Just cut the Grow Strip to the depth and size you want your grow plug to be, then roll it up and put it into your favorite grow tray plug insert. These Earth-friendly Grow Plugs can be used for Starters & Clones.

Helpful Hint - Research the proper seed depth for the seeds you are planting
Once you have completed the initial soaking of your grow media, you are ready to get planting.
Plant your seeds, or clones at the desired depth on the strip, and then roll up the strip into your grow plug. Next, carefully place the newly formed plug into your tray and make sure the grow plug is seated well. Got to the Instructions Page for information about First-time Setup & Use of the Grow Strips.


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Manufactured in Michigan, USA by Hemp Solutions, LLC.




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Microgreens: Health Benefits and Nutrition Facts

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Nutrition Fact 1: Microgreens Provide More Nutrition Than Mature Leaves

A 2010 study published in the Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science reported that young lettuce seedlings, harvested 7 days after germination, had the highest antioxidant capacity as well as the highest concentrations of health-promoting phenolic compounds, compared with their more mature conterparts.

Nutrition Fact 2: Vitamin C is Abundant in Microgreens

Young edible seedlings are a superb source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals. The 2012 study on microgreens reported that even the microgreen sample that had the lowest levels of vitamin C contained a whopping 20 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams – that's almost twice the amount of vitamin C found in tomatoes! Red cabbage microgreens had the highest levels of vitamin C among the tested varieties, with a 100-gram portion providing 147 milligrams – or 245% of the daily value – of this vital nutrient. For comparison, an equal-sized serving of mature raw red cabbage contains 57 milligrams of vitamin C according to data provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nutrition Fact 3: Many Microgreens Are Loaded With Beta-Carotene

Carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, are thought to reduce the risk of disease, particularly certain types of cancer and eye disease. Carrots are famous for being rich in beta-carotene, but turns out that many microgreens are also a good source of this important nutrient. In fact, some microgreens appear to contain even more beta-carotene than carrots: 12 milligrams per 100 grams compared with 8 milligrams in boiled carrots, according to the 2012 study. The researchers who analyzed the beta-carotene content of microgreens found that these super-nutritious greens also provide other carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

Nutrition Fact 4: Microgreens Are a Good Source of Vitamin E

Back in 1967, a team of scientists from Yale University showed that young pea seedlings grown in light contain significant levels of tocopherol (vitamin E). Similarly, the researchers responsible for the 2012 microgreen study found substantial amounts of tocopherols in the tested greens. The amount of alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol combined ranged from 7.9 to 126.8 milligrams per 100 grams, with green daikon radish microgreens scoring the highest value in this analysis. For adults, the recommended daily allowance for vitamin E is 15 milligrams of alpha-tocopherol, meaning that eating just a small amount of daikon radish microgreens would cover your daily requirement for this important antioxidant vitamin.

Nutrition Fact 5: Greens – Even if Small in Size – Contain Vitamin K

The Yale study on pea microgreens – or young pea seedlings as they were called back then – also discovered that the seedlings started to produce large amounts of vitamin K when they were exposed to light. But that's hardly big news. Vitamin K functions as an electron acceptor when chlorophyll – abundant in all green plants including microgreens – absorbs sunlight to produce carbohydrates and oxygen during photosynthesis. Vitamin K also offers health benefits for humans by promoting normal blood clotting and preventing excessive bruising.  Vitamin K also plays an important role in maintaining strong and healthy bones.
The 2012 microgreen study analyzed the levels of phylloquinone (the type of vitamin K produced by plants) in different micro-sized greens, and found the highest levels of vitamin K in amaranth microgreens (Red Garnet variety). The researchers observed marked differences in vitamin K concentration between different microgreens, with the values ranging from 0.6 to 4.1 micrograms per gram.

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How to Reap the Health Benefits of Microgreens

To reap the health benefits of microgreens, eat them immediately after harvest. Microgreens, like most other superfoods that are consumed fresh, begin to lose their nutritional value rapidly after harvest. Consider growing your own microgreens at home as this will allow you to decide exactly when you harvest your crop.