Sophie Preece (Wine New Zealand) visits Kirsty Harkness in Marlborough to find out more about the leafy-green hemp crop she has flourishing amid the Sauvignon Blanc vines in a trial she started in 2018 to boost vineyard health and income.
Sophie discovers that Kirsty is the first grape grower in New Zealand licensed to grow industrial hemp and she’s using it as a cover crop, attracting insects, and nurturing the soil.
Kirsty then became curious about the broader benefits of hemp seed oil and began researching its place in natural skincare. This trail of curiosity lead Kirsty to some fascinating research and findings. Little did she know then that within two years she'd be launching a hemp seed oil based natural skincare brand that is ready to take on the giants of the industry.
Sophie’s article about Kirsty is one of business innovation, staying positive and working hard against the odds. Read the full story at New Zealand Wine.