Shi Farms is a licensed Hemp Cultivation Operation under the Colorado Department of Agriculture, proudly located in Pueblo, Colorado. Our dedicated team operates our flagship 300-acre farm and 40,000 square feet of research greenhouses. Scaling quickly from our pilot harvest in 2017, we planted and harvest 100 acres in 2018. With cooperative land farmed in excess of 200 acres, Shi Farms continues to scale to meet the needs of skyrocketing manufacturing and retail demand.
At the management level, our CBD pedigree runs deep, we have been around since the very beginning, assisting with one of the first companies to pioneer the CBD space. Since we’ve helped build national cannabis brands, we understand the needs of our clients and the challenges that come with operating a cannabis business on all fronts.
At the operations level, Shi is attempting to find the sweet spot between the craft cultivation needs of High-CBD Hemp and commercial agriculture type scale necessary to produce large quantities of CBD ingredients. We lean on our agricultural operations team who brings decades of farming expertise in traditional crops to try and grow cannabis like corn!
Going further into our mission, we felt something was missing in the cannabis space. Shi Farms wants to be different. Shi Stands for Sustainable Hemp Initiative. Our plan is to grow our operations in a sustainable and green manner. Cutting our water use in half, utilizing green energy like solar and windmills and pushing towards zero waste. We’ve already started this mission by mixing all our hemp stalks, stems and leaves with probiotics to make Bokashi, a fertilizer that grows our next generation of plants.
Being Sustainable is not just about green initiatives, it's also about sustainable businesses practices. In addition to providing needed agricultural jobs in the Pueblo region, Shi has launched its Shi Cooperative program to help farmers around the country cultivate hemp. We want to be a steward of the Hemp Industry for a long time and educating and assisting farmers is a good first step.
In 2018, we launched our first out-of-state Co-Op in New York. With a successful pilot under our belt, we plan to continue scaling acreage on the east coast.
Steven Turetsky - Managing Director
Steve is a cannabis industry veteran and brings 5 years of industry-specific knowledge and study to Shi Farms. Steve directs Shi Farms sales, financials and business development. He has been featured in industry publications and spoken at several international cannabis conferences including MJBizCon and Cannatech. Steve has also consulted on international hemp projects in Central Asia and Israel. Prior to Shi Farms, he worked at Dixie Brands, cannabis infused product pioneer, eventually assuming the role of National Operations Manager and serving as the liaison between corporate executives and state franchises. Steve earned degrees in both Economics and Biological Sciences at The University of Pittsburgh while focusing his thesis work on cannabis economic policy and therapeutic opportunities of Cannabidiol.
Drew Ferguson - Operations Director
Drew brings 5 years of cannabis industry knowledge to direct Shi Farms cultivation, genetics and marketing operations across the country. Drew entered the cannabis industry as National Marketing Manager at Dixie Brands, Inc. and managed Dixie’s digital marketing and product development marketing during the brand’s expansion into four states. Prior to Dixie, Drew was involved in several other entrepreneurial ventures in automotive, e-commerce and hospitality industries. He is a collaborative leader adept at motivating and driving a team to breakthrough ideas that deliver results. Passionate problem solver who leads business with insightful, creative solutions that build brands and create meaningful connections with consumers. Drew earned his Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Mark Marsh - Director of Agriculture
Mark Marsh joined Shi Farms in 2016, bringing 30+ years of commercial farming experience in corn, soybeans, sunflowers, melons and more. Mark has developed big agricultural techniques specifically for hemp; including scaled clone transplanting, modifying seed planters for hemp, mechanizing harvest and drying and milling high-cbd hemp for maximum trichome preservation. He has developed nutrient and soil remediation strategies to maximize crop yield year over year with repeatable results. We are grateful to have Mark, his family and his experience as a part of our team.