The Lilu’s Advantage
At the core of Lilu’s Garden is its Research and Development team, which consists of geneticists, chemists, chemical engineers, process engineers and more. Lilu’s Garden and its team of the industry’s best and brightest have developed some remarkable innovations that have helped forge the way to true industrial scale. Lilu’s Garden’s drive to innovate and achieve scale has led the team to develop several pieces of equipment as well as processes and agricultural SOP’s that have and will drive the hemp industry forward on a global basis.
Lilu’s piece de resistance, is its patent pending Aqueous Extraction system that provides a clean and efficient solution for large scale CBD and other hemp derivative production with implications far beyond the production facility. Lilu’s ability to process wet hemp allows for the scalability of farming and production along with the reduction of costs across all aspects of farming, logistics and processing. It will very likely change the landscape of the hemp industry for years to come.
Lilu’s Patent-Pending Aqueous Extraction
Aqueous Extraction Scaled to Meet Global Demand
Times are changing for the hemp industry with the passage of the 2018 farm bill. Lilu’s Garden is scaled to meet the newly created global demand and has already contracted some of the largest and well known companies on the planet to be their exclusive supplier. These and companies like them need a GMP manufacturer that can provide consistency of both the quality and supply of hemp derivative products and Lilu’s delivers on both.
Lilu’s Garden’s ability to perform at a global scale while providing the necessary consistency stems for some of the remarkable innovations that it has created, like its patent pending Aqueous Extraction process. The question has been posed as to why anyone would use ethanol or a super critical CO2 process when you could just use water and the answer is, simply put, you wouldn’t. The reason that water is not readily available as a normal solvent is that, a water processing system does not exist in this space but for the system that Lilu’s has developed. It took some of the brightest minds spanning out over a broad spectrum of disciplines and in excess of $50,000,000.00 to create it and Lilu’s Garden holds its complexities close to its vest.
Lilu’s Aqueous Extraction process is as versatile as it is immense in scale and can process hemp of all varieties. Whether that be low potency or high, milled or whole plant, pelletized, decarboxylated or not, we are able to process hemp with the efficiency and speed that the industry demands and are scaled to meet the demands tomorrow will bring. Water is the source of all life on this planet and its use to extract the beneficial molecules of the hemp plant provide the cleanest derivatives available on the market today. There are never any residual solvents like Butane or Ethanol because they are simply not used in our process.
Lilu’s Garden’s flagship hemp derivatives production facility in Owenton, KY is a massive 175,000 sq. ft. and sits on 20 acres of well-manicured grounds with out buildings for storage and training. This facility, can store in excess of 10,000,000 lbs. of hemp at any given time and can process in excess of 300,000 lbs. per day producing a whopping 20,000 kilograms of isolated CBD and other minor cannabinoids per day. The cGMP facility has a fully operational QA/QC analytical laboratory that can process over 800 samples in any given day and is fully licensed as a testing facility by the great state of Kentucky.
Vertical Hemp Farming
Envision the Future of Scaled Hemp Farming
The innovations Lilu’s has created allow for huge advantages at the farm, as well. Scale and the use of water, simplify a lot of issues when it comes to farming. High potency CBD hemp has been the most highly sought after by traditional processors because they can only process small amounts of hemp. The only way that they can increase their output of finished derivative is to increase the potency of the input material. This has traditionally put a strain on farmers who have been forced to purchase very expensive feminized seed or clones for as much as $6.00 per plant. The math is simple, at $6 a plant and 2200 plants per acre that equals $13,200 per acre just to buy the plants not including planting them or managing the field. These and other high costs associated with this specialty type of farming drives prices up for everybody and hinders the industries ability to scale. If Lilu’s Garden adopted this type of farming, the 2019 planting alone would cost an estimated $1 Billion and would be unmanageable.
Harvest is arguably the most difficult time in the hemp farming industry. Traditional farmers are forced to hand harvest, hang dry and then shuck the flower material from the stems. This is and incredible undertaking at any scale but becomes an insurmountable task when you try to achieve true industrial scale. Lilu’s Garden’s innovations, reduce management issues and costs by allowing for streamlined farming, mechanized harvesting and removing the need for drying and shucking. There is no need to remove water, if you are only going to put the material back into water. That simple, logical reality literally saves hundreds of thousands of dollars on a relatively small 150-acre farm. The savings industry-wide are truly Staggering.
What Lilu’s innovations have done, is provide a pathway to scale. By allowing for less potent material to be grown it allows Farmers to plant seeds at a higher volume per acre and manage their fields in a similar fashion to corn. By allowing for a mechanical harvest and removing the need for drying and shucking, it allows farmers to operate with limited manpower and increased efficiency. Costs are fractional and management becomes efficient and true scale is becomes achievable.
Lilu’s Garden works with farmers nationwide to assist in the operating SOP’s, genetics, provides planting and harvesting services, participates in joint-ventures and is incredibly flexible, due to the versatility of our process. It is our mission to lead the pathway to true scale on the field and off.
Hemp Seed Breeding
Our hemp breeding program utilizes new technologies and breeding partnerships to develop and deploy seeds adapted to meet our industries demand. Lilu’s Garden understands genetics, breeding, germination and propagation and that location, climate, and that the terrain of each farm can determine genetic choices. Lilu’s Garden will do everything in their power to maximize yields while creating efficiencies wherever possible. With over 5 Billion seeds in their possession, Lilu’s provides the ability to select the right seed for your farm and as our understanding of genetics continues to evolve, so will our ability to cultivate hemp strains focused on specific cannabinoids and designed for individual farming and environmental conditions. In addition to providing genetics that are sustainable in alternative climates and regulatory environments, Lilu’s also focuses on creating efficiencies in farming practices and has created customizable SOP’s that consider the use of customized farming equipment and tools designed to defend against weeds, insects, disease and pollination. Farmer’s around the world make multiple decisions each day on how to best protect their crop and Lilu’s will continue to invest time and resources into solving problems that the industry faces.