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 such as distillation columns, evaporators 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 and 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 and Lilu’s Garden is scaled to meet the newly created global demand. Some of the largest companies on the planet have contracted with Lilu’s and they need a cGMP 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 Lilu’s 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 simply 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, whole plant or 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 that 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 20,000,000 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 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 have 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 crop drives prices up everybody and hinders the industries ability to scale. If Lilu’s farmed this way the 2019 planting would cost an estimated $1 Billion and it would not even be possible to manage with that type of farming operation.
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 and incredible undertaking at any scale but becomes an insurmountable task when you try to achieve true industrial scale. Lilu’s innovations again allow for streamlined mechanized harvesting and remove 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. The simply, logical reality of this literally saves hundreds of thousands of dollars on a 150-acre farm. The savings industrywide are mindboggling.
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 Works with farmers nationwide to assist in the SOP’s, genetics, planting and harvesting services, joint ventures and is the most flexible of all hemp operations 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 the terrain of each farm will determine genetics and seed choice. Through diligent research our team has grown to understand that certain strains grow more efficiently in certain environments; ensuring our farming partners that 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 the actual practice of farming and has created customizable SOP’s that consider the use of customized farming equipment and tools designed to defend this precious crop against weeds, insects, disease and pollination. Farmer’s around the world make multiple decisions each day as to how to best protect their crop and Lilu’s will continue to invest time and resources to solving problems that the industry faces.