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Tonia - the Queen

The Inspiration behind... the Queen.

From cancer….

For 10 years before embarking on the hemp foods adventure, Tonia Farman ran a nonprofit — Project Koru — that helped young adults get their lives back after cancer. She was a pioneer in developing experiential programming to help address the psychosocial effects of cancer to improve quality of life. She won Self Magazine’s Woman of the Year award and Livestrong’s Young Adult Cancer Survivorship award for her work, however after 12 years she sighed witnessing an ongoing challenge with the people Project Koru served.

Camp Koru

…. to curiosity.

The more she worked with cancer survivors, the more she recognized roadblocks that kept coming up during and after battling their disease: a broken food system and a failed healthcare system. In her research to seek out something better, she kept running into the many beneficial properties of nutritional hemp. In fact, her only experience with hemp was the bag of hemp hearts in her pantry. This is what inspired Tonia to learn morel

Pickle Truck

From the Pickle King to a Hemp Queen

When coming up with a name, we looked to our roots. Tonia’s grandfather was the Pickle King of the Pacific Northwest, working with farmers from the Skagit Valley in Northwest Washington State to the Willamette Valley in Oregon to grow cucumbers for the family pickle business. As a producer, Grandpa Farman and Uncle Fred had family-like relationships with their growers, inviting them to family reunions, pickle parties and holidays. Dick and Fred were in the fields as well… it was part of being connected to the product and the quality every step of the way.

So when we decided to bring hemp hearts (the yummy, nutritious core of the hemp seed) to market…. it only seemed natural to carry on the legacy of working with, and supporting, American farmers to do so. Just this time, we thought it was time for a Queen. And so Queen of Hearts began.