The Castetter Sustainability Group (CSG Hemp) is a family run business with combined decades of experience in all facets of the hemp and cannabis industries including cultivation, product development, finance, distribution, and research. Located in Binghamton, New York, CSG Hemp's mission is to create robust, sustainable, and diverse cannabis industries in the Empire State.
CSG Hemp currently works with 16 farms across New York State to grow high cannabinoid hemp with a focus on quality and sustainability. Homestead Hemp in Salem, New York, is one of these farms.
Located in the original agricultural hub of Washington County, Homestead Hemp is a re-purposed dairy that has belonged to the same family for over 200 years. The same passion that has driven generations of farmers on this soil is ever apparent in Sarah Murphy and Iris Rogers, sisters and co-owners of Homestead Hemp.
The Old Homestead was founded by Clark Rogers on December 10th, 1787. The original deed states ownership of 558 acres of land. The Rogers Family has continued to obtain this estate, although smaller in size, to current day; providing a home and farmland to 8 generations of the Rogers family.
"That's one of the main things we try to do at CSG, is help our community."
Watch the video below to learn more about Homestead Hemp, their partnership with CSG Hemp, and their efforts to support their community.
Sarah Murphy: In 1967, my grandfather, Clifford Rogers, was no longer able to keep the family farm. He had to close it due to financial issues. So when he closed it, my dad took over the farm, he lived on the property, and I grew up here.
For me, it brought me back here to New York from Colorado. It brought me back home where I can reconnect with my roots, I can reconnect with family, and I can build a life here.
It's a scary endeavor to start where no one really knows how we're moving forward. But CSG has been so helpful in guiding us, in providing all of the resources and information that we need to feel comfortable and feel confident in what we're doing.
Iris Rogers: As you can see, the plants are very big and healthy, so I'd say that we were really successful with CSG this year.
Aldous Loyd: We at CSG believe that by creating an industry that's not aggregated to corporations headquartered in some other state, all the money we generate off this industry will circulate in our local economy and our quality of life will come up and be better.
Most of our customers or clients are from the dairy field, and they've got such problems with milk prices and regulations, and a lot of people are in danger of losing their family farms because they can't pay the land taxes. And here, we can offer an opportunity to convert some of their land to offset losses and generate enough income that they can weather these fluctuations in the price of oil and all these issues.That's one of the main things we try to do at CSG, is help our community.