About Cooperatives

The International Cooperative Alliance defines a cooperative as “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.” It is, essentially, an enterprise formed by a group of people who work together to solve a problem or reach a shared goal. In a cooperative, only members are permitted to own common shares of

equity. Cooperatives are owned and governed democratically, applying the principle of “one member, one vote.”

A cooperative business follows these seven principles:

Voluntary, Open Ownership

  •   Open to all without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

Democratic Owner Control

  •   One Owner, one vote. Your voice will be heard.

Owner Economic Participation

  •   Owners contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. The economic benefits of a cooperative operation are returned to the Owners, reinvested in the co-op, or used to provide Owner services. You control the capital.

Autonomy And Independence

  •   Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their Owners. Together, you are autonomous. 

Education, Training And Information

  •   Cooperatives provide education and training for Owners so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation. You can develop yourself into the consumer you want to be. 

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

  •   Cooperatives serve their Owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures. You are more successful when you cooperate with others who know how to cooperate. 

Concern For The Community

  •   While focusing on Owner needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their Owners. You can do something for the community even as you keep succeeding. 

Our model of distribution from us to you, farm to table, allows us to offer our CBD for the lowest price and rewards the farmer with 80 cents of every dollar instead of the norm, which is only 5 cents of every dollar. This model eliminates the broker, the middle man, stockholders, middle and upper management. Our mission is to find crops that make more revenue for organic farmers and to lower the price of CBD so that more people can use it. The average farmer is over 62 years old, and in many cases, sons and daughters of those farmers are unwilling to carry on the family tradition given current conditions. We want to mentor a new generation of organic farmers, excited to take over. Our model enables small organic farms to survive and adopt ways that will regenerate soil, restore habitat, save water, produce food and medicine and sequester carbon. See our Save a Farm page for more information. 

Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture builds soil and is centered on growing techniques that increase the fertility of the soil with the least amount of inputs. Regenerative farmers recognize the importance of the soil food web for optimal growth of any and all crops. This can only happen if non-toxic methods are used for fertility, pest control and creating greater yield. By using only organic inputs and reducing the harmful tilling techniques that make conventional farming rely on fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides, we can grow better plants. The goal is healthier plants, plants with more nutrition, and definitely fewer toxic chemicals. It is important to study natural patterns, mimic them when appropriate, and create sustainable practices that sequester carbon, mitigating carbon from the atmosphere. For example, the restoration of grasslands in all arable land could have the impact of halting climate change by restoring the rich subsoil, teeming with biological life.

 

The legendary regenerative agriculture work of Allan Savory of the Savory Institute has restored grassland habitat, healed riparian areas, increased soil fertility, and reduced erosion, while sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. Here is a Ted talk showcasing his work.

 

Another important aspect of this way to grow is that there has to be diversity of crops and crop rotation. This is an alternative to mono crops which tend to be weak requiring pesticides that kill the soil food web which makes added inputs a necessity. The micro organisms are no longer chomping down on rock to create chelated minerals and food for the nematodes and such to build the very important humus (organic matter in soil derived from microbial decomposition).

Resources

10 Reasons All CBD Products Are Not Equal!

Unfortunately, the cannabis field is dominated by two extremes: consumer fear and market greed. This makes the current market for CBD a place where many companies have no scruples. Some even have toxic and inferior products, all to make more money. Here is a list of questions that the consumer can ask of any company that will ensure a cleaner, safer and cheaper CBD product than might come up on a typical Internet search.

FPS has been doing genomic selection for years to find the best CBD hemp plants. We have grown out over 10,000 individual genotypes to find a plant that can go to full maturity and stay below .3% THC.  Most CBD hemp is  harvested weeks before maturity to avoid the THC that spikes during maturation, but they lose density, the terpenes that give bouquet and aroma, have a very high leaf content, and never looks like “killer bud” .   Unicorn is our main variety, which we can grow all the way to the  peak of perfection. She also has a habit of dropping all her fan leaves just before harvest, so the whole field is giant, dense, sticky buds with a spectacular terpene profile that look like they have been hand trimmed. No other plant like it.

We grow our hemp in Fort Collins Colorado, outside, in full sun, in organic soil. We were the first farm registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) to grow hemp in Colorado and we think the USA. We were one of the first certified organic hemp farms too.. In order to maintain that certification we must comply with strict regulations and pay large fees yearly.. All our soil amendments are organic OMRI  certified.  The way we deal with pests and disease is first by hand pruning, then with beneficial predators, and then, if necessary,
with organic spraying.

 We grow outside  at Happy Heart,  the first USDA certified organic, biodynamic Community Supported Agriculture farm (CSA) in Colorado more than 40 years ago. The way we deal with pests and disease is first by pruning, then with beneficial predators and finally, if necessary, with organic sprays (hydrogen peroxide, neem, organic enzymes to name a few), if necessary. All soil amendments are OMRI certified.

It takes time, patience and love.We harvest by hand, hang up to dry and later carefully cure the whole plant material in a period of 6-8 weeks to ensure the best taste and smell and most complete terpene profile.  Our aim is supreme quality, unlike many of our competitors who are after high quantity in less time.

We use the whole plant: flower/leaf/small stems and do an organic ethanol extraction with a proprietary cryogenic pre-wash and post-extraction decarboxylation.

In order for CBD to be bioavailable it has to go from CBD A, an acid, to CBD, a lipid. We test every batch and only charge per milligram of CBD, not total cannabinoids like many other companies. It is of utmost importance that our customers only pay for the CBD that is readily available and scientifically proven to be effective.

When we bottle CBD oil in a commercial kitchen we make it in batches. Each batch is sampled and sent to a third party neutral laboratory for analysis. This is to verify the amount of CBD according to the label and to make sure that it does not exceed the legal limit of 0.3% THC.

Our CBD is heated at a specific temperature for a measured amount of time in order to kill all bacteria. Our product is then hermetically sealed into sterilized jars with safety tops. This is done in an organic certified, commercial kitchen.

             How is the CBD distributed?

Most of our product is given to people in exchange for work at the farm, gifted to the people who help us share it with others and sold directly farm to table. See our Save a Farm page for more information on how this works. 

We believe in contributing to our community  so 10% of our production goes to people who cannot afford it and 10% of our net income goes towards education and legislation to protect hemp from the tyranny of government and the tyranny of corporations.

Our company makes NO claims. In fact, when people ask us about dosing, our answer is “We are not medical professionals, so we cannot prescribe or recommend anything.” We encourage people to do their own research in order to take charge of their own health decisions. However, in the spirit of information sharing, we are continually enhancing our website with resources we have found.

Our pricing has always been the lowest we have found; we started at 10 cents/mg three years ago and we are now at 8 cents/mg.  (And remember, this is per bioavailable millegram, a key distinction.) Soon we will drop the price again. Our overall goal is to crash the price of CBD so that more people can use it and so that corporations, cartels and Wall Street get out of the hemp business.

The three principal cooperative members have been involved in renewable energy, sustainability, Permaculture design, regenerative agriculture and organic farming. See our About Us page for full bios.

Here, we answer these questions for Fat Pig Society’s CBD products:

FPS has been doing genomic selection for years to find the best CBD hemp plants. We have grown out over 10,000 individual genotypes to find a plant that can go to full maturity and stay below .3% THC.  Most CBD hemp is  harvested weeks before maturity to avoid the THC that spikes during maturation, but they lose density, the terpenes that give bouquet and aroma, have a very high leaf content, and never looks like “killer bud” .   Unicorn is our main variety, which we can grow all the way to the  peak of perfection. She also has a habit of dropping all her fan leaves just before harvest, so the whole field is giant, dense, sticky buds with a spectacular terpene profile that look like they have been hand trimmed. No other plant like it.

Other companies advertise and display milligrams of cannabinoids present, not necessarily milligrams of bio-available Cannabidiol (CBD). Each of our bottles has a date of manufacture, and a batch number linked to a 3rd party lab test, along with the milligrams of CBD A and CBD. While it is true that a full spectrum of cannabinoids is beneficial working in synergy with each other, when other manufacturers just print a cannabinoid-only number, this often simply means there is less bioavailable CBD present – they are charging you more without letting you know the CBD A / CBD breakdown.

Our goal at Fat Pig Society is to offer value. We aim to provide a top of the line product at a competitive price. Our vertical integration, working directly with other organic CBD growers, allows us to offer quality without compromising purity.

Yes, CBD is absolutely legal! As long as the percentage of THC in an extract is under 0.3%, then it is classified as Hemp Oil and can be sold, shipped, and ingested in all 50 U.S. states. None of the products we offer have psycho-active effects. They will produce no “high.” All of our products are lab tested to ensure compliance with the legal THC limit. as well as guaranteeing the levels of CBD advertised are really present.

Cannabis is the genus name in Latin that is applied to hemp plants. Hemp plants contain over 95 cannabinoids, or active chemical compounds.

The compound we focus on at the Fat Pig Society is cannabidiol, or CBD. It is non-psychoactive (cannot get you high). 

Marijuana is a word that was invented to scandalize and prohibit the substance in 1935. The cannabis compound found in different levels in various cannabis strains that can produce psychoactive effects, is THC. Per the 2014 Farm bill, any cannabis (hemp) plant that has less than 0.3% THC will be considered hemp, and everything above 0.3% THC is considered marijuana. Our products are made from plant strains that are considered hemp.

Before 1937, 70% of all medicines had hemp (cannabis) in them.  Cannabis is a botanical, just like most of our original medicines . But today, the acceptance and use of CBD as a therapeutic, healing substance is in its infancy, since it was made illegal in 1937 and medical providers have not been able to study it legally. Scientists are only now beginning to develop dosing schedules for medical marijuana, hemp, and their extracts (including CBD). There are thousands of studies already completed, and the anecdotal evidence is clear: cannabis is a very good plant for humans to have. Dr Christina Sanchez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duVF6665Hdk

has documented scientific proof of cannabis’ ability to kill cancer cells. Studies also prove that it can help epilepsy. We believe that this plant affects the mind, body, spirit and health in a positive way. The endocannabinoid system (we have cannabinoid receptors inside our own body) is associated with health, vitality and longevity. The endocannabinoid system is like the software of wellness – it communicates and regulates other body systems, creating an optimized feedback loop in order to create homeostasis. Here is another doctor speaking on the benefits of cannabis in human health: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAKkzCfKiWw

The benefits of the cannabis plant have been felt by humans for millennia. This Cannabis plant,  in all its forms, has co-evolved with humans.  It is part of our very genetic, evolutionary pattern and does not really require more studies to prove itself. 

 

Pain relief and anti-inflammatory are definitely some of the most celebrated health benefits of CBD oil. Research has also shown that CBD has powerful anti-seizure properties, combats anxiety, improves sleep and some people even suggest it might reduce the risk of diabetes and even fight cancer. The non profit Project CBD (www.projectcbd.org) has numerous studies on cannabidiol and is a good source of information for the myriad of benefits of cannabis.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Not formulated to prevent, treat or cure any disease

Dosing is not an exact science; it depends on many factors. Because there is no recommended dose for CBD,, the information presented on this page is intended to serve only as al guide – a starting point of reference – and should never be considered medical advice.

When it comes to using cannabinoids, there is one universal truth to keep in mind: everyone is different. There are countless variables such as weight, diet, metabolism, genetics, environment, product consistency, and more, that make a universally prescribed dosage impossible. Start low and go slow.

While we wish we could provide the public with a mathematical CBD dosage calculator, it isn’t quite that simple – rough estimates are about as good as it gets. Since we are not physicians, we cannot make any recommendations. 

Based on existing research and literature, we feel it is most effective consumed twice per day. We have had people report back with good results using 10-20 mg per day for preventative health and general well being, or when being used for degenerative disease, an average of 50-70 mg per day, with some consuming 100mg plus per day.

All of our products will deliver organic yummy phytocannabinoid rich CBD goodness to your pet! The means of transportation, either biscuit or tincture, is solely up to you, The biscuits are great for ease of delivery, and the tincture is great for a more specific and controlled dose. In our opinion, the biscuits may be used to promote overall health and wellness in generally healthy and young dogs. A biscuit a day keeps the vet away! The drops are more cost effective for larger doses. The choice is always yours, but if you’re having a hard time making a decision, there’s no harm in trying both!