Jernegan began his career 25 years ago, working at a massive cattle, chicken and pig farm in Arkansas. “It’s not the kind of farming I do now,” he says. “It was a big lesson in what I didn’t want to do—it was pretty disgusting. That first job is a big reason I have the attitude I do now.” After working on farms in the Northwest, he settled in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with his family and started a supply store for local growers and dispensaries.
After nearly a decade of development, Jerengan created the Two Beards™ hemp strain. The crop grows more aggressively, is pest- and disease- resistant and flowers in a shorter amount of time compared to other varieties. But Jerengan isn’t stopping there: He’s constantly improving Garden Om’s Difference hemp strains and is breeding new cultivars for specific commercial applications.
Joe is the master grower and hemp breeder at Garden Om Hemp Co