I'm Brad Ervin, former chef, 25-year rock 'n' roll sound engineer, and now the CHO (Chief Hemp Officer) of Hippie Butter Hemp Seed Food Products. As I toured the world with such artists as George Strait, Bette Midler, Paul McCartney, and many others, I discovered, the "superfood," hemp seeds. During a tour in Canada, I became sick and exhausted from long hours and bad food so common in the entertainment industry. I was hungry and stopped at a convenience store that happened to carry hemp seeds. I bought some, loved the nutty, crunchy taste, and started to eat a handful a day. It wasn't long before I was feeling more energized, less stressed with a heightened sense of well-being.
Since hemp seeds were too good to keep to myself, I brought home a small stock to my wife, a thyroid patient, who also found that the hemp seeds made her feel better, increased her energy and sense of well-being. She passed them along to her friends. Soon, many people were clamoring for my hemp seeds. I couldn't keep up with the demand and decided to start buying hemp seeds by the case but ran into a problem - it was hard to find U.S. companies who carried hemp seeds and finding quality hemp seeds was next to impossible. "There should be a company that makes a wide variety of high-quality hemp seed products in America!" That was my "light bulb" moment and ten years ago I created Hippie Butter and launched www.hippiebutter.com.
Our mission is simple: to purchase, promote and deliver a growing line of delicious, nutritious, 100% organic gourmet hemp seed foods, beverages, and skin/hair-care products for people who live a natural lifestyle, love healthy foods and work to leave a healthy planet for future generations.
Hippie Butter's social media and multiple-platform website include a full line of organic hemp seed foods, beverages and beauty products as well as recipes, step-by-step, "Cooking With Hemp Seeds" instructional videos, hemp education and hemp history. These elements are designed to educate our site visitors, immerse them in our brand's hemp culture and welcome them as members of our Hippie Butter community.
Haven't tried hemp seeds before? Just go to our site, www.freehempseedsamples.com, follow the exact instructions and we'll send you free hemp seeds samples to try.
We started with two products, toasted and hulled hemp seeds. Since then I've incorporated my chef's skills and palate into the process, bootstrapped funding and Hippie Butter now carries a wide-variety of vegan-certified gourmet hemp seed products.
We currently market through social media, with over 650,000 followers through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and more. Hippie Butter recently introduced a wholesale program for grocers and retail stores as well as affiliate and drop-shipping programs.
The Happy Hippies of Hippie Butter currently live on five acres of gorgeous, Texas countryside and share their acreage with pet chickens, guinea fowl, cats: Mingus, Ghost, Hildegard and Butters, as well as Rotties: Lola and Bubbles. Melete dreams of adding a pot-bellied pig to their menagerie. Brad is not sold on the idea.....yet.
Hippie Butter’s Story Part 2 -
Our Story Continues
This has been quite a year!
Hippie Butter’s growing like crazy. We’re still bootstrapping our rapidly emerging company and our brand recognition is growing organically everyday. While upstart, fly-by-night companies are trying to jump on the hemp bandwagon by offering cheap prices and questionable hemp sources, we’ve been quietly sticking to our mission and building our Hempire. We invest our time and talents establishing relationships with our many friends on social media, word-of-mouth recommendation.
As we continue to follow our Hemp Seed Dreams, we often think of the famous mythologist, philosopher and writer, Joseph Campbell, and his groovy book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell's philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: "Follow your bliss." To attain bliss, one must go through the archetypal Hero's Journey. To us, Hemp = Bliss and we’re the Hippie Heroes of our Hippie Butter journey. .
As in any thrilling hero adventure, we’re negotiating our way past the boulders, trolls, misdirections, failures, falls and discoveries of new and unknown trails of success by means of trial and error.
“As you travel through life, birds will poop on you. Do not bother to brush it off. Continue your journey.” --Joseph Campbell.
After a disappointing, last-minute failure from a “too good to be true” investor at the beginning of the year, we were forced to rethink our success strategies. Every good, juicy Hero story includes failure. In our heroic journey, we experienced what we believed to be failure: crooked investors, a ”freak” accidental fall that resulted in an injury we tried to ignore, increasing physical pain and, ultimately, a torn rotator cuff that led to subsequent surgery and physical rehabilitation. To be truthful, we started to feel like poor Prometheus, who was busted by Zeus for giving the world the gift of fire (gift of hemp). His punishment was to have an eagle eat his liver every day until Hercules released him. Talk about harshing our mellow! We wanted our own personal Hercules, and that’s where Hemp Seeds came to our aid!
Hemp Seeds to the rescue!
Brad the “Ripper of the Rotator Cuff” gained a lot of weight while he recovered from his surgery - he was unable to move and lived in a recliner for 4 months. Melete, aka Mellow Mel, made Hemp Seed Butter smoothies and plied Brad with handfuls of Hulled Hemp seeds every day. (Hemp seeds are loaded with easily-digestible proteins, a 3:1 ratio of Omega- 6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids, plus vitamins and minerals). Now Brad is losing weight and regaining the use of his right arm. Hemp seeds stopped his sugar cravings due to inactivity, lubricated his joints, decreased his inflammation, and gave him proteins to help build the muscle mass that he lost due to atrophy. In two months, he’ll be fully recovered from his rotator cuff surgery. Better still, his cholesterol and triglycerides levels are down. Yippee! Hemp seeds really are superfoods!
And the gifts that we thought to be failures on our Hippie Hero's Journey emerged. Brad and Melete spent recovery time building Hippie Butter’s new multiple-platform, interactive website, fine-tuning our marketing strategy, developing new products, and cutting the fat from the business plan. Turns out the “failure” with the investors at the beginning of the year was actually a blessing and a bullet we dodged. We learned that WE are the Hippie Heroes in our own story. Hemp is our Bliss and no one can drag us down.
We’re still seeking investors who share our “Hemp is Bliss” philosophy of life. (Cue the music, “We are Hemp Seed Hippies, Hear us Roar.”
Peace, love and Hippie Butter!
P.S. Turns out, Mellow Mel fed hemp seeds to Prometheus’ eagle. It stopped eating liver, flew away and now lives in Boulder where it happily manages the local Drive-thru Beer Barn.
Have any questions? Brad and Melete love talking "all things hemp" and are available 24/7 to answer the phone and reply to email or website inquiries about the many benefits of the hemp plant. They even take orders and make sure Hippie Butter's customers get their Hemp Seed products fast and in great condition. Call us anytime at 972-354-4504
Hippie Butter's Favorite Quote:
"My mission is to make hemp such a common occurence that our kids will grow up listening to us gripe about how the kids don't respect the changes we made, while they roll their eyes, storm out of the house in their hemp jeans, stealing the keys to the bio-fueled car, blaring tunes while they munch on a hemp powerbar, on their way to the cafe to meet with their friends to smoke a joint, have a coffee and listen to "real, up-and-coming culture jammers, not like the ones our friggin' parents' claim to be." Our kids won't see why hemp is such a "big deal" because hemp and other alternatives will just be all around them, plain as day."--Puff Mama.