Franny was raised with farming in her blood. She grew up in Nashville, TN to a cattle farming father and a banking executive mother. Jeff lived on a homestead farm in rural NY with a garden, pigs, chickens, geese and a family horse. These early histories planted agricultural roots that would later grow over time.
Franny experienced her youthful, independent years out west in the Forestry program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. While in college, “Franny and friends” moved to a farm and developed it with gardens and animals, hosting a monthly “Full Moon Festival” and getting involved in agricultural crop research. She continued her educational path, completing a Graduate Degree in Education at TN State University. After four years of teaching, Franny moved to Asheville, NC and had a successful career in pharmaceutical sales managing a 10 million dollar territory for over 12 years. Franny’s frustration with what she calls the “unhealthcare system” inspired her to return to the land. It was a three year process on her path of “Pharma to Farm” before Franny quit her corporate career to focus on building a new business.
Jeff went on to college in Syracuse, NY, earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. After time in the military, he transitioned to a state government career in land-use and zoning. The next eight years of Jeff’s life were spent building businesses as an entrepreneur. Jeff built, operated and sold 2 restaurants. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering and Project Management Professional Certification. Jeff worked full time as a General Contractor & Project Manager for his construction company and as a consultant to regional business.
In 2012, Franny and Jeff took a leap of faith and bought uncultivated land in Leicester, North Carolina, creating Franny’s Farm. Franny’s agricultural background and professional career in sales and marketing combined with Jeff’s construction & entrepreneurial background, prepared them for the magic that was soon to happen.
In 2017, Franny planted hemp varieties for food and fiber, and without knowing, became the first female hemp farmer in North Carolina in over 75 years.
In 2018, Franny pivoted to hemp varieties grown for cannabinoid production and together, Jeff and Franny opened their first Franny’s Farmacy Dispensary in downtown Asheville NC.
Seed to Shelf, Hemp & Health
As demand grew from Franny’s Farmacy customers, it was crucial to scale the business while retaining the high quality standards that were set early in the company.
Jeff & Franny cultivated a specific community of farmers with shared values who are dedicated to creating quality products. It was important that their hemp was traceable from “seed to shelf,” creating CBD products that can be trusted for their purity and quality. They made sure COAs would confirm ingredients and phytocannabinoid levels.
Franny’s Farmacy grew to be committed to supporting the health and wellness of its CBD dispensary customers through its innovative organic farm; network of principled partner producers and institutions; and traceable seed-to-shelf hemp and CBD products.
The Franny’s Farmacy Difference
With CBD rising in popularity, many companies would get into the game. For consumers, choosing a trustworthy brand can be daunting when there are so many unregulated options available. For Franny’s Farmacy customers, though, the decision is a simple one.
Franny’s Farmacy is a vertically integrated family of companies, and this is important for two reasons. First, with no manufacturing middleman, we’re able to offer our customers a quality product at a reasonable price. Second, we prioritize the product itself, ensuring that every customer enjoys a safe, natural, regulated CBD experience.
What else sets Franny’s Farmacy apart from the rest?
Franny’s Farmacy’s CBD oil is extracted from organic hemp plants. We never use fillers or unnecessary ingredients. We work with reputable manufacturers that operate in certified, inspected facilities. Best of all, we’re setting the standard in the industry by offering a full-spectrum distillate in all of our products. Simply put? Rather than using “CBD isolate” (AKA, a single cannabinoid), Franny’s Farmacy products provide exposure to an array of cannabinoids, creating a more pleasurable experience known as the entourage effect, for our customers.
And we don’t stop there…
Beyond creating an excellent product, Franny’s Farmacy wants to ensure its customers are educated about exactly how to use what they purchase. Our staff is full of energy and eager to answer any questions customers may have. Having helpful personnel available has helped de-mystify the CBD experience for many first time consumers, particularly those that are older, who may have been turned off in the past by less professional CBD companies.
For Jeff, Franny and their employees, connection is key: Touching people’s lives through education and understanding matters just as much as any other piece of the puzzle, and sets Franny’s Farmacy apart as a true gem of any community.
MEET OUR TEAM
Hands in the soil and arms filled with flower, we are passionate about growing a selection of cannabinoid wellness products that promote a healthy body and mind. As farmers, we are committed to the highest standards for growing, harvesting and processing hemp. Our goal is to bring you quality products crafted with care.
Customer Support & Quality Assurance
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