Our Story

Our Story

When America was reaching westward in the 1840s and ‘50s, emigrants cursed this stretch of salty, dune-pocked, god-forsaken soil. The Great Basin was simply a nasty bump on the road to the Golden State. It was a good place to forget. That’s not how Joseph Frey saw things, however. Where others saw dunes and brush, Joseph envisioned fields knee-high in crops and wide-reaching swaths of alfalfa, or what came to be known locally as greenwave. His vision took root and over the course of the next century, the Frey family continually fine tuned their business with new crops, new techniques and innovative measures in agribusiness.

Fast-forward to 2018 and that same family continues to successfully glean life from the land, finding, farming and developing high quality hemp for CBD oil, foods and milk, seeds, textiles and building materials. Western States Hemp is headed up by lifelong farmer Joe Frey and his partner Adrienne Snow, sister-in-law and, like Joe, rooted in a family with a ranching history.

Adrienne Snow standing hemp farm field

Adrienne Snow | Business Development Manager/Founder

Adrienne is Western States Hemp’s Business Development Manager/Founder and a well-respected visionary in Nevada’s entrepreneurial scene. She’s the creative force behind Western States Hemp, digging deep on current issues and avenues and exploring opportunities that others have yet to imagine. Nevada Business Magazine and the Reno Gazette Journal are among the many publications that have paid tribute to her spirit and skills. She continues to work closely with investors and like-minded entrepreneurs. When she steps away from her role as Western Hemp’s “big thinker,” Adrienne finds time to ride horses with her cattle ranching husband and their three sons.

Joe is the company’s Founder and Owner and handles the farming operations with the same precision he applies to his other job — as a corporate pilot flying jets. His attention to detail in the cockpit is as intricate as it is in the labs and fields of Western States. A fourth generation Nevadan, Joe and his wife Jamie have four children that pitch in on feeding the animals and picking the weeds.

Joe Frey standing hemp farm field

Joe Frey | Founder & Owner

Joe Frey standing hemp farm field

Joe Frey | Founder & Owner

Joe is the company’s Founder and Owner and handles the farming operations with the same precision he applies to his other job — as a corporate pilot flying jets. His attention to detail in the cockpit is as intricate as it is in the labs and fields of Western States. A fourth generation Nevadan, Joe and his wife Jamie have four children that pitch in on feeding the animals and picking the weeds.

Our Values

Wisdom

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Reliability

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Consistency

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Courage

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Visionary

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Commitment

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