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 three 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, skin and 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 website include a full line of organic hemp seed foods 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.
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 350,000 followers through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and more. Hippie Butter recently introduced a wholesale program for grocers and retail stores.
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.