Originated in Evergreen, Colorado, Hemp Way Foods is the vision of Carla Boyd, who established her company in 2014 to serve those requiring enhanced plant-based nutrition. As the saying goes, “necessity being the mother of invention,” it was Carla’s own experiences with food intolerances after recovery from a terrible automobile accident, that caused her to reimagine her nutritional intake. Directed by her doctors, she began her quest to identify alternatives to fuel her body, absorb protein, and achieve optimum health. This led her to hemp, not only as a source of protein, but also as a source of vital nutrients which helped reduce her recovery time significantly. After several years developing and reformulating her recipes, she debuted her Hemp Burger and Hemp Burger Crumble products to local grocery stores, nutritional outlets, and health food stores to resounding success. By the end of her second year in business, she was widely-acclaimed in the health food industry being featured in publications such as the Denver Post & The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, as well as having earned accolades for taste, winning taste test challenges such as “Best Colorado Hemp Food” in 2016, 2018, and 2019. Carla and Hemp Way Foods are here to show us it isn’t impossible to believe a non-GMO, free of corn, dairy, gluten, and soy, meat alternative can’t taste this good, while having more bioavailable, absorbable protein per bite compared to the “other guys.”

Carla is committed to bringing additional Hemp Way Foods products to her loyal customers, including: specially-flavored burgers and crumbles, a hemp- and plant-based cheese for dipping and nachos, a hemp hot sauce, and even a hemp mayo. Debuting this year is her latest creation: A Hemp Breakfast Sausage inspired by fennel & Italian seasoning! Carla is recognized throughout Colorado for her business acumen, energy, passion, and collaborative nature. Hemp Way Foods operates as a wholesale food supplier of hemp burgers and hemp seed crumbles to restaurants and grocery markets focused on healthy foods for healthy living.

Is it impossible to believe meat lovers and vegans alike can enjoy a hemp-based meat alternative? At Hemp Way Foods, we’ve accomplished the improbable!

How does Hemp Way Foods contribute to a healthier future?

At Hemp Way Foods, our recipes center around wholesome ingredients to nourish the body. Ancient cultures believed food is medicine and fuel for the human body. In recent years we’ve deviated from this philosophy, and the quality of our food reflects our current state of health. Our Founder, Carla Boyd, poured years of her life into each of her recipes, to provide the foundation for hemp-derived foods which not only deliver “more nutrition per bite,” but they actually taste great too!

From Carla’s kitchen to yours, the nutritious benefits speak for itself. Every 4-ounce serving supplies us with 10 grams of bioavailable protein, 8 grams of fiber, is 70% manganese, 20% Iron, 25% phosphorus, to name just a few benefits. Add on top of that the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated “good” fats, packed with Omega-3, -6, and -9 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), and vitamins and nutrients too many to list, and you’ll see why you should just try it!

Once you do, you’ll see why Hemp Way Foods became widely-acclaimed in the health food industry as far back as 2015, being featured in publications such as the Denver Post and The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, as well as having earned numerous accolades for taste, winning challenges such as “Best Colorado Hemp Food” in 2016, 2018, and 2019. 

Carla and Hemp Way Foods are here to show us it isn’t impossible to believe a non-GMO, corn-, dairy-, gluten-, and soy-free meat alternative can’t taste this good, while having more bioavailable, absorbable protein and nutrition per bite compared with the “other guys.”

The Burger Patty and Crumble products are convenient options to be incorporated into a number of recipes. Whether it be Taco Tuesday, nachos before the big game, or Family Stroganoff Night, Hemp Way Foods is here to show us that “less is more”: we deliver LESS trans fat, saturated fat, and calories per serving compared with the “other guys.”

We provide MORE of what we need: more protein, more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and more Omega 3-, 6-, and 9-Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) compared with, yes, you get it. So much more that we attracted the attention of an Ivy League agricultural institution which believes in Hemp Way Foods. We are on NDA, and in advanced negotiations with, this academic institution to establish a research program to understand the sensory and nutritious benefits of the Hemp Burger Patty relative to beef, pork, "veggie" burgers, the Beyond Burger, and the Impossible Burger. Regardless of whether Carla's Hemp Burger wins the taste test challenge, at the conclusion participants will receive nutritional guidance comparing the products at a granular level, based on a multitude of nutritional metrics. The Seeds of Change Accelerator will provide a pathway for hemp to gain the spotlight it needs to enter a new era of food education and awareness. 

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Carla Boyd is a graduate of the University of North Texas, an entrepreneur, educator, & advocate within the Cannabis/Hemp Industries. Her involvement began in early 2009, serving on the board of the Mile-High Denver NORML chapter until 2012. During this time, she also consulted with several dispensaries with a marketing/sales focus & events coordinator for Hemp Cleans, a statewide Colorado educational campaign.

Carla struggled personally with various food intolerances; she discovered that hemp(food) assisted her on the road to sustainable health.  This inspired the creation of Hemp Way Foods in 2014 and fuels the company’s visionary food products.  Hemp Way is a hemp-based food production company where she continues as President & Chief Operations Manager.  Hemp Way Foods education is shared alongside brand awareness and is a central focus of the business’s outreach. In 2015, her company received “Best Hemp Product/Facilitated by “The Cannabis Business Awards.  She again won in 2016 for “Best Colorado Hemp Food” by the Industrial Hemp Awards.  She just became back-to-back winners at the 2018 and 2019 Grow Hemp Colorado Indo Expo Events as the “Best Hemp Food Company”. 

Her recent highlights include an appointment to the Leadership Counsel for the National Small Business Association. Hemp Way Foods has been featured in various regional publications, most notably the Denver Post & the Hemp Connoisseur Magazine; making the Hemp Connoisseur Spring 2018 “100 People You Should Know”.  Carla was also a featured contributor to the “VegFest Cookbook” published in 2017.  The year begins with local and national speaking opportunities for sharing her message of hemp nutrition & sustainable food development; starting with the Industrial Hemp Summit in VA and the development of her online cooking show “Cooking with the Hemp Food Lady”.