We started Queen of Hearts to inspire positive nutritional and social change in the food system through supporting our local farmers to grow hemp.
For 10 years before embarking on the hemp foods adventure, Tonia ran a nonprofit that helped young adults get their lives back after cancer. It was here that she discovered the diet and nutrition challenges so many people with health issues faced during and after battling their disease. She wanted to be a part of something bigger — helping positively change our food system on an agricultural scale, while helping consumers learn the incredible nutritional benefits of hemp. Meanwhile, her husband, Gregg, discovered the incredible nutritional benefits of hemp while facing his own health issues. He ate hemp hearts on a daily basis, which helped relieve back inflammation and stress that was taking over his life. It was here that the QOH story began.
Why Queen of Hearts?
The Queen of Hearts name was inspired from family and food: Tonia’s grandfather was “The Pickle King,” working with Pacific Northwest farmers to grow cucumbers for the family pickle business. Building on that legacy, we felt it was time for a “queen!” The highly nutritional core of the hemp seed is the heart… hence our name!