In 2018, Tristan and Randy Bapst set out to expand the incredible potential of the hemp industry to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Joining forces with John Johnson, they founded CBD Prime Seed Company, the first step towards a vertically integrated CBD company. Randy and John, both veterans and experienced entrepreneurs, recognized the incredible potential CBD may have in reducing chronic pain, treating veterans returning with PTSD, and combating the opioid epidemic.
Supported by the Maryland State Government and Department of Agriculture, CBD Prime Seed Company partnered with some of the largest farmers on the Eastern Shore in the production of feminized hemp seed. To complete the puzzle, CBD Prime solicited the support of North Fork Agriculture, an established company in the hemp industry, to seek genetics and consultation for its feminized seed production.
CBD Prime Seed Company is proud to be part of this emerging industry by providing high-quality hemp genetics in an effort to expand the farming industry’s opportunities throughout the region and the United States.
We are a team of agricultural entrepreneurs comprised of seasoned farmers, agronomists, cannabis and business experts. Together we have made it our goal to bring quality hemp genetics to the market with integrity and professionalism.
As a serial entrepreneur, Randy Bapst is a founding partner of CBD Prime Seed Company, a firm that specializes in uniquely crafted hemp genetics located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. As a proven business leader, he guides and directs the growth strategy for the organization in what is clearly an indisputably burgeoning market. Since 2019, Randy has established an extensive network of industry partners to lead the way in building a vertically integrated business from seed to sale within the CBD industry. As an accomplished Executive, Randy combines his business acumen with the ability to identify high-growth niches in emerging market spaces to launch, sustain and scale successful companies.
Prior to CBD Prime Seed Company, Randy was active in the mortgage and financial services industries. He led a consumer finance startup in the online space, where he built and managed a multi-million-dollar lending portfolio. As a precursor to that, Randy launched a national mortgage company, building it from the ground up to 520 employees with over $100M in annual revenue. His early career includes time in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was a crew chief on the Presidential Helicopter, Marine One.
Regardless of the market, the core foundation of Randy’s success has been his expertise in capitalizing on resource opportunities, optimizing skilled workforces, building strategic partnerships, and integrating new technologies into new and existing entities.
John Johnson Jr. is an integral partner of CBD Prime Seed Company. The knowledge and expertise gained from his fifteen years of experience in the public and private sectors have prepared him well for the creation, growth, and development of CBD Prime. His experience in real estate brokerage, construction management, and general project administration have enabled CBD Prime to partner with national and international companies. He has simultaneously managed multiple projects for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Hanscom Air Force Base, Hensel Phelps, and Davis Construction. These management functions consisted of negotiating contracts with owners and subsequent subcontract negotiations, meeting with and briefing owners and senior-level executives, establishing/monitoring budgets, defining scopes of work and hiring personnel, and providing oversight of project development teams and project feasibility.
He has simultaneously managed multiple projects for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Hanscom Air Force Base, Hensel Phelps and Davis Construction. These management functions consisted of negotiating contracts with owners and subsequent subcontract negotiations, meeting with and briefing owners and senior-level executives, establishing/monitoring budgets, defining scopes of work and hiring personnel, and providing oversight of project development teams and project feasibility. The combination of his military service and construction/project management have positioned CBD prime squarely in the industry to become an important leader in seed production and sales.
Vicky comes to CBD Prime Seed with over 30 years of experience in agriculture. A fourth-generation Eastern Shore farmer, Vicky works side by side with her husband Mark, cultivating 2000 acres of soybean, wheat, and corn. After 20 years of experience working for the USDA, Vicky decided to return to her family farm full time and grow annual flowers in their 3/4 acre commercial greenhouse. After 16 years as a network grower for Bell Nursery, Vicky is excited to be at the forefront of this new crop and become an integral part of CBD Prime Seed Company.
Joshua Wilcox heads up our sales department with years of sales and management experience. Josh has been in sales for most of his career. Prior to sales he was an award-winning executive chef and served in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. His past accomplishments include developing and managing a national sales team, launching several retail brands, and major accounts director. Josh's most recent experience included several years of sales management in the automotive finance industry, He continues to consult for several hedge funds in the development and merger stages of acquisition as well as companies looking to launch new products to the wholesale market. His expertise in network creation will help create a more efficient end to end solution for the farmers in our network.
North Fork Agriculture specializes in the cultivation of medical hemp. They address the agricultural needs of the market through genetic research, propagation and cultivation of hemp. The team has refined an approach to Cannabis cultivation through the study and application of agronomy, microbiology, and integrated systems. Through their agricultural experience, data collection and analysis as well as extensive trials over the past ten years, the picture of what Cannabis truly wants has become increasingly clear.
North Fork Ag. understands the relationships of nutrients and minerals that Cannabis requires to achieve its full genetic potential. By implementing expertise in the field, they have been able to help farmers produce lastingly up to 5 times their previous yields in farms throughout the US. Based on 10 years of success in medical and recreational marijuana as well as the last two years in the hemp industry, North Fork Ag. was an obvious choice for a qualified partner and we are proud to work together in advancing hemp genetics.