Annie Sicard and Stephen Smith teamed up in early 2017 to form Onda Wellness after Stephen had his ah-ha moment the following holiday season. With Annie's background in hemp, finance, wellness, product development, and management and Stephen's path through Biodynamic and Organic agriculture, photography, wine-making, hospitality, and business development, this duo hit the ground running and have been trailblazing the regenerative hemp farming and whole plant approach to the CBD industry ever since.
STEPHEN SMITH // CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & CO-FOUNDER
Growing up in North Carolina in an active family Stephen spent most of his developmental days outside exploring his grandmother's farm, the woods, streams, and lakes of this bio-diversified Southern landscape.
Stephen received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Colorado while exploring the Rocky Mountains. It was a five-month solo motorcycle adventure through South America that piqued Stephen’s interest in farming, grape growing, and wine-making. This ultimately led him to get his hands dirty working for boutique wineries and vineyards in Napa, California, arguably the wine mecca of the world.
By 2012, Stephen found his next job back in Colorado to work as the Director of Business Development for the first Organic distillery in the US and first Biodynamic farm in Colorado. Experiencing half a year on this 90,000-acre cattle ranch opened Stephen's eyes to large scale land management, animal husbandry, and agricultural and economic diversification.
Stephen's fascination with hemp goes back over 20 years when he wrote his high school research paper on the many uses of hemp. "My mind was blown by how dynamic this crop is and by the strange fact that hemp is not being used for building materials, medicines, food, fiber and more. This truly feels like my life's work. Time to bring hemp back."
ANNIE SICARD // CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & CO-FOUNDER
Annie started an edibles company called Annie's Edibles in 2008. “Being a part of the edibles industry was incredible in so many ways. It was also a little scary! But I went for it anyway.”
Annie witnessed people celebrating the renewal of plant medicine and the newfound freedom in replacing traditional western medicines. “The collection of stories I gathered from this paradigm shift made my heart happy. I knew I was in the right place at the right time.”
“When I got the call from Stephen in January of 2017 asking if I would like to create a business in the CBD hemp world, once again I felt that sense of purpose and place. The answer was an absolute, ‘Yes! The world needs this, the world is ready.’
“Here we are,” Annie says after two and a half years with Stephen and Onda Wellness. “We are simply the messengers of this sacred plant in a time it is so desperately needed.”
Their passion for plant medicine and regenerative agriculture continues with Onda, healing people and the Earth. They haven't looked back since.