Meet Kelby Walsh, Extractor and Material Coordinator. Kel comes to us from the Land of Lincoln, trading in corn stalks for mountain tops. He is what the folks of central Illinois would call “a good ol’ boy”; Never one to shy away from getting his hands dirty and always puts his whole heart (and back) into everything he does.
Kelby graduated from Athens High School before going on to take a collision repair program at a trade school. His resume shows him to be a guy who is no stranger to hard work. Right out of high school, he worked as a corrections officer for five years. During this time, he was injured on the job. The incident resulted in permanent nerve damage that ended up playing a major role in his interest in cannabis.
After two years of failed treatments and many horrible side effects from medications, I started to investigate cannabis and how it may help with my pain relief. Finding cannabis changed my life in many incredible ways and I was instantly fascinated by all the wondrous properties that the cannabis plant holds.
Following his time as a corrections officer, Kelby worked in flooring installation, roofing, and monument installation before landing a job as a bouncer and bartender at Floyd’s Thirst Parlor in Springfield. Like many others at Extract Labs, Kelby made the transition from alcohol to hemp in search of a way to help others be well.
I personally believe that hemp can change the world! From its many medicinal uses, to all the amazing products that can be produced from hemp. My focus in making my way into the cannabis industry was to be involved in plant extraction and refinement.
Q&A With Kelby
Q: What is your favorite Extract Labs product?
A: A tie between the muscle cream and the lip balm!
Q: Name a book that had a major impact on you.
A: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Q: What’s the best thing you’ve ever watched on Netflix?
A: I enjoy Seven Deadly Sins, Escanor the Lion Sin of Pride resonates with me.
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to start working in the hemp industry?
A: I would have different advice depending on what that person wanted to do inside the industry itself, but general advice would be to set your goal and work as hard as you can to make it happen!