Since the Farm Bill was signed into law last December, farmers have been entering the hemp growing business in droves. In Midcoast Maine, where the economics of farming have made it challenging to stay in traditional crops and animal production, hemp has shown potential to keep farmers in business, or to diversify and strengthen their operations. Industrial hemp offers the possibility of producing multiple products, from fiber and biomass to CBD oil, which is extracted from hemp plants and does not produce a high. It is marketed for everything from pain relief to reducing inflammation and stress and is sold in products from topical oils to pet food and granola.
If you would like to learn about how Maine farmers are getting into hemp growing and exploring the economic possibilities of the crop, please join us for a fascinating evening discussing the topic. We will have Midcoast farmer Susan Hunter presenting her first year of setting up her farm for growing organic hemp and harvesting her first crop, along with a slide show of the whole season’s work. She’ll talk about the practical aspects of starting up with investors who are partners in the operation, as well as the ins and outs of creating infrastructure including a greenhouse, irrigation, and compost tea to use on the crops. Finding markets for hemp products such as fiber and CBD oil will be discussed. The talk will also include a roundtable of expert growers to add to our conversation, and is part of Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Annual Dinner. Cost for dinner and the event is only $10 and supports the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Waldo County Tech Center’s culinary training program.
Join us Friday, October 25th at 6pm, at the Waldo County Tech Center Café, on Route 137 in Waldo.
The talk will follow an Annual Dinner offered by Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Friday, October 25, Dinner 6pm, Talk at 6:30.
Waldo County Technical Center, Route 137, Waldo, ME Map
Cost $10. Dinner Provided by WCTC Culinary Arts Program.