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Hemp History Week Storytelling

Upper Valley Food Co-op, 193 North Main St.
White River Junction, VT

Hemp Storytelling on Wed, June 3rd in White River Junction:
Rural Vermont & the Upper Valley Food Co-op Host “Hemp History Week” Event

The sixth annual Hemp History Week is planned for June 1-7 of this year, and Rural Vermont and the Upper Valley Food Co-op are partnering to host a Hemp Storytelling event on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Upper Valley Food Co-op in White River Junction. Join us for hemp-themed snacks, stories, and discussion about hemp legislation, cultivation, and productionin Vermont and beyond. This event is free and will offer something for everyone from the curious hemp novice to the serious hemp advocate.

It’s an exciting time for hemp! It’s growing in popularity as the benefits it can offer to our farmers, our economy, and our planet are becoming more widely known. This event will both celebrate hemp’s progress at the state and national level, and expose the barriers that are preventing farmers from getting seeds in the ground (and even in their hands!).

Eric Lineback of Vote Hemp will join us to share the story of the re-emergence of the modern hemp industry, as well as discuss the 2014 Farm Bill and the additional work that's needed at the federal level to fully and truly reap the benefits of hemp production in Vermont and across the country. 

Rural Vermont will share the slice of hemp history that is unique to Vermont – since 2008, Rural Vermont has been advocating, with a good deal of success, to get Vermont well-positioned to take advantage of hemp production just as soon as the federal policy changes, in addition to supporting several institutions in their recent efforts to source hemp seeds for research purposes.

And Robin Alberti and Ken Manfreddi of the recently-formed Vermont chapter of the Hemp Industries Association will share their story about what prompted them to create a Vermont chapter of the Hemp Industries Association and how they envision the hemp industry changing and growing as Vermont-based production becomes a reality.

If you’ve got your own hemp story to share, please bring it along! Following the stories, there will be lively discussion about this nutritious, versatile, and eco-friendly crop, and the opportunity to learn more about the outdated federal policies that are standing in the way of hemp’s rebirth in Vermont and beyond. Find out what you can do and how you can support efforts to change these policies to more accurately reflect today’s reality and bring hemp back to American soils.

Since 1985, Rural Vermont has been amplifying the voices of farmers and advocating for a fair food system. Through education, organizing, and advocacy, they work to create scale-appropriate, commonsense public policy that helps rather than hurts our family farms and preserves Vermont’s cultural heritage of neighbors feeding neighbors. For more info, visit www.ruralvermont.org or call (802) 223-7222.

 

The Upper Valley Food Co-op is an independent, cooperatively-owned grocery store dedicated to healthy and sustainable practices and supporting the local economy. They foster community resilience through informational and reskilling workshops and classes offered for both kids and adults. Find out more at http://www.uppervalleyfood.coop or call (802) 295-5804.

Hemp History Week, June 1-7, 2015, is an industry-wide initiative of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp. The HIA is a non-profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers, farmers, and supporters. Vote Hemp is a national, single-issue, non-profit advocacy group founded in 2000 by members of the hemp industry to remove barriers to industrial hemp farming in the U.S. through education, legislation, and advocacy. For further information, please visit www.theHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com.