The 6th Annual Hemp History Week is underway, from 1-7 June, a chance for the wallflower of cannabis culture to have her fifteen minutes of fame. Last year’s week was a huge success with over 1,400 events held throughout all 50 states. This year will see over 1,000 hemp-themed events nationwide aimed at boosting the profile of industrial hemp as a potential industry and helping Americans discover the remarkable versatility of the hemp plant. Visit Hemp History Week event page here to see a full list of everything happening in your state.
According to HempHistoryWeek.com, this year’s theme is “Sow the Seed” and nationwide events will “celebrate America’s rich history with industrial hemp before it was outlawed and educate the public about the barriers to hemp farming in the United States; advocate for a federal policy; and, engage consumers by showcasing the range of hemp products available.”
A few highlights:
SOUTH CAROLINA – S.E. Region Hemp Symposium
The state is hosting one of the major events of the week – the S.E. Region Hemp Symposium to be held in Columbia on June 4, 2015, where attendees can learn about hemp legislation, farming techniques, business practices and community involvement. Speakers will include politicians, activists, and entrepreneurs from different sectors of the emerging hemp industry.
CALIFORNIA – New Earth Expo
Coming shortly after Hemp History Week, on Sunday, June 14, 2015, the New Earth Events’ New Earth Expo in San Diego (learn more here) will feature well-known activist “Henry Hemp” who has spent the past seven years on a mission to help “free” the plant and spread the word on the benefits of hemp.
The expo will also screen the documentary Hempsters: Plant the Seed, starring Woody Harrelson, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and a host of farmers, politicians, businessmen, and laypeople uncovering the truth on a plant outcast by society – one which offers real, tangible solutions for a more sustainable planet. The film documents activists during the fight to legalize hemp in the United States and has achieved cult-favorite status among activists and supporters of hemp, inspiring many people to take action.
Among the activists featured is Julia Butterfly Hill, who became famous as the woman who lived in the top of an ancient redwood tree for over 700 days to bring light to deforestation. Hill states: “Why is it that what is good for our bodies, our communities and our planet, are called an alternative? We have to change our language and not allow them to call hemp an alternative. Hemp is the solution!”
Another expo attraction is “The Hemp Zone” an interactive project to educate consumers, inform investors and empower entrepreneurs, showcasing hemp and hemp-related products. The display is sponsored by Hemp, Inc. and is a permanent feature in all of the New Earth Events. Hemp, Inc. invites other vendors interested in exhibiting and those interested in attending to contact Executive Director, Dean Price of New Earth Events.
NEW YORK – Chenango Hemp Forum
The New York Hemp Industries Association will be at the Chenango Hemp Forum, Saturday 6 June, from 10.00 am at the Morrisville Branch Campus, Norwich, featuring guest speaker Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, author of the state Hemp Research Bill.
The Hempire Farm Days at Rodmann Lott & Son Farms Seneca Falls, NY 13148 will feature practical displays for farmers and city slickers can discover hemp food, fabric samples, literature and presentations on June 6th at the East Village Celebration at 9:00 pm in the Community Garden 6B, corner of 6th St. & Ave. B. There will also be a screening of the documentary, Bringing It Home Movie, on June 7th at 8:00 pm.
WASHINGTON – Hemp Info Night and Bringing it Home screening hosted by Seattle Hemp Fest
Join Seattle Hempfest for a FREE info event at New Freeway Hall 5018 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98118 on 7 June at 6.00 p.m. Industry leaders, WA Hemp Industries Association President Joy Beckerman and Seattle Hempfest will discuss facts on industrial hemp law and policy in Washington, the Nation and around the globe. A Q&A session will follow the incredible, award winning hemp documentary Bringing it Home.
Want to build a sustainable shelter with hempcrete? Highland Hemp House conducts classes all year – coming up, you can learn how with Steve Allin, hemp building pioneer, in a three-day intensive Hempcrete Building Workshop at 1010 Highland Drive, Bellingham on 29 June-1 July. Fees and more info here.
COLORADO – First Annual Hemp Farmers’ Market
The First Annual Hemp Farmers’ Market will be held in Denver on Saturday, June 6, at the Greenhouse, 6565 East Evans Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music, food trucks – naturally! – and dozens of hemp-product vendors. The-family friendly event is free to attend.
Greenhouse University is offering its Grow 101: The Basics of Growing Indoors class on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at Grow Space Storage, located at 4985 Colorado Boulevard. The ninety-minute class covers plant biology, lighting and grow systems, and harvest planning. Though the class normally focuses on marijuana, not hemp, the discussion can apply to other cannabis crops grown or started indoors. Learn more here.
CannaCon is coming up on June 11-13 at the Colorado Convention Center. Claiming to be the “world’s largest canna-business marketplace,” the expo, is geared toward cannabis businesses, employees, entrepreneurs and investors, with seminars, guest speakers and product showcases . Tickets range from $50 (one day) to $125 (three days). Learn more here.