Farm Aid 2016 Hemp Paper 101 Workshop

Fall greetings to you! On September 17th, 2016 on a beautiful full Harvest Moon, the 31st Farm Aid took place in Bristow, VA. I was honored to teach a hemp papermaking 101 class in the Homegrown skills tent and had a hemp table display all day, educating festival-goers on the wonders of hemp. Next door in the Homegrown Village, my friends at Growing Warriors and the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition had great displays full of hemp goodies. Growing Warriors brought retted hemp stalks and a decorticator and were showing people the decorticating (“hemp breaking”) process all day. It was a great experience being able to spread the word about hemp paper to people who truly value farming and a sustainable future for all. During the hemp papermaking 101 class, it was an honor to have my friend, Mike Lewis, of Growing Warriors give a brief explanation of retting and decorticating. Here are some photos – enjoy! (My phone died right after Dave Matthews’ set – then I was enjoying Neil Young sing Harvest Moon, and of course rockin out to Willie to end the night.. #rollmeupandsmokemewhenidie

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