Hemp crop may be boon to Vermont

Girard said Rural Vermont held a public event Wednesday, May 4 at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond, where in conjunction with the 2011 annual meeting, there were hemp displays, hemp giveaways, hemp updates, and opportunities to take action in support of hemp.

Girard encouraged farmers interested in hemp to attend the event and learn about how to plant hemp seeds in Vermont soil.

"Vermont farmers can benefit from the $360 million U.S. hemp products market," he noted.

Girard said hemp activist Bob St. Peter, author of the book "Local Food, Local Rules: Creating Food and Farming Policies that Work for your Community," was the keynote speaker.

Sponsors for Rural Vermont's annual meeting include Way Out Wax, a Morrisville-based candle company that currently sources hemp oil for its candles. Several hemp products will be available as prizes.

Check It Out: Got hemp? If not, visit Rural Vermont's Web site at www.ruralvermont.org. For facts about Vermont businesses using hemp, see the Way Out Wax website at www.wayoutwax.com. For details about attending next week's hemp meeting in Richmond or joining the hemp campaign, call 223-7222.

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