The national hemp industry is growing and Vermont remains one of seventeen states where hemp cultivation is legal under state law. Forbes recently reported that the CBD hemp market is estimated to grow 700% by 2020. That’s not counting hemp oil fuels, plastics, food products, paper, fabric, building materials and other markets to do with agricultural hemp.
Because of the surge in agricultural hemp and product interest in Vermont, the state is producing the first annual Vermont Hemp Fest at Burke Mountain, a day-long event that provides educational resources and community connections for those with an interest in agricultural hemp in Vermont.
Vermont Hemp Fest sponsors include: The University of Vermont Agricultural Extension, Ceres Natural Remedies, the Vermont Hemp Company, Humble Roots Horticulture and the PhytoScience Institute. Media partners include Front Porch Forum.
There’s a pre-registration party on September 8 with live music. Exhibitor displays and workshops will take place on September 9 in the Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center.
The event will also include a business pitch competition that will feature five final teams/individuals giving ten minute pitches to judges who will select a winner to receive a $1000 cash prize along with over $2000 in in-kind support.
Panel session presenters will share practical information for Vermont landowners and farmers and answer questions about planting, cultivating, and harvesting hemp in Vermont. Ceres PM will lead a ‘CBD 101’ workshop to discuss the current possible uses for ‘cannabidiol’, a non-psychoactive compound that has been used increasingly for general wellness.
After the exhibitions and workshops, you’ll find live music at the Burke Mountain Hotel, as well as outdoor fire pits. The weekend wraps up with a Sunday breakfast and outdoor activities in beautiful fall foliage.
Festival organizers want to stress that Hemp Fest is “Completely independent of medical and adult-use marijuana...”