Five years ago, Blake Butler, director of the N.C. Industrial Hemp Association, founded HempX Asheville, an event offering hemp-related networking and educational opportunities along with music, vendors and more.
HempX 2018 happens Friday-Saturday, Sept. 21-22, at Franny’s Farm in Leicester. Owner Frances Tacy was the first woman to grow hemp in North Carolina and is set to open Franny’s Farmacy, a retail business collaborative featuring locally grown, processed and packaged hemp products, at 211 Ave. Merrimon Ave. this month.
This year’s HempX includes discussion panels and seminars on everything from hemp laws to textiles to soil science. Tickets are $25-$200; visit hempxasheville.com. Details on Franny’s Farmacy are available at frannysfarmacy.com.