An ever-increasing interest in hemp’s medicinal and culinary applications is giving rise to new partnerships.
New Belgium’s Hemperor is Asheville’s most widely-available hemp beer, but isn’t the first to emerge from the local brewing scene.
Last year, a handful of area farmers planted the first hemp crops to be grown legally in Western North Carolina in over 70 years. That first crop was plagued by delays introduced by regulators at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who held up shipments of seeds and seedlings, leading to a late start. Growers expect a smoother process for the 2018 growing season.
Procedural delays introduced by state and federal regulators nearly ran out the clock on the 2017 planting season, but growers have managed to get hemp plants and seeds in local dirt for the first time in 70 years. Hemp entrepreneurs say they hope the crop will prove a boon for WNC farmers and natural products manufacturers.
Hemp cheese ravioli, a vegan cheesecake with hemp crust and a dreamsicle—a kind of Creamsicle with a hemp twist—are all on this year’s menu for A Taste of Hemp.
Since legislation allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp passed into law last year, local farmers and entrepreneurs have been working to explore how the crop can contribute to Western North Carolina’s economy.
From the infamous Sketch-ville comment to the “Welcome to Lovetown” billboard, Asheville’s had some interesting moments over the course of 2015. Here’s a look at the top 10 most-viewed stories of 2015 on the Mountain Xpress website.
North Carolina is just one signature away from taking advantage of a 2014 Farm Bill provision that allows states to enact their own hemp-growing pilot programs.
Black Mountain’s Lookout Brewing has collaborated with Hi-Wire Brewing and Urban Orchard Cider to create a small-batch, short-release hemp-seed oil brew in support of a documentary made by local filmmakers about industrialized hemp. The beer will be available at a special screening of the movie, Bringing It Home, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17.
What comes to mind when you think about hemp? The organizers and participants in Hemp History Week aim to change common misconceptions with a national campaign focusing on the beneficial aspects of industrial hemp crops.