Event on 2017-03-30 16:30:00
Workshop Title: Hemp Basics/Hemp 101 Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 (*Rescheduled*) Time: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Location: Common Ground High School and Urban Farm, 358 Springside Avenue, New Haven CT. 06515 *Light refreshments served* Program Summary: Please join us an evening workshop and panel presentation on the shrt-term and long-term benefits of industrial hemp production. This event is open to the public. Topics for the workshop, conducted in the first half of the morning, will include: Contemporary uses of hemp How hemp is distinguishable from marijuana and other cannabis-derived products Current legal issues and hurdles surrounding hemp cultivation in New England Hemp cultivation techniques employed regionally and nationally The future of industrial hemp Plenary Speaker/Lead Speaker Mike Lewis – The Growing Warriors Project Invited Panel Speakers Nelson Guerrero – Cannabis Cultural Association (New York) Mike Lewis – The Growing Warriors Project (Kentucky) Laura Beohner – Women Grow Boston (Massachusetts) Joel Berard – Vermont Hemp Company John Dvorak, Hempologist Light refreshments are included in the cost of registration. If you have any food allergies or preferences or have any additonal accomodations (ex. sign language interpreter) in order to acccess this event, please contact Michelle Bicking at firstname.lastname@example.org. About Your Panel Members: Nelson Guerrero/The Cannabis Cultural Associaton Nelson Guerrero is a first generation Ecuadorian-American. He is a City University of New York, Lehman College Graduate Class of 2013 in Business Administration and Marketing. After graduation he started NanoTechnostics Inc. a biomedical company that won People's Choice at the New York State Business Plan Competition and took part in the prestigious LI Comets Accelerator program in Huntington Long Island. Post Nanotechnostics Inc., Nelson has held leadership roles for SDN Design an Architectural firm as Project Manager, as well as leading Business Development and Sales for RevPoint Media a lead generation company. This year Nelson cofounded the Cannabis Cultural Association, a non-profit dedicated to help underrepresented communities in the legal cannabis/hemp industry, by providing informational workshops, cultural programs, and community events with an emphasis on issues disproportionately affecting communities of color: access to medical cannabis, adult use legalization, and criminal justice reform. Joel Berard/Vermont Hemp Company The Vermont Hemp Company was founded with the vision of purpose of developing a new agricultural paradigm based upon hemp. With a network of expertise including academic research partners, farmer-partners, legal specialists, engineers and students, the VTHCo is strategically positioned at the juncture of policy and soil. The principal of the Vermont Hemp Company, Joel T Bedard, has been advocating for Cannabis for over 3 decades and has gained regional and national notoriety for his efforts. An alumnus of UVM, Joel has taken to the task of obtaining full federal regulatory compliance with regards to hemp research and propogation. This distinction is unique in the USA, as the Vermont HempCo is one of few private business entities to have research protocols registered with the DEA’s Springfield, VA laboratory. In addition to the research, The VTHempCo has successfully placed Vermont-grown organic hemp into the local retail market in New England and continues to work towards an inclusive, distributed model for a new hemp industry. Mike Lewis/The Growing Warriors Project Since 2009, Michael Lewis has been a busy man. From becoming a husband and father to contributing as a Kentucky Proud farmer who is a Veteran of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, he has proven how invaluable honorable service can be. He began full-time farming in 2010 and, after supporting local farmer’s market and community supported agriculture efforts throughout 2011, founded America's first Veteran Oriented food security organization, The Growing Warriors Project, in 2012. Growing Warriors, which has helped over 65 veteran families grow more than 18,000 pounds of organic food, exists to equip, assist, and train our nation's military veterans in agriculture production for themselves, their families, and the nation. In 2013, Michael was a celebrated recipient of Kentucky’s Local Food Hero Award, an honor granted by Seed Capital Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to exceptional individuals who promote local, farm-fresh food grown in Kentucky. Chosen from supporters who cast almost 2,600 votes, Michael stands out among 1,450 of his fellow Kentucky farmers for agricultural contributions he’s worked tirelessly for over the past several years, giving so many access to Kentucky-grown food straight from the farm. He has also served as a member of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp commission and, with the help of fellow veterans, operates America’s first federally permitted Industrial Hemp farm since 1934. As a founding partner of Freedom Seed and Feed, Lewis and his team have worked tirelessly to bring stable and certified hemp seed varieties to American Farmers. At the close of 2014, Yahoo lauded Michael as one of eight people who “Made our World a Better Place,” touting his efforts with Growing Warriors and its movement to promote projects across multiple states. In 2015, in recognition of his efforts to bring economic opportunities to rural communities across the country, Lewis was awarded the prestigious “Wendell Berry New Agrarian Award”. Compassionate and unfaltering, Michael’s impact is undeniable—even a brief conversation will show that his vision is contagious and will, as we work together, bring about the growth and change that Kentucky, the U.S., and our good green Earth so markedly needs. Laura Beohner/Women Grow Boston Laura has been a patient for over 4 years, and feels a deep passion for cannabis’ many uses. As a budding entrepreneur, she is using her business experience combined with her experience as a patient, to help entrepreneurs in both the medicinal and recreational markets as a consultant on branding, business fundamentals, strategy, marketing, and social media. Laura is also currently working on an informative book about cannabis geared towards older generations. She graduated cum laude from Northeastern University’s D’Amore McKim School of Business with a double concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. In addition, she attended and graduated from the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis. John Dvorak, Hempologist Hempologist John Dvorak has studied cannabis hemp and its prohibition for more than 25 years. He brings his unique style of anti-prohibition activism to radio & television programs, student groups,medical marijuana conferences, hemp festivals and legalization rallies. JD created the Cannabis Curriculum to encourage research into the beneficial aspects of industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis and the devastating effects that marijuana prohibition has on society. HisTraveling Hemp Museum includes raw materials, artifacts and finished products made from hemp. His website,Hempology.Org, contains many articles and images that highlight hemp's rich history. He created 3 lectures for Oregon State University’s online Industrial Hemp course and is a long time member of the Hemp Industries Association. Since 1996, JD has written articles for The Journal of the International Hemp Association, Hemp Magazine, Hemp Times, Hempworld,Hemphasis, The Hemp Commerce and Farming Report, Hemp Lifestyle Magazine, The Boston Phoenix, 1000 Watts Magazine, Ladybud Magazine, Wicked Good Fahmah, and Dig Boston. About Your Panel Facilitator: Your faciltator for the panel presentation will be Kristin L. Jordan, Esq of the New York-based law firm Newman Ferrara. Mrs. Jordan — Chair of the firm's emerging Cannabis Practice Group — has over 18 years of real estate, state licensing, and governmental regulatory experience, and has successfully represented clients before the New York State Liquor Authority, Environmental Control Board and New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. She has served as counsel to World Yacht, Circle Line, Patroon, Hogs & Heifers, Butterfield 81, Via Quadronno, Smoke Jazz Club, Cablevision, and Radio City Music Hall, in addition to numerous owners, developers and tenants. Prior to joining the firm, Kristin served as a Real Estate Director for several corporate and retail real estate departments where she sourced deals, prepared financial modeling, executed transaction requirements and managed office, retail and call center portfolios for Morgan Stanley, Kaplan, Inc., Town Sports International, and SoulCycle. Kristin received her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at Albany and her law degree from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law. She was a Professor Willie L. Moore Summer Fellow during her studies at Cambridge University at Emmanuel College in the UK. She is currently an active member of the New York County Lawyer's Association (Co-Chair of Real Property Committee), Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, Asian Real Estate Professional Association, National Cannabis Bar Assocation, Women Grow, Cannabis & Hemp Association and High NY. For more information about the Newman Ferrara please visit: http://www.nfllp.com/ Questions? Interested in joining our panel? Please contact Michelle LouiseBicking at email@example.com. On behalf of us all at Hidden Acres Farm, Inc., thank you in advance for registering!
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