Hemp History Week: June 2-8

What is Hemp?

Hemp is the distinct oilseed and fiber varieties of the plant species Cannabis sativa L. It is a tall, slender, fibrous plant that has been cultivated worldwide for over 10,000 years. It is important to note that hemp has no drug value. Hemp seed contains little to no measurable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in drug varieties of Cannabis. Using hemp products will not cause a false positive drug test.

A low-impact agricultural product, hemp is a renewable resource that can be grown without pesticides or agricultural chemicals.

A nutrition powerhouse, hemp is also an environmentally sustainable solution for potentially thousands of products ranging from body care to plastics, paper, textiles, building materials and even ethanol. With a rapidly expanding market for hemp products, cultivating hemp is an untapped opportunity for American farmers.

Did You Know?

  • Industrial hemp has been grown in the U.S. since the first European settlers arrived in early 1600′s.
  • The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper
  • George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams all grew hemp and actively advocated for commercial hemp production.
  • Hemp was a staple crop of 1800′s American agriculture, reflected in town names like “Hempfield” and “Hempstead.”
  • Hemp was handled by the U.S. government like any other agricultural crop. More than 150,000 acres of hemp were cultivated as a part of the USDA’s “Hemp for Victory” program during WWII.
  • America is one of the only industrialized nations to federally prohibit industrial hemp farming.

5th Annual Hemp History Week   June 2-8, 2014

Vote Hemp

Rural Vermont Agricultural Hemp Campaign

 

Upcoming Events: June

hemp posterJune 2 through June 8 is Hemp History Week. On Wednesday, June 4th come hear from Robb Kidd of Rural Vermont. He will host a hemp info forum in the gathering room from 5:30 to 7:45.

Swing by on Friday, June 6th for our First Friday event. Members of the Board of Directors will be in attendance to talk to you, answer questions and find out if you have a skillset to offer and an interest in joining the board. Lisa Johnson will be here as well serving up her Yummy Yammy products. Miranda Moody Miller is our musical guest. Come out on Friday and get a 5% discount on purchases made between 4 and 6:30pm!

Saturday, June 21st is our Solstice/Anniversary Celebration! Come by and join in our cookout from 11 to 1. We will have samples and vendors in-store as well as demonstrations and food outside. 5% discount when you present this coupon.

This is our last full month of classes at the Sew-op. Check out the offerings: Pajama Pants, Draft Your Own Skirt, Tech Gadget Sleeves, Kids’ Classes and Open Hours. Look for offering on our Community Calendar.

Please note that the UVFC Library is closed beginning in June. We are tackling some renovations and will be opening the upstairs in September with a wonderful teaching facility and meeting space.

Happy June!

VCGN Grow-It! Workshop

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Charlie Nardozzi giving us tips on soil testing.

The White River Community Garden is slowly coming to life as more and more plots are being covered with compost mulch. In preparation for the full bloom of spring, the UVFC Education and Outreach team attended the VCGN Grow-it! Workshop in Woodstock. The Vermont Community Garden Network is an organization that works to connect community gardens throughout Vermont. Their focus is on the operational side of a garden, training garden leaders, funding garden projects, working to connect youth to growing their own food and advocating for fair and just community-based food systems. 

 

The Grow-It! workshops include fun activities. This past week the participants learned how to distinguish the different components of soil using a simple technique involving a mason jar and a bit of time. Charlie Nardozzi is a partner with the VCGN and he helps to facilitate the workshops bringing practical methods to use in the garden. Charlie lends his expertise and humor to the experience making it a fun time for all.

 

The spring workshops with VCGN are done, but if you’re interested in getting more involved with your garden, talk to your garden organizer about attending one of the fall workshops. And keep an eye out for what’s happening at the White River Community Garden! Workshops and farm tours can be found on the google calendar on the Education page or here.

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Productive breakout group discussing challenges and solutions for Community Gardens.

Why do you buy Fair Trade?

May 10th was World Fair Trade Day. Fair Trade is one of those categories important to us, right up there with Local, Non-GMO Verified and Organic. Below are some companies who are doing their best to tread lightly.

Equal Exchange

Following the Cooperative Model

“In 1986, Equal Exchange was founded to challenge the existing trade model, which favors large plantations, agri-business, and multi-national corporations; support small farmers; and connect consumers and producers through information, education, and the exchange of products in the marketplace. With our founding, we joined a growing movement of small farmers, alternative traders (ATOs), religious organizations, and non-profits throughout the world with like-minded principles and objectives. Underlying our work is the belief that only through organization, can small farmers survive and thrive. The cooperative model has been essential for building this model of change.”

 

Maggie’s Functional Organics

Supply Chain Transparency

Maggie’s Functional Organics puts a real focus on transparency throughout their supply chain. For every item that Maggie’s sells, you can look up where the cotton was grown and where the item was made, and to what Fair Trade standards. That kind of transparency is what makes good business, and what makes the Fair Trade label mean something.

 

Dr. Bronner’s Magical “All-One!”

Supporting Communities

“In 2006, Dr. Bronner’s committed to sourcing our major raw materials from certified Fair Trade and organic projects around the world that ensure fair prices, living wages and community benefits for farmers, workers and their families. Now, when you purchase Dr. Bronner’s products, you are supporting these more just and vibrant producer communities around the world.”

World Fair Trade Day! Saturday May 10th!

wftd_logo_withdateJoin us this May 10 as we celebrate World Fair Trade Day. When you choose a product from committed fair trade brands like Alaffia, Alter Eco, Canaan Fair Trade, Divine Chocolate, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Equal Exchange, Farmer Direct Co-operative, Guayaki Yerba Mate and Maggie’s Organics, each fair trade product you choose supports:

  • Long-term direct trading relationships
  • Prompt payment of fair prices and wages
  • No child, forced or otherwise exploited labor
  • Workplace non-discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association
  • Safe working conditions and reasonable work hours
  • Investment in community development projects
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Traceability and transparency

Your purchase has power. Learn which of your favorite products are fair trade. Choose them with pride on World Fair Trade Day and throughout the year.

What is World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day is an annual global celebration occurring each May. Celebrations bring consumers and businesses, nonprofit organizations, churches, student groups, and advocates together to host thousands of events worldwide. This year, World Fair Trade Day is May 10.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a social movement and market model that aims to empower small-scale farmers and workers in underdeveloped countries to create an alternative trading system that supports equitable trading, sustainable development and long-term trading relationships. Fair trade supports fair prices and wages for producers, safe working conditions, investment in community development projects, and the elimination of child labor, workplace discrimination and exploitation.

 

We will have a free raffle on Saturday, May 10th. You can win assorted Fair Trade items! Come on in to the Co-op!

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