Fruit and Berry Production Workshop




Urban Growers Series: Summer Workshop


Urban Growers Series: Summer Workshop

Hemp History in the Holler: June 10th – 11th, 2016

Hemp History in the Holler –  a unique ‘hands on” hemp experience on Healing Ground Farm in Livingston, Kentucky on June 10-11th. Set in a natural, laid-back environment – the farm is an ideal setting for hemp learning and networking.  With a casual dress code for all events (boots/tennis shoes encouraged) and featuring hemp experts from Kentucky and across the country. The weekend includes two events – Friday night’s Hemp History Tribute Dinner and Saturday’s “Hands on Hemp” Experience. Both events are presented by New Earth Hemp Solutions, HempX, and Healing Ground Farm. All proceeds benefit the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation & Growing Warriors.

Click the links below to Purchase Your Tickets
TRIBUTE DINNER – $50 per person (details below)
HANDS ON HEMP  – $30 per person (details below)
Click here for Veterans/Student tickets @ $15 per person
(Save $5) COMBO TICKETS – $75 per person

Where is Livingston, KY ?    Click here for Google Map -Livingston is located on US 25 between I-75 Exits 59 and 49.
What are my options for accommodations ?  We recommend the National Heritage Inn  &  Days Inn – Renfro Valley
Where do I park ? Parking for both events is located is in Livingston – we will provide shuttle service to/from the farm. You will receive a welcome packet via email with a map and more information.
Still have questions ? Please email us at



Join industry leaders for a beautiful evening under the big tent atHealing Ground Farm for drinks, networking, a hemp infused dinner, some hemp history, and an intimate live concert experience with Kentucky born cellist and composer Ben Sollee.

Before dinner, a special presentation from Annie Rouse, Rhodes Scholar and founder of the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation – with original images and video from Arthur Rouse (videographer from the documentary “Hempsters”); including that pivotal moment in hemp history when Woody Harrelson planted four hemp seeds in Beattyville, Kentucky

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to network and connect with local and out of state hemp industry leaders, including:

Eric Steenstra, Co-Founder of Vote Hemp, Executive Director of the National Hemp Industries Association
Mike Lewis, First legal hemp grower in the U.S., educator, farmer, hemp pioneer
Rick Trojan, Hemp entrepreneur, Colorado hemp farm owner, CBD product company
Michael Bowman, Board Chair of the National Hemp Association, Environmental activist
Craig Lee, Hemp Activist and national hemp pioneer, featured in Hempsters Plant A Seed, partnered with Rock Hemp on a variety of projects
Colleen Keahey, Founder and President of TN HIA, National Outreach Coordinator for Vote Hemp
Annie Rouse, Rhodes Scholar, founder and President of Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation
Coach Freddie Cecchinni, Founder of Virgin Islands HIA, Founder and President of iHemp Revolution

Proceeds from the Tribute Dinner benefit the Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation &
Growing Warriors.

We want you to relax and completely enjoy your evening, so we will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the Tribute dinner from:

Days Inn – Renfro Valley

National Heritage Inn


Wholesaling the best indoor and outdoor gardening products through authorized retail dealers since 1995.  

Wholesaling the best indoor and outdoor gardening products through authorized retail dealers since 1995.

     You want the best nutrients for your garden, Emerald              Harvest equals hydroponics with guaranteed results.  

     You want the best nutrients for your garden, Emerald              Harvest equals hydroponics with guaranteed results.

Next Light is a leader in the full spectrum, LED lighting industry. They are currently being used in successful industrial hemp CBD projects here in Kentucky. Come fine out why Next Light is considered “most impressive” by one of Kentucky’s largest hemp clone farmers.


Proven leaders in the agricultural industry, specializing in soil inoculants and 25B exempt pest and fungus solutions.


To support the growth and development of all aspects of the industrial hemp industry.

To support the growth and development of all aspects of the industrial hemp industry.

Hydrodynamics International offers the best horticultural products and technologies that have been proven to improve the quality and increase the yields of your favorite vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

11:00AM – 6:00PM

Ready to get your hands dirty and brake some hemp? With six workshops, an Outdoor Expo, complimentary BBQ lunch, live music, hemp hikes, story tents and so much more. There is no other “hands on” hemp event experience like it in the country.


PLANTING – Spend time with two of the first American farmers to grow hemp again, Rick Trojan and Mike Lewis, for a practical demonstration and discussion on the planting and cultivation of this historic crop.

BREAKING – While most consider breaking hemp an art of the past, it is a common task on a working hemp farm. Join our artisans in hand processing stalks into fibers as you learn how the earliest textiles were constructed.

PAPER MAKING – Elishewa Shalom, founder of Artisan Hemp, will lead a comprehensive demonstration on the process of making hemp paper. She will offer insight into best practices and the diversity of hemp fibers used.

BUILDING – Learn tips and techniques Leif Erickson has developed over the years of building structures with hemp. This workshop is practical, not technical – be prepared to get your hands dirty!

DISTILLING – The beauty of scent and medicinal properties of plants have been linked through the centuries. There are multiple ways for accessing the aromatic oils from plant material, This workshop will include a discussion of the equipment used and the traditional distillation process.

LIGHTING – Sunlight Supply is the largest and most experienced supplier of horticulture, organics, hydroponics, and lighting supplies – learn more from their team about the lighting required to grow a successful hemp crop indoors.

We are proud to offer a limited number of tickets for
Veterans and Students at $15 per ticket

Dinner/Hemp Experience Combo Tickets
There are a limited number of combination tickets for both the Tribute Dinner and the Hands on Hemp Experience. Combo tickets are $75 per person

From 11am to 6pm, visit with all of our VIP Vendors below


Hemp Activist and national hemp pioneer, featured in Hempsters Plant A Seed. Help Craig Lee launch his historic Rock Hemp poster, right here in the holler.


You have heard the speeches from the podium, now hear the “stories” behind the story from some true hemp heroes.
Beginning at 4pm.

Take a hike through the hemp fields with Craig Lee, Mike Lewis and Rick Trojan. Beginning at 4pm.

Live music in the afternoon with Americana songstress Jane Kramer

June “Third Thursday Thing” Workshop: Aquaculture



“Third Thursday Thing”:  A Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series

June 16, 2016

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm

1525 Mills Lane l   Frankfort, Kentucky

(502) 597-6325

Dr. Marion Simon, State Specialist, Small Farm and Part-time Farmers

E-mail address:

College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems

Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm, Center for the Sustainability of Farms and Families

1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY (4 miles south of I-64, off US 127)

Directions:  From I-64 Exit 53, take US127 South toward Lawrenceburg to the 4th stoplight, turn left onto Mills Lane, the KSU Farm is 1 ½ miles on the right.

Aquaculture and Resilient Agriculture

10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome – Dr. Marion Simon & Dr. James Tidwell (Dr. Bob Durborow, moderating)
10:15 – 10:40 am Largemouth Bass – Mr. Shawn Coyle and Aquaponics – Ms. Janelle Hager
10:40 – 11:05 am Education Outreach at High Schools – Mr. Ken Thompson
10:30 – 12:00 pm Building on the Family Farm Into the Future – Resilient Agriculture

(this is a separate session in another room for those interested)

11:05 – 11:30 am Intensive Production of 1st Year Paddlefish on Feed – Dr. Ken Semmens
11:30 – 11:55 am Koi and Koi x Goldfish Hybrids: Production & Genetics – Dr. Boris Gomelsky
12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 1:30 pm Freshwater Mussels in Kentucky – Ms. Lesley Sneed
1:30 – 1:45 pm Local Marketing of Fish and Crustaceans in Kentucky – Mr. Richard Bryant
1:45 – 2:00 pm Market Fish – Mr. Michael Tierney
2:00 – 2:15 pm Catfish Production, Live Hauling, & Fee Fishing – Mr. Forrest Wynne
2:15 – 2:30 pm Fish disease Diagnostic Laboratory – Mr. John Kelso
2:30 – 2:45 pm Marine Shrimp Research – Dr. Andrew Ray
2:45 – 3:00 pm Fish Nutrition Research – Dr. Waldemar Rossi
3:00 – 3:15 pm Undergraduates’ Involvement in Aquaculture – Mr. Christopher Lyvers

PLEASE NOTE:  The next Third Thursday Thing will be July 21, 2016 on Pastured Poultry.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension System serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital or familial status. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work Act of September 29, 1977, in cooperation with the U.S.

Department of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Program, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky.