New legislation that went into effect on July 1 makes it easier to experiment with growing hemp in Vermont. A one-week immersion course focused on the entrepreneurial pursuit of growing and making value-added products from this Cannabidiol-rich plant is being offered through the School of the New American Farmstead, Sterling College’s continuing education program. Healing Hemp: Cannabidiol from Field to Product runs August 13-17 at Sterling’s campus in Craftsbury Common with instructor and Sterling alumnus Kyle Gruter-Curham ‘09 of Creek Valley Cannabidiol.

Cannabidiol (CBD) products are rapidly gaining a reputation for their health and healing properties as well as for being profitable for farmers. “This class will be valuable to people looking to get into CBD, whether they are looking to grow it or make products out of it,” said Gruter-Curham. “I look forward to sharing the knowledge and skills I have learned over many years in the industry. This class will also provide opportunities to hear from and network with some of Vermont’s finest in the business.”

Guest speakers include Eli Harrington of Heady Vermont, Erica Kawka from the Phytoscience Institute, and Will Read from CannaPlanners. Topics covered include history of the hemp plant, legal history and current standing in Vermont and abroad, CBD components, the science of CBD, genetics and selection, basics of growing hemp, CBD preservation techniques, value-added CBD products, branding, marketing and economics of the CBD industry. Participants will also visit Gruter-Curham’s farm for hands-on demonstrations in the field and processing kitchen.

The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF) is Sterling College’s continuing education program, which presents agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs and craftspeople ways to hone valuable skills while adhering to the College’s principles of environmental stewardship and experiential learning.

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