Since 2015, HempX Asheville has been bringing together farmers, artists, crafters, and entrepreneurs to explore the diverse opportunities in industrial hemp. Staged the last two years at Highland Brewing Company, this year the festival has a new home at Franny's Farm in Leceister, NC and will be held September 22-23rd.
HempX Asheville focuses in on "hands on" workshops and experiences so each attendee will be introduced to the multiple applications and uses of industrial hemp. Franny's Farm, will be harvesting their two acres of hemp for fiber a few weeks before the festival, so a walk to the hemp field, time on the brake, pounding the pulp for paper, and using hemp yarns for weaving, will bring the story of "from seed to plant to processing to product"to life. With the best vendors, self guided eco tours, on-site camping, and live music at night to complement, there is no other hemp-centric experience like HempX Asheville in the South.
THE HEMPX SCHEDULE
Friday, September 22nd
Welcome Reception/Dinner 6-9pm ($25.00)
"A Taste of Hemp" - Enjoy hemp-infused cocktails from The BLOCK off Biltmore, small bites from The Southern, and a main course from Jeff Rhino and his cooking road show from South Carolina. Please dress casual and comfortable and visit the VIP vendors that will already be set up on the farm.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
Vendors Open 11am-7pm
Get a head start and come early to visit with all those vendors and organizations at HempX Asheville. The vendor tents will be open throughout the entire day.
The HempX Experience 12-5pm ($25.00)
All workshops, demos, and panels (see next section) will be held @Franny's Farm. The afternoon schedule allows everyone plenty of time to take the self guided Farm Tour and take a peek at a working hemp field. Now that NC's industrial hemp pilot program is underway, we are adding more panels and discussions with hemp farmers from NC & KY. There will be some walking involved and expect to get a little dirty. Be sure to dress casual and comfortable, wear the right shoes, and bring a water bottle. After registration, you will receive your designated workshop schedule via email in August. There will be a food truck on site (12-8pm), plenty of water refill stations, and hemp-infused free samples throughout the day.
5-6pm - The Activist Hour featuring Hemp activist and Kentucky legend Craig Lee
7pm - The Concert - Jane Kramer with Free Planet Radio & Billy Cardine
This concert is included with every $25 Saturday ticket and we are selling a limited number of tickets for the concert for $12 here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association and their support of hemp farmers across NC.
Friday Night Welcome Dinner - $25.00
Saturday Workshops and Demos - $25.00
2 Night Camping Combo- $100.00 1 Night Camping Combo - $50.00
Jane Kramer with Free Planet Radio & Billy Cardine
- $12.00 (this concert is included with Saturday ticket/weekend combos)
We have assembled the best experts and artisans to lead our workshops and demos. From paper making to hemp breaking to weaving to soil science and planting, if you are ready to learn, workshops are for you. In addition, Saturday's activities include a CBD Roundtable, an interactive panel of "first time hemp planting" farmers in NC, and a hempcrete design discussion with Alembic Studio. Below is a preview of some of the workshops included in the Saturday Workshop Ticket. (Thanks to Artisan Hemp and Fiber Farm for use of the images below)
Instruction by Artisan hemp
HEMP BREAKING & RETTING
Presented by KY and TN farmers