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Is hemp an opportunity for market farmers?

publication date: Aug 1, 2019
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How I accidentally became a hemp farmer

I was not planning on growing hemp this year, but when an opportunity fell into my lap I decided to take the plunge. Now that growing hemp is legal in all 50 states, I figure I must not be the only GFM reader trying it this year.

I don’t know how it is in your area, but every time I turn around I hear about another grower trying hemp. Though I just read the other day that my county of Somerset has the largest hemp acreage of any in Maine.

Is hemp a good opportunity for market farmers, or a distraction from growing flowers and vegetables? I had been thinking about this question this past winter. And when the opportunity to actually grow some presented itself, I figured there was no better way to find out than to try it. We had to decide whether to even cover it in GFM, since we usually stick to the topics of vegetable, flower and herb growing. While trying to determine the appropriateness for GFM, we asked ourselves: does hemp plug easily into the systems already established on market farms? Can it augment income and viability on market farms?

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