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Making hemp the future of the northern rivers

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While there have quietly been any number of small scale hemp farmers in this region since the 1970s the Hemp Collective believe that the time is right for the industrial hemp industry is take off in the northern rivers and are looking for local pioneers to come on board. To ensure everyone gets a chance to find out the latest news, ideas and opportunities in hemp they are organising the Hemp Collective Gathering this Saturday at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens.

Industrial Hemp could be one of the largest employment areas in the Northern Rivers Region within the next 1ten years,’ said Dan Atkins and Dylan Wood who are coordinating the gathering.

‘Hemp holds the key to unlocking many new sustainable industries. From food, fibre, medicine, organic batteries, solar panels, graphene, bio-plastics, 3D printing, building materials, energy, fuel, textiles and product manufacturing.

‘The Hemp Collective Gathering is about coming together, sharing knowledge and engaging with members of the community around the possibilities of hemp for the northern rivers.’

Featured discussions and showcases at the event will include: Industrial Hemp Growing experiences, Molecular Hydrogen in agriculture, 3d Printing with Hemp including launch of Hemp Guitar Pick, Health and Wellbeing: H2 and Hemp, Community Gardens – Hemp Demonstration School, Island Vibes – Hemp Education Stall.

It is a free all ages event with a chance to purchase a hemp burger or hemp kombucha to see what all the possibility is about.

For those wishing to get into the hemp industry and/or support local regional jobs creation can contact [email protected].


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