May 2018 we'll see the first research planting in Lancaster County Pennsylvania - only 20 years - more pictures to come.
1997 was the first time in the news & here with a real grass roots effort from many different activist and Citizens viable hemp seed was planted for research - 5 acre plots - 13 planted throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I had the honor of seeing it in person and pre planting at Rhodale Institute.
Thanks to especially Senator Folmer for perserving, Senator Judi Schwank - Representative Russ Diamond and many others in the Dept of Agriculture for maintaining common sense - no 10 ft high barb wire fences. Pennsylvania still has a State Store Mentality but people are voicing their opinion and using their voting power to make this happen sooner than later. Self cultivation rights must be restored to individuals to keep in check the greed factor when it comes to control of people and plants.
Our 10th year and I think the last years we've sown a lot of seeds that have taken root. Saturday Senator Folmer (R) and Senator Schwank(D) both presented SB50 the Pennsylvania Industrial Farm Bill Act - taking the Federal Governments persmission to get pilot programs into the States who want to see where hemp fills in. Both Senators stopped by the booth to show their constituents and Pennsylvania Citizens what we have to look forward to as the laws prohibiting hemp farming are repealed.
Monday our good friends at WEEE radio Mike interviewed Shawn for an update on what's been going on - a lot of folks heard the interview and came down to get Hempzelized at our booth 5000-1 in the Pennsylvania Market Place.
We officially had our Hempzels(tm) Soft 8 Pack Pretzel Bags finished the day before the show started - the bakery baked the freshly baked hemp swirls and we loaded up the freezer & sampled and sold a few 3 pack hot soft Swirls & a good amount of frozen swirls got taken home. Hempzel Customer Missions ? ask their local stores to pick up the product. (pictures) (videos)
This was the 2nd event - the year before I had invited Robert Rex of the Friendly Chameleon Paper Company to speak to the farmers - this event I was honored John Howell came down and Jean Laprise - that year the President of New Holland Ford provided $100 to offset my cost - he couldn't attend but sent his top 2 engineers who listened to Kennex Jean's Laprise talk about using modified John Deere equipment to harvest their hemp. That's changed in 2015.
Dave Kline wrote an article after my radio interview -
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Retail direct through our website or wholesale / distribution direct. Hemp pretzels, hemp mustard, hemp seed, hemp nut butter, hemp granola bars, through Pennsylvania bakeries, we are adding value to trdtional product lines - we call it, Hempzelization - to became aware of hemp and specifically "Hempzels(tm)". 2015 is our year, starting out with a product that we've been offering at events and to select restaurants in bulk. Now today we have our new 8 pack swirl bag ready for the frozen food aisle of our local & regional stores staring in 2016. Launched at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show - our 13th year. Now we are on the verge of growing hemp in Pennsylvania, 2017 join us at events being posted. Historically the company in the beginning......
Lancaster County businessman Shawn Patrick House wants to believe the latest legislative effort to legalize hemp farming in Pennsylvania will succeed.But he's been fighting long enough to know it's probably a long shot. Under Senate Bill 50 — introduced by Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) — the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp would be allowed as part of a research program at a college or university.But he's been fighting long enough to know it's probably a long shot. Under Senate Bill 50 — introduced by Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) — the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp would be allowed as part of a research program at a college or university.
An Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development report estimates gross revenue for Canadian hemp seed production between $30.75 million and $34 million. In 2010, exports of Canadian hemp seed and hemp products were valued at more than $10 million.The obvious hurdle is perception, of course. Hemp is the distant sister of cannabis, although supporters say hemp has none of marijuana's mind-altering qualities.“Industrial hemp does not have a psychoactive effect. The THC level is less than 0.03 percent,” Folmer said. “Misconceptions are withholding Pennsylvania from an opportunity for our agricultural and business industries to thrive.”Given the legal go-ahead, farmers could benefit from the demand for hemp in products ranging from paper to fuel and clothing to biodegradable plastics, said Schwank, Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee.
The federal 1937 Marijuana Tax Act restricted industrial hemp production. In 1970, the Controlled Substances Act made hemp illegal, although the 2014 Farm Bill loosened production restrictions.“We need to get on board with this,” Schwank said during a recent conference call. “After all, 200 years ago it was a pretty prominent crop in Pennsylvania.”
Growing business House began making hemp-enriched cosmetics, such as lotions and soaps, in the late 1990s. In 2005, he incorporated as Lancaster Trading House Inc. His product lines fall under two businesses: Hempzels, which includes soft pretzels, mustard and protein powder; and Natalie's Choice, which sells his granola bars, nut butter and jams.
All are made from hemp, House said. While he doesn't have a physical store, House sells online and at shows such as the Pennsylvania Farm Show. His mustard is on Wegmans' shelves. “It's slow and steady, and my business continues to expand at a nice pace,” he said. “The soft pretzel is the winner. That's going to be my thing that doubles and triples my sales.” But House said he is tired of fighting to educate the public and politicians that hemp does not equal marijuana. Experts estimate a person has to smoke about 20 times the amount of hemp in order to reach the high state achieved with cannabis, according to the website Hempethics.com.As a food product, hemp is touted for its health benefits because it is packed with essential fatty acids and is rich in vitamin E. Supporters say hemp is a more-durable material that makes better clothes.
New Holland Agriculture makes equipment that processes hemp for grain or fiber and sells it to foreign farmers, House said.“The research has been done for hemp,” he added. “We have equipment manufacturers who are selling equipment to the Europeans and the Canadians.”
Hemp History every day - all the time- charts, facts & figures A work in progress
One of two meetings held in Lancaster County at Yoder's Restaurant - this is when my office was at Faye Diesel's on Main Street in Blue Ball - I now owned Hempzels & No Problem Inc, I put ads in the Lancaster County Farming Paper and invited farmers and interested parties to hear speakers. This article will document what was done as more information is dug up from the archives.. This first meeting we I had Robert Rex of the Friendly Chameleon address the farmers, Bryn B, Jim & Les Stark helped out - still looking for more documents.
Check out Les & Erica on their facebook page under Pennsylvania Hempland Security or Keystone Cannabis, they are in the forefront working with Pennsylvania legislators - & Les wrote the Hempstone Heritage book -
Check out Les & Erica on their facebook page under Pennsylvania Hempland Security or Keystone Cannabis, they may update these pages;
July 11th - is West Chester Pennsylvania -
Plan on seeing us at Mother Earth News 2016 -
We had a busy weekend in our new spot - confirmed for next year on the coblestones;
Here two famiiie's give us the lowdown on their Hempzel experience; thanks to the staff at Seven Springs in Chapion, Pennsylvania.
FOX 43 -
Tuesday 10/27/15 Senator Schwank's committee passed the Indusrial Hemp Act; Fox 43
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Shawn House stands at the bottom of the Pennsylvania Capitol steps with a smile on his face and an empty bag of pretzels in his hands. "Hempzel's Pretzels," he says. "It's a mix of hemp and pretzels." It's also completely legal. House, who runs the Lancaster Trading Company and it's Hempzel's Pretzels brand, uses industrial hemp in his products every day. The hemp he uses comes from the same cannabis species as the more familiar drug, and the plant it grows from looks similar to the drug, but it contains minimal doses of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the substance which leads to the high marijuana smokers feel. "Knowledge is powerful," Shawn says. "Just because you have seed, doesn't mean you have weed."
Hempzelized at the annual show.
Les Stark takes a break and a tour of the booth - every year I try to add something different - update it - 2013 - will be different from 2015. The 8th Year!
Stores should be listed, shipped direct, through distributors, farm markets, etc