Friends of HEMP is advancing the hemp industry through education and opportunity.

Explore some of our current and past educational projects

Current Projects

Local Hemp Foods Cook-Off

  • Hemp foods cook-offs help normalize hemp foods in the eyes of the public! Just like caffeine in soda fountains in the early 1900s
  • We organize hemp foods-cook off to introduce hemp foods to local restaurants and the general community. Chefs cook-up creative dishes and the community tries those dishes and votes on Best Taste, Most Unique and Best Kid’s Menu Item.
  • In 2016, we launched our first cook-off in Lexington in front of 130+ people.
  • In 2017, we launched our second cook-off in Lexington in partnership with CRAVE Food + Music Festival in front of 20,000+ people
  • In 2018, we continued to host the cook-off with CRAVE Food + Music Festival

Past Educational Projects

Student Writing Competition

  • In collaboration with the Carnegie Center, we hosted a Student Writing Competition for college-level, high-school and middle-school students. The students wrote a creative paper on agricultural hemp and submitted to the competition within the student’s respective age group. Judges reviewed the papers and selected a first-place, runner-up and third-place in each category.
  • The winners received a $25-$150 prize bond depending on age and place.

Farmer Seminars

  • In collaboration with Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, we have hosted farmer seminars to educate producers on farming practices, regulatory compliance, markets and more. In January and February of 2017, we hosted three seminars and had an average of 80 attendees at each event with attendees from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and beyond.

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