Monday, August 16, 2010

An Information Evening on Hemp, Adare, Co. Limerick

An Information Evening on the history of Hemp and a new Hemp Vision for the 21st Century will take place on Saturday August 21st, in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare at 8pm.

Rebekah Shaman of Hemp Global Solutions, will talk about a new Community vision for Hemp including the growing of the crop, the processing of the Hemp plant, the products that can be made from it and the amazing nutritional value of Hemp seed. Rebekah will also outline a Co-Franchising Model for the development of a community based sustainable Hemp industry.

At the information event in Adare, Rebekah will share her knowledge and understanding of what she believes is a much mis-represented plant and show how it really is Nature’s gift that holds the solution to some of the energy and resource challenges facing our society. Today uses of Hemp include hemp building materials (hemp-fibre boards, hemp-crete - a hemp/lime mix for plaster), insulation, animal bedding, hemp seed is the most nutritious whole food known - all the essential amino-acids and the essential fatty acids,, omega 3, 6 & 9 oils in the ideal balance for healthy nutrition, body-care/skincare products, a wide variety of textiles along with Hemp bio-fuel (Hempoline) and bio-mass products (Hemp produces four times more bio-mass than forestry per hectare).

Hemp cultivation is not new to Ireland or Limerick, with Rathkeale being a major source of hemp for Irish sail cloth in the early 1700’s. However, in 1750 U.K. export regulations undermined Ireland’s thriving sail-cloth export industry and between 1815 and 1825 the five remaining mills closed.

This information was taken from National Rural Network, a great hub of information and a networking forum for those working in farming and agricultural. You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook. 

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