Oneida Nation hemp expo set

posted May 14, 2018 7:47 a.m. (CDT)
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The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Outagamie County 4-H Clubs and Hempstead Project Heart are joining to present Growing Our Future Agricultural Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Oneida Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Road, Oneida.

The free event will feature family activities that celebrate Oneida and Wisconsin’s agricultural heritage and future. Along with food vendors, live music and 4-H garden tours, the expo will unveil a special agricultural version of the popular 3-D video game Minecraft created by 4-H youth who lead the local 4-H Tech Changemaker program, which is part of Microsoft and National 4-H Council’s combined efforts to bring more economic opportunity to communities through the power of technology, connectivity and digital skills.

In addition, speakers and educational booths will provide information on industrial hemp, with free hemp product samples, hands-on learning and hemp items for sale. The expo coincides with Hemp History Week, an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the role hemp farming played in U.S. history and to advocate for federal legalization.

“Industrial hemp farming has a long and rich history in Wisconsin,” said Marcus Grignon, co-director of Hempstead Project Heart, a Wisconsin-based organization. “Now that it is legal to grow hemp again, we want to be sure farmers, native nations and urban entrepreneurs understand the many uses and benefits of hemp and can participate in the growing hemp industry.”

For more information, contact Bill Ver Voort at 920-496-5649 or wvervoor@oneidanation.org.






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