A friend with a farm, in McCreary County, applied to be one of Kentucky's 100 farmers approved this year for growing hemp. It is a new program, long overdue.
She has dogs living with her, and a horse, a donkey, a goat -- these three returned here after life experiences other places -- and some chickens, two cats, and some cattle.
She also runs a B and B there, Farm House Inn Bed and Breakfast, which does well, even though the place is not the easiest to find! Hint: It is near Cumberland Falls State Park. I visited her Monday, which I don't often get to do since she lives four hours away, in the southern part of the state.
Here are some of the photos I took connected to the hemp project:
|extra hemp seeds, after the field was planted|
|trying to be very clear that this is 1) legal, 2) really hemp, and 3) new to the agricultural scene|
|early plants, waiting for the cultivator to be fixed and up and running|
|another attempt to be clear about what is going on and what they are hoping to learn this year|
|These parts are to show what the plant will offer after growing fully instead of how they look today.|
|Peg kindly models her HEMP HAT, all made from hemp, including the woven band.|
Now here are some photos of the dogs, cats, chickens, and cattle who live with her. The legs at the top of this first photo belong to the goat in the second....
|the rooster, ruler of the roost....|
I might as well go whole hog here, despite there not being any hogs, and show portraits of each of four dogs, one of the cats, and the donkey with his horse mentor. Very apparent is the fact that life is pretty good down on this farm!
Thanks, Peg, for your hospitality and friendship and your stewardship. So many of us in Kentucky hope this hemp undertaking will prove successful for our state! It once was good for Kentucky, and it could be good once again.