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Hemp Farming in Ireland - Freya Bartels

Ep. 63

For the longest time I've wanted to learn about the hemp industry in Ireland, so I reached out to the Hemp Cooperative who suggested I chat to Freya Bartels, a hemp farmer based in Mayo. This is an area I know nothing about so I hope you'll enjoy learning with me! If you're interested in staying up to date with all things hemp farming, you can follow the co-op on Twitter @hempcooperative , Facebook or Instagram @hemp_cooperative_ireland, or support by becoming a member.

  • [03:40] Getting to know Freya.
  • [07:00] Permaculture, food forests, & community box schemes.
  • [12:55] What hemp is.
  • [15:15] How it’s grown.
  • [18:25] How the carbon sequestration of hemp works.
  • [21:55] The various uses of the varying types of hemp plants.
  • [26:25] What kind of land the crop needs to grow on.
  • [29:45] Uses for hemp in our food industry.
  • [31:05] What is the hemp industry like in Ireland including challenges.
  • [35:00] First thing you’d say to someone interested in farming hemp.
  • [37:00] How can people who aren’t farmers help get hemp onto more acres here?
  • [39:00] How the ‘Misuse of Drugs Act’ is affecting the industry.
  • [45:45] Random Questions!

Also mentioned:

  • WWOOFers – a volunteer network
  • Community Box Schemes


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