Hemp seeds planted for education and research at Louisville plantation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Saturday was Hemp Discovery Day at an old Louisville plantation.

The Farmington Historic Plantation celebrated its 200th anniversary over the weekend by inviting guests from around the state and region as executive director Diane Young planted the first hemp seeds on the grounds since the late 19th century.

“We will be growing the hemp just like they would have here at Farmington over a hundred years ago,” Young said. “We’re going to use our history to educate visitors about industrial hemp and how we can incorporate it into our future.”

Young partnered with two national hemp agencies to host the event and plan long-term education of Kentucky's rich history of industrial hemp.

“It was really encouraging to see people traveling from Ohio, Missouri and all across the state to learn about industrial hemp and to support what we’re doing here in Kentucky," said Alyssa Erickson, co-founder of UHI Principal and Kentucky Hempsters. "It just shows how important it is for us to continue moving this industry forward."

Farmington was once a 500-acre hemp farm near the Bardstown Road-Watterson Expressway interchange. The hemp seeds sowed by Young on Saturday will become a education and research site in conjunction with the Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program.

For more information on the status of the project, visit farmingtonhistoricplantation.org.

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