Celebrate Earth Day
With Regenerative Living and Hemp Expert
Doug Fine’s Hemp-Farming Class
The comprehensive, self-paced Acres USA
“Hemp Gardening: Growing Food Security and Fighting Climate Change”
Teaches hemp farming from seed acquisition to market
(LOS ANGELES) If you’re looking for something to get the planet for Earth Day (April 22), you could always learn how to grow carbon-sequestering, rejuvenating hemp from regenerative living and hemp expert, author, and speaker Doug Fine.
For the last several months, in between speaking engagements at SXSW and NoCo Expo and work on his American Hemp Farmer docuseries, Fine has been refining his comprehensive course, “Hemp Gardening: Growing Food Security and Fighting Climate Change.” The comprehensive, self-paced, Acres USA program takes aspiring hemp farmers through the entire soil-to-product process, from seed acquisition to market.
“You can work on your schedule, from anywhere in the world,” Fine says. “We hope it proves helpful, whether you are hemp-curious, a backyard gardener, or ready to leap in and become a regenerative entrepreneur.”
The course is geared towards all levels of gardening experience – a backyard gardener or breakfast nook potted planter who is new to hemp will love the Hemp Gardening version of the self-paced, seven-chapter course, which costs $64 and guides you from planting to fragrant harvest. Registration for the Hemp Gardening course is at: https://learn.acresusa.com/courses/hemp-gardening-growing-food-security-and-fighting-climate-change?ref=811aeb with discounts for four or more students. The full 10-chapter Professional Gardening version costs $249 and registration is open at: https://learn.acresusa.com/courses/doug-fine-hemp-course-2020?ref=811aeb Both courses can be taken from anywhere at your own pace. And, any inspired gardener who, upon finishing (and getting his/her hemp-printed completion certificate!) wants to take the full course afterward, Acres USA and Doug Fine will issue a credit to apply to the registration fee.
Fine adds: “One of the easiest ways to support hemp production and to help mitigate climate change to celebrate Earth Day, and every day, is to buy hemp products like rope, hempcrete, clothing, and paper. My book aboutn the first modern hemp farmers, First Legal Harvest, is partly printed on renewable hemp paper. You can also shop for local produce at farmers markets as another way to reduce the environmental impact of the transportation of food from long distances.
Fine has also been busy with post-production and distribution meetings for American Hemp Farmer (based on his Santa Fe Reporter Book of the Year–nominated book of the same name). The pilot episode for a planned six-episode season of American Hemp Farmer is already complete. It shows Fine, using his trademark wit and wisdom, teaching his audience that the regenerative lifestyle isn’t beyond the average person. “If I can do it,” says the one-time suburbanite, “anyone can.”
“We’re all in this together — anyone can grow hemp and other food crops in their yards, on their roofs, in community gardens,” Fine continues, adding that even a small home garden can sequester tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which contributes to reducing global climate change.
Fine has emceed or spoken at hundreds of events since releasing his first book, Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man (2004). He has also appeared on TV (Conan, The Tonight Show, CNN), given a TED talk (“Why We Need Goatherding in the Digital Age” at TEDxABQ), and even testified before the United Nations regarding “the right to farm whatever a farmer pleases.”
In late February, C-SPAN aired Fine’s keynote address from last December’s Acres USA 50th Anniversary Eco-Ag Conference. You can watch it here. The following month, Fine gave his SXSW address, “What Anyone Can Do to Stabilize Climate: Plant Hemp,” moderated a panel and delivered a keynote address at the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver.
Looking beyond that, Fine is developing more television series and film ideas, including multiple original scripted pilots and an adaptation of his book Too High to Fail. And, of course, more Doug Fine books are in the works.
“We’re in the bottom of the ninth with two outs when it comes to tackling climate change and we’ve got a game plan: teaching it to everyone is my day job. And you’ve got to have fun along the way.” The Washington Post agrees, writing “Fine is a storyteller in the mold of Douglas Adams.”
As the American Hemp Farmer series moves closer to greenlight, Doug Fine is available for interviews and further speaking engagements in spring/summer 2022. A website of Fine’s print and radio work, United Nations testimony, television appearances and TED Talk is at dougfine.com. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @organiccowboy.