American Hemp Farmer Television Series
Announces Opening Sponsorship
With Dr. Bronner’s,
Top-Selling Natural Brand of Soap
Family-owned Global Company Supports Docuseries
That Entertains and Addresses Regenerative Living,
Hemp Farming, and Stabilizing Climate Change
(Funky Butte Ranch, NM) Doug Fine’s Family Farmer Adventure Hour LLC, producer of the television series American Hemp Farmer, alongside co-producers Andrew DeAngelo and Barry Gordon, are excited to announce their first-in presenting partnership with Dr. Bronner’s. The family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soaps, Dr Bronner’s joins the team as a sponsor for the series that is created and hosted by Fine, a regenerative living and hemp expert, author, and speaker. American Hemp Farmer has completed post-production on the pilot episode of a planned six-episode season and is currently seeking distribution.
“David Bronner and I have known each other for a decade, and I’ve written about the company’s groundbreaking hemp work and employee-friendly policies in two of my books. Everything seemed to align last month in Austin. We were both fresh from our respective SXSW talks, I was still carrying a hemp stalk, when we connected this time. He kindly, and wisely, offered use of the Dr. Bronner’s brand to further our effort to get this series on the air,” Fine says.
“We have long used and believed in the benefits of all forms of the cannabis plant,” notes Bronner, CEO (Cosmic Engagement Officer) of Dr. Bronner’s. “Helping Doug with his show goes hand-in-hand with everything we’ve done to promote hemp in America. He’s a true hemp warrior showing the way to a sustainable future. I hope our support helps him to keep crushing it.”
“We are grateful for this rare opportunity to have Dr. Bronner’s sponsorship ahead of our pitches to networks,” says DeAngelo. “Doug has created a series that has broad appeal. The show’s tagline is, ‘Who Says Saving Humanity Can’t Be A Blast?’ It’s fun to watch, even as it leads us to a climate-friendly future. So now we are having meetings with more sponsors, and the phones are already ringing because of the cachet of association with Dr. Bronner’s. ”
The pilot episode for American Hemp Farmer, which is based on Fine’s book (a Santa Fe Reporter‘s Book of the Year award nominee) of the same name, is complete and, during post-production, Fine and his co-producers will continue to meet with potential distributors for the series.
The American Hemp Farmer series will have all of the adventure, comedy, drama, and growth of Fine’s travels and writings—and make a compelling and entertaining case for hemp as a part of the solution to mitigate climate change. And, with Fine’s trademark wit and wisdom as host, it will teach its audience that the regenerative lifestyle isn’t beyond the average person. “If I can do it,” says Fine, the one-time suburbanite, “anyone can.”
In the first season, Fine visits the Rosebud Sioux tribal lands, advising a Tribal enterprise on its organic hemp cultivation. Other segments find him manually harvesting hemp with a scythe—while dressed in Colonial-style hemp clothes—at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, and conducting virtual interviews with researchers who want to bring hemp food aboard the International Space Station.
The American Hemp Farmer series will also include fun segments where Fine gets a CBD oil massage, meditates with his beloved hemp-fed goats, and cruises around in his hemp-powered pickup truck. Fine also plans an audience engagement feature: the “Cool Hemp App of the Week,” where he highlights rgenerative farming enterprises innovating markets for hemp, from next generation hemp batteries to hemp guitars and cars.
“We’re all in this together — anyone can grow hemp and other food crops in their yards, on their roofs, in community gardens,” Fine says, adding that even a small home garden can sequester tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which contributes to reducing global climate change.
Doug says: “One of the easiest ways to support hemp production is to buy hemp products like rope, hempcrete, and clothing. I personally use about a ton of Dr. Bronner’s every year, which contains hemp oil. And one of the simplest ways is to incorporate hemp—a superfood rich in antioxidants, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, fiber, and protein—into your diet. To get you started, I have a great recipe for a hemp superfood smoothie.”
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.” And, 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.
Fueled by a sense of urgency, he continues to leave his idyllic, solar-powered regenerative hemp farm and goat ranch—the Funky Butte Ranch in New Mexico—many times a year to preach about hemp at conferences and festivals across the country. Engaging, funny, and informative, Fine is often invited to return to these same events.
After his SXSW session titled “What Anyone Can Do to Stabilize Climate: Plant Hemp,” Fine returned to the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver where he moderated a panel, “Cannabinoids in Food and Beverage Products” as well as delivered a keynote address, “How Your Hemp Enterprise Can Fight Climate Change and Win In the Marketplace.”
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 summer/fall 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.
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