Article by Paul Benhaim
World First - Hemp Farm offers visitors a greener side to Byron Bay
A Byron Bay industrial hemp farm is opening its doors to the public for daily eco-tours from 8th October. Family friendly, visitors to this sustainable permaculture farm may experience all the action of an eco farm without the hard work!
Industrial hemp has been legal to grow in Australia, and New South Wales in particular for a few years now. This, Byron Bay’s first industrial hemp farm is run by local hemp expert Paul Benhaim. “A normal site in Europe, I was surprised to see the lack of awareness about how much fun it is to grow a crop of industrial hemp in Australia and it is about time I did something about this,” said Paul Penhaim, director and founder of the Hemp Farm.
Industrial hemp is well known for it’s use in ropes and clothes, but visitors to the Hemp Farm get a lot more. You can see the crop grow and learn about the equipment required for growing, harvesting and processing. The hemp farm is planned to be Australia’s centre of hemp food processing, with hemp seeds and hemp oil production already in place with plans for expansion early next year.
The uses of hemp are many and include plastics, food, paper, fuel and building. Visitors will get a demonstration to see how hemp foods are made. Paul Benhaim founded the hemp food industry in Europe in the late 1990s which is an industry now worth tens of millions of dollars. Hemp food is based on the hemp seed, a grain that contains 30% quality protein and is a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs). “Unlike fish oils, hemp seed will not contain heavy minerals or toxins.” states Paul Benhaim.
Visitors to the eco farm can see a demonstration of hemp milk, hemp ice-cream or hemp chocolate making and if you are lucky – get a taste of these healthy nutritious products sold widely throughout Europe and North America.
Visitors to the eco hemp farm may also see products made from industrial hemp in Australia’s first solely industrial hemp museum, including a 100% hemp plasticsc ommercialized in the Byronshire, as well as the original hemp plastic products developed in Europe.
The hemp farm is the location of Australia’s first hemp building workshop and you can get to see the finished building and learn about the process of ‘growing your own home’.
At sowing time and harvest time the hemp farm offers full day special events with hemp paper making, twine and jewelry making as well as the regular hemp ice cream and hemp chocolate making. In season you may also get to help harvest the hemp in traditional or more modern methods as are shared by experts who visit the hemp farm at these times.
The hemp farm is open daily for 2-3 hour tours with collection from the centre of Byron Bay.
More information and bookings taken at www.hempfarm.com.au or 02 8003 3032
17 Aug 2011
Article/Information supplied by Paul Benhaim
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