August 13-17, 2018
Faculty: Kyle Gruter–Curham
Cannabidiol (CBD) products are rapidly becoming wide known for health and healing properties as well as a profitable product for farmers. Take your hemp knowledge to the next level in this one week immersion course focused on the entrepreneurial pursuit of growing and making value-added products from Cannabidiol rich hemp.
Join Kyle Gruter-Curham of Creek Valley Cannabidiol for a week long exploration into CBD hemp: How does it affect the body and mind? How do you grow it? How do you process it? How do you make growing hemp economically viable?
Kyle is well known in the hemp community in Vermont and is at the forefront of Vermont’s CBD business community. In addition to bringing you his in-depth knowledge you will also hear from and interact with an all-star list of guest speakers, including Eli Harrington of Heady Vermont, Erica Kawka from the Phytoscience Institute, and Will Read from CannaPlanners. This course also includes a visit to Kyle’s farm for hands-on demonstrations in the field and processing kitchen.
Topics Covered in Class Include the Following:
- History of the hemp plant
- Legal history and current standing in Vermont and abroad
- CBD components
- The science of CBD and interaction with the body and mind
- Genetics and selection
- Basics of growing hemp
- CBD preservation techniques
- Value-added CBD products
- Branding, marketing and economics of the CBD industry
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Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this class. In order to take full advantage of this course students should have general understanding of hemp cultivation and value-added CBD products.
Certification Info (if applicable): CEU credits can be used towards the School of the New American Farmstead’s Certificate in Sustainable Farm Skills
Tuition & Fees: Early Bird Pricing: $750 / Pricing after July 14th: $775 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $60/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Kyle Gruter-Curham is the founder of Creek Valley Cannabidiol and a 2009 Sterling College graduate in Conservation Ecology. After graduation Kyle began growing his own food and a hobby quickly became a passion in sustainable agriculture. He then moved his small farm to a 100 acre parcel nearby and tried out many crops and livestock to try to make his passion economically viable. With little success, Kyle moved towards crops that needed less input with a high return, like garlic.
In 2015 Kyle was introduced to CBD hemp when helping some friends harvest a crop in Colorado. Not convinced this was the crop for him in Vermont, he then began indepth research. He found there was a large need for the end products in Vermont and specifically his own family. Kyle’s sister had been suffering from seizures daily and not responding to traditional medicine but did have a positive response to CBD. This is the point in time where Kyle found his calling to take the next step and signed onto the Vermont Hemp Registry for one acre and begin searching for genetics that would produce a high potency CBD crop well in northern Vermont.
Once Kyle mastered the growing techniques it was time to try and sell his crop. He knew if he wanted to have a high return he would need to create a brand and a unique value-added product. Combining two things he loves he decided to produce CBD kombucha. When the product launched in spring of 2017, Kyle began to plan for a jump from teaching Science at the Laraway School in Johnson to being a full-time farmer-entrepreneur. Kyle is currently a very busy farmer in Irasburg, VT.