If there's one thing all women dream of from the time they are little girls, it's being married to a feminist husband. If you're married, are you feminist enough? Follow these simple tips to up your feminist game!
1. Explain feminism to your wife in case she doesn't know what it is: It's important for your wife to really understand what you're doing as you make efforts to become more feminist. Explain it as many times as necessary to make sure she understands.
2. Wait patiently for her to open the door for you: Women are always annoyed when men assume they aren't strong enough to open doors. Let her open the door for you! Also, let her open all her own pickle jars.
3. Burn all of her bras: The brassiere is an invention of the patriarchy. Take it upon yourself to liberate her from these oppressive shackles today!
4. Fill the house with spiders for her to triumphantly defeat herself: There's nothing strong, independent women love more than conquering a terrifying foe. Give her the thrill of a lifetime!
5. Criticize all her cooking because a real feminist can take it: If you don't forcefully criticize her at every turn, your wife will take that to mean you don't think she's strong enough.
6. Remind your wife how feminist you are: Sometimes, women forget. Make sure she remembers how lucky she is to have married a real feminist!
7. Let her work a full-time job, do all the housework, and raise the kids so the world can see how powerful she is: Your wife is POWERFUL, and the world needs to see it. Let her do everything!
Follow these 7 simple steps today and give your wife the feminist husband of her dreams!
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While hemp is a popular topic today, this isn’t the first time the plant has been involved in our culture. It turns out that hemp has a well-documented history in the US.
Records show that that hemp was first introduced to North America in Jamestown around 1611. American farmers grew the crop for a multitude of purposes, including rope, paper, and lantern oil.
Fast forward to the 1700s, to a blossoming nation with an agriculturally-driven economy. While most farmers preferred to grow tobacco, hemp was such a staple crop that its cultivation in many of the colonies was legally mandated by England.
Turning Tides on Hemp and Cannabis
Although hemp played a prominent role in the nation’s early years, attitudes toward the crop shifted in the 1900s. The rising availability of cheaper foreign sources of hemp fiber, particularly from Russia, after World War I led to hemp falling out of favor with many farmers, especially in Kentucky, a state that at one time was responsible for 75% of the nation’s hemp fiber production.
Moreover, the federal government’s increased efforts against drugs led to The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which placed heavy taxes on the sale of cannabis. Arrests for possession and dealing followed shortly after, with convictions for violating the Tax Act. In part, the act contributed to declining hemp cultivation.
Hemp experienced a slight resurgence during World War II, when the US Government recognized hemp was needed to support the war and briefly lifted enforcement of the Marihuana Tax Act. The Department of Agriculture during the time even actively promoted hemp and encouraged farmers throughout the Midwest and Southwest to grow hemp.
After the war, however, hemp returned to its illegal status and farmers again grew discouraged as cheaper synthetic fiber became widely available.
Shortly after, combined with conflicts with other big business, like tobacco, and anti-marijuana political movements, the entire cannabis family, including hemp, fell to opposition campaigns and propaganda.
These campaigns concluded with the passage of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which classified THC (a compound found in hemp and cannabis) as a Schedule I substance, making all cannabis and hemp cultivation federally illegal.
It would be some 30 years before hemp would again enter the mainstream in a positive light.
The U.S. Farm Bill Shines A Light On Hemp
In 2004, the US started allowing businesses to import dietary hemp products. In 2007, there was a glimmer of positivity when two farmers were granted licenses to grow industrial hemp by the state of North Dakota, though those licenses were ultimately rejected at the federal level, “because the state hadn’t satisfied the agency’s [DEA’s] security and logistical requirements.”
Building on these developments, changes started across the nation with the 2014 Farm Bill, which paved the way for state pilot programs, such as Kentucky’s, which allowed farms and processors to start growing, processing, and creating local hemp products.
Kentucky was one of the early adopters — pair that with our ideal soil and climate, and you see Kentucky is now a national leader in growing and creating hemp products.
In 2018, there were even more positive changes – hemp was deemed federally legal, no longer under the purview of the DEA, and able to be cultivated as a commodity and transported without fear of federal interference.
These changes, brought forth by the 2018 Farm Bill, took the previous Farm Bill’s pro-hemp stance a notch higher.
The 2018 bill encourages the building of hemp businesses; the increased certainty is expected to lead to more investment for hemp farming on a much larger scale than prior pilot programs allowed and, as long as hemp is produced in accordance with the bill, its sale is now much less restricted than before.
Although the new Farm Bill shows improvements over its predecessor, there will be some lag time before farmers begin to experience clear benefits. Each state will have to walk through regulatory doors before obtaining USDA approval, and there is uncertainty about how hemp derivatives, such as CBD, will be regulated by the FDA.
Kentucky Aims to be the Epicenter of Hemp
Kentucky is leading the charge on these new hemp standards, having already developed what Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles calls, “…a regulatory framework that perfectly aligns with the requirements spelled out in the Farm Bill.”
1,035 hemp applications have been approved in Kentucky for 2019, and it looks as though Kentucky is poised to be the epicenter of hemp production in America.
These Kentucky applicants have also been approved to grow 42,086 acres worth of hemp in 2019, compared to only 6,700 acres grown in 2018.
We’re proud to say our farm, Mt. Folly Farm, has already been conditionally approved to continue growing USDA Certified Organic Hemp, which is used to make our Homestead Alternatives CBD. Mt. Folly also raises hemp grain for Laura’s Hemp Chocolates.
Hemp Reclaims Prominence on the Back of CBD
Hemp isn’t the only thing growing exponentially — its primary derivative, CBD, is also experiencing a boom. The volume and variety of CBD products has risen quickly over the past five years, with tinctures, oils, lotions, capsules, and topical creams now on the market.
It’s a renaissance, of sorts, in which hemp’s nostalgic past is meeting its more scientific future.
What’s Coming Next for Hemp?
The rapid growth means that today’s hemp market is inconsistently regulated, and many companies are misrepresenting the product they’re selling.
At Laura’s Mercantile and Homestead Alternatives, we’ve implemented stringent third-party lab testing procedures to ensure our hemp and CBD products are high quality and reliable.
We also place an emphasis on being transparent with our processes, carefully monitoring our partners who extract our full-spectrum CBD, and owning the hemp from seed or cutting to final product.
Most importantly, we keep our products as close to the plant as possible, understanding the natural way of raising crops is best for our bodies.
Our hemp is raised on ground that’s been handled organically for three years, which means the soil is more fertile and we use no herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals. In food, this production leads to more nutritious foods, and particularly in the case of hemp, it allows the plant’s terpenes to better resist insects and prosper.
Looking forward, the hemp and CBD industries are set to continue rapidly growing, with uncertainty about the potential size of the markets. Brightfield Group projects the market for hemp to be $22 billion by 2022, and the Hemp Business Journal estimates the market for CBD in particular will reach $2.1 billion by 2021.
We hopeful that hemp and its derivatives will continue to see expanded economic support, particularly at the state level, providing exceptional opportunities for farmers. We’re excited to continue being part of hemp’s long history!
Aloha kākou. It’s the National Day Of Prayer. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. The National Prayer Committee was formed in the United States in 1972. We could use this more than…
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) divides organic products into four categories: crops, livestock, processed products and wild crops.¹ According to USDA regulations, if produce is certified to have been grown in soil without the application of prohibited substances for three years prior to harvest, then it can be called organic.²The problem is that certified organic fruit and vegetables…
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Befriending nature dovetails with what we’ve been doing at Mt. Folly since 1982, though the name of the type of farming has evolved…from odd-ball farming to natural farming, to sustainable, then organic farming. Now what we are doing is called real organic farming and regenerative farming…and our knowledge has increased almost exponentially.
I was barely an adult when I made it my mission to get antibiotics out of animal feed. Decades later, I have a team and we raise plants to benefit our customers, including Hemp for Homestead Alternatives CBD products. We operate an AirBnb so that customers can come see the farm and learn (and get some time away), operate a distillery to use the small grains so important to organic farming systems, run a farm-to-table restaurant to showcase our pastured beef and poultry, and local fruits and vegetables. Now, we aim to complete the circular system by restoring local buildings and recruiting young people to our small rural town, so it will thrive.
In sum, our job as regenerative farmers is to enhance the medicinal virtue and nutritional integrity of what we grow. Imitating nature is the one big lesson. The balance of the numerous January meetings was a discussion of how best to do this. All land is different, so it’s a project of continuous improvement, which will take lifetimes.
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WHY ORGANIC HEMP?
Organic hemp is grown without use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Additionally, research shows organically-farmed foods are more nutritious than foods grown conventionally. We believe this to be similar for hemp — that organic hemp suggests stronger cannabinoids, like CBD, which make us feel better.
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CBD oil is not addictive. In fact, many studies are showing that CBD can help treat opioid addiction. According to a 2015 study, “CBD has been associated with many neural circuits involved in the acquisition of addiction and subsequent drug-seeking behaviors, making it an interesting pharmacological candidate to treat substance-use disorders.”
CBD, derived from hemp, is legal in all 50 states. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the DEA’s purview and removed hemp as a Schedule I substance. Therefore, the production and sale of hemp and its extracts are legal, so long as the hemp from which the CBD is extracted contains no more than 0.3% THC. The USDA confirmed in its memo that states cannot interfere with the commerce of help or its derivatives.
“Is it okay to give CBD to my dog?”
Good question, and one many are asking.
Following the federal legalization of hemp, there has been no shortage of CBD products for pets hitting the shelves. With this growing interest, there is a need to understand the impact of CBD on animals, especially household pets like dogs and cats.
While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of the benefits of CBD in pets, much of the research on the effects of CBD has historically focused on humans. Given there could be different effects of CBD in animals versus humans, researchers have started turning their eye to studying the effects of CBD in animals, particularly dogs.
Is CBD Safe for Dogs?
Early research indicates CBD derived from hemp is safe for dogs. Owners who use CBD products have not often reported significant side effects.
When asked about the specific ways that dogs can benefit from CBD, veterinarians we talked to say there are potential benefits in the areas of pain management, seizures, and anxiety.
A recent study used the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) to gauge US veterinarians’ knowledge level, views and experiences related to the use of cannabinoids in the medical treatment of dogs. Most participants in the study expressed support for using CBD products for animals.
Are There Side Effects for Dogs Taking CBD?
The most reported side effect of CBD in dogs appears to be slight lethargy, which is not particularly adverse, and in large single doses (>300mg of CBD), diarrhea. These large doses were found to be non-toxic.
How Does CBD Work in Dogs?
While we know a good amount about the bioavailability of CBD for human consumption, less is known about bioavailability of CBD in animals. To address this issue, a recent Phase I study conducted by scientists at Colorado State University investigated how CBD moved within the bodies of 30 dogs. The dogs, who were purpose-bred beagles, were given 1 of 3 different CBD formulations.
The formulations included a transdermal cream that was applied to the outside of the dogs’ ears, oral capsules that contained microencapsulated CBD oil, and an oral CBD-infused oil. Dogs received CBD each day for 6 weeks and had 1 of 2 doses: 10 mg/kg daily or 20 mg/kg daily.
The scientists monitored plasma concentrations of CBD during the first 12 hours of the study and again after 2, 4, and 6 weeks. They found that absorption was highest with the oral infused CBD oil and discovered that the higher the dose, the higher the concentration of the substance in the dogs’ plasma.
The researchers concluded that the formulations were tolerable for the dogs in the study. They found that administering CBD to dogs, especially through oral CBD oil formulations (like that used in our soon-to-come CBD dog treats), allows for the absorption of CBD.
How CBD May Help Dogs with Joint Pain and Seizures
Given that CBD does enter dogs’ systems and affect them at a physiological level, the next question is, “What are the effects and benefits of CBD in dogs?” Thus far, research has indicated CBD for dogs may provide relief from seizures and pain, particularly arthritic pain.
A study published this year researched the effect of oral CBD oil on 26 dogs with intractable idiopathic epilepsy, a common genetic ailment faced by dogs ages 1-5 that causes repeated seizures.
The researchers gave 12 dogs CBD-infused oil at a dose of 2.5 mg/kg and 14 dogs a placebo 2 times each day for 12 weeks. They found that dogs who received CBD experienced a reduction in seizure frequency compared to the dogs who received a placebo. The researchers also observed a correlation between CBD plasma concentration and seizure frequency.
Another recent study looking at the impact of CBD in dogs with osteoarthritis found that CBD significantly decreased joint pain and increased activity in dogs treated with CBD. Dog owners did not report any adverse side effects of CBD in their dogs.
Based on the dosing details of the study, the researchers concluded that 2 mg/kg of CBD taken twice each day can relieve pain and increase both comfort and activity in dogs that suffer from osteoarthritis.
CBD Dosage for Dogs: How Much CBD Should Your Dog Have?
Much like CBD for humans, specific dosing guidelines for CBD and dogs are not universally agreed upon. Based on the previously mentioned osteoarthritis study for CBD in dogs, 2 milligrams of CBD per kilogram of your dog’s weight can make a noticeable impact.
Below we’ve outlined our recommendations for our CBD dog treats (coming soon!).
CBD For Small Dog Breeds
We recommend small breeds up to 40 pounds receive treats with 5mg of CBD per treat. Review the table below to learn how much CBD is recommended for smaller dogs.
More Science About CBD for Dogs
Learn more about the science of CBD for dogs on our Science page.
The Future of CBD Use in Dogs
To date, much of the research looking at the effects of cannabis substances on animals has only been performed with explicit approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has limited the volume of literature on this topic.
However, anecdotal evidence of the benefits of CBD in dogs, such as its ability to provide pain relief, coupled with the increased access to CBD, makes a more systematic investigation into the influence of CBD on dogs more interesting than ever before.
Given the regulatory and scientific progress related to CBD and its use in animals, researchers are likely to continue investigations into how CBD may help pets. Over time, their research efforts are also likely to extend beyond dogs to other pets and will hopefully help to reveal the best ways to use CBD to improve your pets’ lives.
Try Laura’s Canine Alternatives CBD Dog Treats
Our CBD dog treats are available for both large breeds and small breeds. They’re made from USDA-certified organic hemp grown at Laura’s Mt. Folly Farm, and are perfect for promoting relaxation in stressful situations and mobility in dogs who need joint pain relief. Know that Laura is looking our for your pets!
Laura’s Canine Alternatives CBD Dog Treats (Large Breed)
Laura’s Canine Alternatives CBD Dog Treats (Small Breed)
A natural remedy for life’s aches and pains. Our full spectrum CBD oil is made from USDA-certified organic hemp grown at Laura’s Mt. Folly Farm. Many of our customers are drawn to CBD oil for relief from joint pain, chronic pain, nerve pain, and other conditions caused by inflammation.
3,000mg of full spectrum CBD per 2oz. bottle
50mg of CBD per dropper (one serving)
60 servings per bottle
CBD extracted from USDA-certified organic hemp grown at Laura’s Mt. Folly Farm
Third-party lab tested for label accuracy
Laura with a Mt. Folly USDA-certified organic hemp plant destined for Homestead Alternatives
By now you may realize that Laura’s Mercantile is part of an effort to build a regenerative agricultural system. For our part, this involves our regional Laura’s Homestead Alternatives accounts and our online store. In addition (this is Kentucky, right?) it also includes a distillery, Wildcat Willy’s!
One of the key practices of regenerative agriculture is planting cover crops after the cash crop is harvested. Not only do cover crops — which grow all fall, winter and spring – photosynthesize and sequester carbon, but their root mass below ground increases soil health. We’ve been doing this at Mt. Folly since 2011, but the practice has been adopted by only 4% of farmers because of poor economics.
Enter American Farmland Trust, Brown Foreman, the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association, and the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund. With a new program to grow whiskey rye for Kentucky distilleries, they are breaking new ground. Most of the corn for our bourbon distilleries is grown in the state, but most rye is grown in the northern plains, Canada and Europe, including former members of the Soviet Union.
Here at Mt. Folly, we have some experience growing rye, which is marketed through Laura’s Mercantile and the distillery. But this gives us new, expanded markets, and we are thrilled!
Below is a link to a blog post I made about Mt. Folly and Regenerative Ag. Hemp is part of our program and now so is rye. We grow rye on land that once was owned by Daniel Boone. I hope you’ll check out the site to learn more. Laura’s Blog
USDA-certified organic hemp is an important crop for us, and customers who support us are most important of all.
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CA, AZ Opt-in to Incentivize Fruits and Veggies Through WIC
CA, AZ Opt-in to Incentivize Fruits and Veggies Through WIC
USDA’s WIC food assistance program is exponentially increasing fruit and vegetable purchases through the summer.
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is increasing the cash-value voucher amount for fresh fruit and veggies for participants. Currently, children are given $9 and adults are given $11 a month for fruit and vegetable…
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Permaculture for the eastern US
Pretty cool books.
The USDA hardiness zone map is most interesting.
This is the 1990 version. The authors note that this is based on data from 1974-1984. Ten years.
They also note that the American Horticultural Society drafted an updated map in 2003, based on data from 1986-2002. This map showed that the warmer zones were creeping north. 16 years of data.
The Department of Agriculture pulled this new map from circulation, so it wasn't available for this book.
Instead they were going to release a new map, including data from 1974-2002, (28 years), thus diluting the more recent numbers.
The printed 1990 map shows Slaughterhouse House in zone 6b. The most recent 2012 map shows us in zone 7a, and covers the years of 1974-2005. 30 years. That's a half-zone increase, which is 5F/2.8C
There is a nice explainer of the changes in the maps at
It has a weak argument for going from the most recent 10 years in 1990 to the most recent 30 years in this round ("more stable statistically", "yields a clearer picture"), so you might want to adjust your hardiness zone accordingly. I'm thinking we may be in zone 7b.
Near us, in Rabun County, GA, there is a resort town called Sky Valley. When D was in high school, it was a ski resort, and she spent a lot of time there, her parents even bought a time share.
I went to the time share once, during the beginning of Operation Desert Storm, January 17, 1991 - we watched it on TV. There was snow on the ground outside, and the 1990 USDA hardiness map was being developed.
I don't remember it being a ski resort then. Things were already changing.
Sky Valley is no longer a ski resort with charming chalets, it's now a golf resort with charming chalets. The ski slopes are gone.
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Haven't touched my garden box since last summer, so now it’s FULL of this very very pretty very very dense moss-like plant? The tall things are clover flowers as far as I know, and the wooden-looking things are long-dead watermelon vines (the ONLY planted item in the pic). The huge sprawling... thing almost looks like the top of a hedge, but the leaves are barely an inch out of the ground. It’s really pretty and I’m going to hate digging it up when I start planting seeds, so I’d love to know what it is.
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