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Author of Pride and Produce

  NEW EDITION COMING SOON!

Tracks Growth of Hemp in Black Dirt Region

Pride and Produce, the sold-out book about the fertile Black Dirt farming region of Orange County, is about to be reprinted. The Third edition, with updates that include news about the growth of CBD-Hemp, will be available in digital versions just before Christmas.

The new edition has two short new sections. One covers some of the changes in the Black Dirt valley since the book first came out late in 2016, including efforts to curb flooding, and the growth of agritourism in this rare fertile farmland.

The second new section covers the rapid growth of hemp farming for cannabidiol (CBD) – a wellness medication – throughout the Black Dirt farmlands. At least 20 farmers put a total of about 700 acres under hemp this 2019 season.

Farming hemp for CBD has taken off across the US – including New York State – as sales for CBD as a wellness medication have soared. 

Author of Pride and Produce

  NEW EDITION COMING SOON!

Tracks Growth of Hemp in Black Dirt Region

Pride and Produce, the sold-out book about the fertile Black Dirt farming region of Orange County, is about to be reprinted. The Third edition, with updates that include news about the growth of CBD-Hemp, will be available in digital versions just before Christmas.

The new edition has two short new sections. One covers some of the changes in the Black Dirt valley since the book first came out late in 2016, including efforts to curb flooding, and the growth of agritourism in this rare fertile farmland.

The second new section covers the rapid growth of hemp farming for cannabidiol (CBD) – a wellness medication – throughout the Black Dirt farmlands. At least 20 farmers put a total of about 700 acres under hemp this 2019 season.

Farming hemp for CBD has taken off across the US – including New York State – as sales for CBD as a wellness medication have soared. 

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“The Origin, Evolution and Survival of the Drowned Lands, the Hudson Valley’s Legendary Black Dir

  

One of the most fertile tracts of farmland in the United States stretches across a bucolic valley just 60 miles from the skyscraper forest of Manhattan. Yet few of the millions of people in the tristate region who love fresh, local food, are aware of this fabulous black soil – let alone the threats this agricultural treasure now faces.

Just when appreciation of locally grown food and its nutritional and environmental benefits have never been greater, production on the 14,000 acre Black Dirt region of Orange County, New York, where an estimated 70% of the fresh produce sold at tristate farmers’ markets is grown, is in jeopardy.

Cheetah Haysom, who lived in the Black Dirt Valley for 25 years, describes the predicament of the region’s farmers. The book covers the origins of the extraordinary black soil, the fascinating history of the region – including the Eastern European settlers who drained what was once a boggy swamp and made it into arable farmland – and the pungent yellow onions which in decades past covered the whole valley and made the region famous.

The book also goes into some of the issues that concern all foodies – whether in the tristate region or across the United States: organic farming, genetic modification, financial viability of produce farming and the existential question of whether farmers, facing conflicts and uncertainties, will want to farm in the future.