Hi. My name is Rob Moseley and I’d like to welcome you to the new Kentuckyhemp.com. I’ve been involved with industrial hemp since 1996, when I opened a retail business in Louisville, Kentucky.
My passion for hemp is intense. After all, it’s a purely natural substitute for a vast array of products that are currently only made with petroleum or wood (think paper!). Better yet, Kentucky’s history of growing hemp is unprecedented. Hemp was Kentucky’s #1 cash crop for over 150 years. For a state of dwindling jobs and an agricultural economy that has relied on tobacco for generations, hemp is the future.
My interest in hemp (that later became a full blown passion) began when I was a boy. My grandfather (who was an incredible funny man) was giving me the “Don’t do drugs” talk and said, “‘Ya know, We used to grow that stuff -they call it ‘pot’ now- all over Woodford County (in central Kentucky, where my grandparents grew up) but we called it “hemp”. He then proceeded to say, “If smoking that stuff makes you weird, surely one of my friends would’ve figured that out”.
My grandmother would tell me stories about how she and her sister would sit on the roof of their small home at night during the hemp harvest and watch fires burning all over the county (circa 1915). The farm owners would go to Lexington to collect seasonal workers who would harvest and break the hemp crop (breaking hemp was considered some of the hardest work a person could do). They’d extract the seed and the fiber and then burn the excess hurd (the woody, cellulose, pulp in the middle of the stalk). Today, however, the hemp hurd is extremely valuable for making paper, among other things. More on that later…
In the 1980s, I became acquainted with a man named Gatewood Galbraith. Gatewood was a legend in Kentucky, the Godfather of the Kentucky Hemp movement. I heard him speak about everything that could be done with hemp, how hemp could make the planet a much better place. He spoke about how flawed a system we have when a man in a free country can’t grow a crop in Kentucky that was the backbone of our agricultural heritage for over 150 years.
Instead, all the products that could be made naturally with hemp were now often only available as synthetics. Here’s a good link: Everything petroleum does hemp does better. Gatewood called it, “The Synthetic Subversion”. You can read all about it by buying his autobiography: The Last Free Man in America: Meets the Synthetic Subversion. Gatewood was semi-notorious for stopping at nothing to get his message out. If that meant running for Governor several times, so be it. One thing is for sure. Nobody ever wanted to debate Gatewood Galbraith. Unfortunately, Gatewood passed away several years ago but his legacy will live on forever. He actually asked me to run as his Lt. Governor back in 2006. To say I was flattered is a tremendous understatement. In retrospect, I wish I’d taken him up on it.
Again, thanks for stopping by kentuckyhemp.com. We hope to provide a wide array of hemp products (coming soon!) and be a wealth of information on all things hemp that you enjoy coming back to. It’s great to be back!
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has approved 209 applications from growers who plan to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly triple the number of acres that were approved for the previous year. Additionally,...