The Hemp Train holding U-Pick Hemp Festival
“I think it’ll be the first U-pick hemp field in Michigan,” owner Danny Bailo said. “I think for a lot of people, this is going to be the first chance in their entire life to walk through a field of cannabis.”
…“We do all the hard work for you,” Bailo’s wife Kristina said. “We grow it, we plant it and then you get to come and pick it and then dry it and cure it.”
From there, she said the options of how to use it are endless.
“You can smoke it, which is what most people do with the flower,” she said about the CBD extract. “You can make teas, you can make butter, which opens up the doors to make any bake goods.”
While the U-pick festival will likely draw those already interested in the cannabis and hemp community, they also see this as an opportunity introduce and educate those unfamiliar with the industry.
“We also have vendors (coming),” Kristina said. “We have a CBD expert that’s going to be at one of the vending tables.”
The U-pick festival will also have vendors, live music, pumpkins and other vendors selling a variety of CBD products. Visit The Hemp Train website for more about the event. They will also be opening their fields for U-Pick every day from October 4-13, 2020.The Hemp Train holding U-Pick Hemp Festival “I think it’ll be the first U-pick hemp field in Michigan,” owner Danny Bailo said. “I think for a lot of people, this is going to be the first
America’s first ‘HempTrain’ is coming to central Pa.: Here’s what it is and why it matters
Steve Groff, M.D., has opened a new hemp-based store in York County called Farmacy. Groff, also recently bought a machine to process hemp in Pa. York Daily Record
A HempTrain is ready to roll into York County.
Steve Groff, owner of Wyndrige Farm in Dallastown and a licensed physician, is purchasing a $1.5 million Canadian-made machine, named the HempTrain, that can mass process hemp. The machine will be installed in an 80,000-square-foot warehouse in Red Lion.
Groff’s HempTrain is currently being manufactured by Canadian Greenfield Technologies in Calgary, Alberta and will arrive in Red Lion in mid- to late-summer. Groff expects to be processing hemp this fall.
“It’s very exciting,” Canadian Greenfield Vice President Stephen Christensen said. “We’ve seen a huge amount of interest since the Farm bill and it’s only increasing.”
The HempTrain can process up to 5,000 acres of hemp per year and will be the first of its kind in the country.
“No other company in the United States has anything like this ready to scale up,” Groff said. “We’re buying the first machine in the country, and it’ll be right here in York County.”
Groff is launching a Company called Groff North America with his wife, Julie, and son, Taylor, who has an agriculture business degree from West Virginia University.
“They are very ‘get it done’ people. Most people we meet express a huge desire for a HempTrain, but they have some kind of turnaround window,” Christensen said. “The Groff’s saw it and basically told us that this was getting done.”
The HempTrain is a machine that can quickly and efficiently process hemp. Come summer, there will be one operating in York County. (Photo: Canadian Greenfield Technologies)
How does the HempTrain work?
The HempTrain can be fed the entire hemp plant and can separate the bast and hurd –the two components used to make fibers. It also separates the part of the plant used in cannabinoids (CBD), which have potential applications in the treatment of chronic pain, anxiety and sleep disorders without the psychoactive effects of THC found in marijuana.
The traditional way of separating the plant is a century-old process of hammer milling, something Groff said is antiquated and not nearly as efficient as the HempTrain.
“This is like comparing a rotary phone to an iPhone,” he said. “It’s much more precise, it doesn’t damage the fiber and there are a number of other values in it.”
The traditional, hand-fed hammer mill method can cost millions of dollars and can result in 30 percent loss of product through processing. The HempTrain results in less than 2 percent loss.
The future of hemp in Pa.
Since industrial hemp was declassified through the 2018 Farm Bill, the use of CBD products has exploded. But Groff sees a long-term agricultural revolution coming that surpasses the sole use of CBD.
“Most of the people getting into hemp are getting in on the gold rush of CBD, which will certainly exist for some time,” he said. “But we’re also looking long term with fibers.”
Groff said his company has had preliminary talks with companies such as Glatfelter to potentially provide a hemp fiber that would take the place of a fiber normally found in the Philippines to produce tea bags and coffee filters.
L’Oréal is also on the list of potential clients for Groff for hemp-based beauty products.
With farmers facing increasing difficulties in the state, Groff believes hemp could usher in a new era of agriculture in Pennsylvania.
“There are literally tens of thousands of uses for this plant. I come from a dairy farming family, and farming is in my blood. With all the challenges in the dairy industry and with other crops, farmers could see more revenue than corn and wheat with this,” he said. “There are certainly challenges in growing it, but we believe this can revolutionize farming in North America.”
“The market will absolutely explode, and the U.S. is the market to do it. We’ve been growing hemp for more than 20 years in Canada and we don’t have a CBD market, “Christensen said. “The U.S. has a huge demand for it and the Farm Bill opened that up to an already-interested group of people. If there’s a country that can corner the market, it’s the United States.”
Groff expects the hemp processing business to employ over 40 people with room to expand in the future.
“I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but I can definitely imagine bringing another machine down at some point,” Groff said.Wyndridge Farm owner Steve Groff is purchasing a $1.5M machine to process Pa.-grown hemp at a Red Lion facility. ]]>