Oct 01 2019

What The Hemp Is That?

By Alberta Barron for The Island Connection

What a great turnout at our first Garden Club meeting of the 2019-2020 season!

Energized by new faces and 10 new enrollments, the buzz over refreshments at the September meeting was, not surprisingly, mostly about Hurricane Dorian and the recovery in progress.

Did you miss the September meeting? Have no fear – we have a great lineup going forward. You will want to mark your calendars and join us on Friday, Oct. 11, for an exciting and perhaps controversial topic with our special guests, Lucas Snyder and W. Louis Miles: “What the HEMP is that?”

Snyder is a founder and executive director of the South Carolina Hemp Farmers Association. He has been working with hemp since 2014, following his time at The Citadel, where he entered and won a schoolwide, business plan competition promoting a hemp-based business. Since graduating in 2015, Snyder has been traveling the continent to learn more about hemp cultivation, conveying that knowledge to South Carolina farmers and giving the industry a boost with this new industrial crop.

Miles, a scientist and entrepreneur, was involved in academic research for many years following his undergraduate studies at Clemson University. He has developed a diverse skill set, drawing from years of experience in multiple disciplines, including cancer biochemistry, plant pathology, plant breeding and genetic engineering. Mainly concentrating on the functional intersection of science and business, he took a leap of faith with the development of the legal U.S. cannabis industry and led chemistry and compounding for a Colorado cannabis startup focused on pharmaceutical preparations. This direct experience with cannabis science and business inspired his return to Charleston, his hometown, and the founding of CBD Carolinas in the summer of 2018.

CBD Carolinas has transformed into a manufacturing company, Clarity Nutraceuticals. As the CEO, Miles runs the day-to-day operations and guides business development by facilitating professional collaborations and analyzing market research.

We hope to see you on Oct. 11. As always, all members and guests are welcome to attend. A $5 donation from non-members will be appreciated. Monthly agendas include light refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and a brief business report at 10, followed by the guest speaker.

The meetings, held the second Friday of each month at the Oyster Catcher Community Center, usually conclude between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For membership information, contact

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