Heady Vermont is thrilled to announce the first annual Vermont Hemp Fest at Burke Mountain, a day-long event that provides educational resources and community connections for those with an interest in Agricultural Hemp in Vermont, including landowners, entrepreneurs, farmers, artisans, and investors.

Hemp Fest will kick off with a pre-registration party on Friday, September 8 for those who wish to start off the weekend early. Exhibitor displays, workshops and programming will take place on Saturday, September 9 in the brand-new Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center. Sponsors include UVM Extension Agriculture, Ceres Natural Remedies, the Vermont Hemp Company, Humble Roots Horticulture and PhytoScience Institute. Media sponsors include Front Porch Forum.

Kentucky farmer, veteran and Growing Warriors founder Michael Lewis will present the Hemp Fest keynote in the morning. Additional panel session presenters include the Vermont Agricultural Extension, who will share practical information for Vermont landowners and farmers; the Vermont Hemp Company, who will share information and answer questions about planting, cultivating, and harvesting hemp in Vermont; and Ceres PM, who will lead a ‘CBD 101’ workshop, to discuss the current possible uses for ‘cannabidiol’, a non-psychoactive compound that has been used to treat seizure disorders, PTSD, concussion recovery, and increasingly for general wellness.

On Saturday evening following exhibitions and workshops, there will be dining opportunities at Burke Mountain View Pub and in the surrounding Burke/Lyndonville area, followed by live music at the resort until late-night. On Sunday, Heady Vermont will host a members and sponsors-only party with live music, food and beverages at a neighboring farm. 

Check out the tabs above for additional information including the first-ever Vermont Hemp Pitch Competition, ticketing, schedule, lodging, activities, directions, sponsor and exhibitor information! 


Photo by Adam Lukowski

Photo by Adam Lukowski / adamlukowski.com

Hemp in Vermont and Beyond

As the future of recreational and medical marijuana remains uncertain, there is no doubt about the growth of the national hemp industry. Forbes recently reported that the legal CBD hemp market is estimated to grow 700% by 2020 alone — to say nothing of hemp oil fuels, plastics, food products, paper, fabric, building materials and other markets that continue to develop as more states allow production of agricultural hemp.

Hemp is defined practically as cannabis that has less than .3% of the compound THC, the cannabinoid of the plant showing psychoactive effects. Historically, hemp was a government-mandated crop grown by American settlers (and carried by sailors) and even inspired Vermont’s own industrial revolution via the Fairbanks Scales, originally invented to weigh wagon loads of hemp.

Pitch Competition

Heady Vermont begins accepting applications for the Hemp Fest Business Pitch Competition presented by Purple Fox Engineering, starting on July 10, 2017 (see form below). This competition is aimed at entrepreneurs who wish to launch or develop their hemp or cannabis business in Vermont. 

Important Dates
Application Available: July 10
Applications Closed: July 24
Finalists Announced: July 31

Application information available to the public as of July 10. Entries close on July 24. Five finalists will be announced on July 31, and will make their pitches to a panel of judges during Hemp Fest. The winner will be announced at the end of the day and receive substantial four-figure cash prize to jump start their business, as well as professional business development services. See application information below!


Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 7.

Your ticket gains you admission to the pre-registration party on Friday, September 8, as well as the full day of exhibitors, workshops, speakers and music on Saturday, September 9. All ticketholders also receive discounted group rates for rooms at the Burke Hotel and activities at the resort.

Advance Tickets (up to Thursday, September 7):

Heady Vermont Members: $10
Non-Members: $20

Day-of Tickets: $20

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Not a Heady Vermont member? Become one today! Members gain access to member-only events, exclusive partner offers, member newsletter and discounts at participating Vermont businesses. When you sign up, you’ll receive a Heady Vermont member card and tee, as well as a login and link to the member landing page, which contains discount codes (including for Vermont Hemp Fest) and statewide partner offers from participating businesses.

Heady Vermont Membership (annual)
Individuals: $40
Patients & Caregivers: $25

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Friday, September 8 
4:00 p.m. Hotel Guest Registration Begins
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Camper Registration at Campground Sugar Shack
6-8 p.m. Pre-Registration Party & Happy Hour*
* Discounted room rates available for Friday evening (see Lodging tab)

Saturday, September 9
9 a.m. Exhibitor Booths Open
10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker Mike Lewis & Opening Remarks
11-12:30 p.m. Sessions I and II
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. Sessions III and IV
3-4 p.m. Break
4-5:30 p.m. Sessions V and VI
5:30 p.m. Pitch Competition
6:30 p.m. Pitch Competition Winner Announced
7 p.m. Exhibitor Booths Close
7 p.m. Live Music Begins
10 p.m. Live Music Ends

Sunday, September 10
8 a.m. Outdoor Activities & Breakfast
11 a.m. Hotel Guest Checkout
1 p.m. Heady Vermont Sponsors & Members Farm Party

Check back here for a full schedule by July 31.


Keynote: Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is a pioneer, a Kentucky hemp farmer, a proud U.S. veteran, and the Founder of Growing Warriors, which since 2012 has helped over 65 veteran families grow more than 18,000 pounds of organic food, and exists to equip, assist, and train our nation’s military veterans in agriculture production for themselves, their families, and the nation.

Session I: Introduction to Hemp

Hemp 101, including the difference between hemp and marijuana, the laws regarding hemp cultivation in Vermont, and the necessary conditions for the cultivation and processing of various hemp crops in the northeast.

Session II: The Hemp Landscape and Industry in 2017

The Hemp Industry in 2017 and Beyond – What are the processing requirements for hemp and what markets exist for hemp-based products?

Session III: The Pharmacology of Hemp… What is CBD and How are Hemp Products Being Used for Health & Wellness?

What is the endocannabinoid system and how does it interact with various cannabinoids? What is ‘cannabidiol’ or CBD and how is it being used for health and wellness? What kind of products are being produced currently?

*Includes live demonstration

Session IV: Growing a Hemp Business in Vermont & Beyond

Information and inspiration for starting an agricultural or (any) business in Vermont, including where to find resources for starting a business, how to create a business plan, where to look for collaborators and much more…

Session V: Hempcrete, Hemp Fiber, Hempanol, and Hemp Fiberglass

While CBD is getting more national attention, ground-breaking research is being conducted in labs and fields across the country to explore the potential for hemp products to become cheaper, more sustainable alternatives for building materials, fuels, plastics, fibers, and much more … Learn from the pioneers and industry leaders cultivating new markets for the diverse hemp plant.

Session VI: Vermont Hemp Product Showcase

Presentations some of the Vermont pioneers presently growing hemp businesses in Vermont.


Burke Mountain offers several options for Vermont Hemp Fest attendees, including hotel rooms and camping.


Burke Mountain Hotel is offering discounted rooms to all attendees of Vermont Hemp Fest. Use the promo code HFEST when you book your room for a 25% discounted rate of $112/night (+ taxes and fees). This code is valid from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Options include Standard and Deluxe Studios, as well as One and Two-Bedroom Suites. Standard and Deluxe Studios offer a kitchenette with cooktop, sink, microwave, coffee pot, oversized mini-fridge. One and Two-Bedroom Suites include a full kitchen with oven and dishwasher. Some studios and all suites include balconies, pull-out queen sleeper sofas and fireplaces. All hotel studios and suites include complimentary Wifi, satellite TV, media hub and dining tables.

Additional amenities at Burke Mountain include a year-round outdoor heated pool and hot tub, fitness center, family arcade, coin-operated guest laundry, and views from every window of Willoughby Gap or Burke Mountain. 

Get additional info about Burke Mountain Hotel rooms on their site.

To make your reservation please call (866) 966-4820 or book online here.

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To contact the Burke Mountain Hotel front desk call (802) 626-7400.

Check in Time: 4:00pm     /     Check out Time: 11:00am


Located between the Sherburne Base Lodge and Mid Burke Lodge, the Burke Campground offers 25 sites, including 5 lean-to’s, for campers from May through late October. The Campground provides easy access to the Burke Mountain Bike Park and Kingdom Trails and is the perfect starting point for hiking in the surrounding Victory State Forest.

To book a campsite or lean-to at Burke Mountain for Vermont Hemp fest, please call (802) 626 7400 or book camping online.

All guests are required to check in at the Campground Sugar Shack between 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. 

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 May – June 30  $35.00  $45.00  $30.00  $40.00  
 July 1 – August 31  $45.00  $50.00  $40.00  $45.00  
 Sept. 1 – Oct. 15  $40.00  $45.00  $35.00  $40.00 


Exhibitors & Sponsors: A limited number of discounted suites and studios are available to exhibitors and sponsors. If you have already signed on with us for our Exhibitor with Room package, or a sponsorship, we will reserve your room for you ahead of time. Please email eli@headyvermont.com with any questions.



The Northeast Kingdom isn’t exactly around the corner for most folks, but Burke is just 7 miles off Interstate 91, near Exit 23. It’s around 1.5 hours from Montpelier, two hours from Burlington and three hours from Boston.


Take Interstate 91 to Exit 23. Take Route 5 through Lyndonville for two miles. Bear right onto VT route 114 for four miles through East Burke Village and take a right onto Mountain Road. Follow Mountain Road one mile to the Sherburne Base Lodge entrance. Easy, right? It’s only three turns off a major interstate, but in case you need a map – here you go


223 Sherburne Lodge Road
East Burke, VT 05832
Call (802) 626-7300 for questions.


2559 Mountain Road
East Burke, VT 05832
Call front desk (802) 626-7400 for questions.

Directions on the Burke Mountain website.



The View Pub (Open Daily)

The View Pub serves lunch and dinner daily, located on the second floor in the east wing of the Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center. Contact directly at 802-626-7460 and follow The View Pub on facebook

Spring Pub Hours

Sunday – Thursday (Lunch, Dinner) 11:00 am 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday (Lunch, Dinner) 11:00 am 9:00 pm

Click here for Pub Menu.  Questions give us a call (802) 626-7460.

Edmund’s Coffee Shop

Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center

Edmund’s Coffee Shop serves fresh USDA Organic Coffees from Vermont Coffee Company.  Other goodies include breakfast sandwiches and pastries.  Edmund’s is located on the second floor adjacent to the pool and the Vertical Drop retail store.

The Coffee Shop is open Thursday through Sunday from 7:30 am to 11 am.



Mountain Biking

There are close to a hundred miles of cross-country mountain biking trails all around Burke Mountain. If you’ve heard of Kingdom Trails, then you know they are some of the best anywhere in the country. The trail-side Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center is situated mid-mountain with secure (inside) bike storage. Burke also offers bike n’ stay packages for a true bike-in bike-out experience!


 Thursday (NEW for this year.  Thursday lift-service begins Thurs, June 29th)  3:00 pm  7:00 pm
 Friday (Friday lift-service begins Friday, June 9th; Twilight ticket 3-7pm)  10:00 am  7:00 pm
 Saturday  10:00 am   6:00 pm
 Sunday (Sunday twilight ticket 2-6pm)  10:00 am   6:00 pm
 Holidays (Monday May 29th, Monday July 3, Monday Sept. 4 & Monday Oct. 9)  10:00 am  4:00 pm


Official Sponsors


UVM Agricultural Extension

Through partnerships with other non-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies, UVM Extension brings up-to-date research-based knowledge to Vermont’s thriving agricultural community. Ensuring a high quality and healthy harvest requires education and planning. UVM Extension supports farmers through research, workshops and in-person assistance in the areas of forage, pasture and grazing; hay and haylage; corn silage and grain; hops; soil and nutrient management; and more.


Ceres Natural Remedies

Unlock the healing power of nature at Ceres Natural Remedies. Vermont’s largest knowledge base and selection of hemp-based CBD products for adults and pets. Stop into one of our locations or contact us to learn more about natural remedies for stress, pain, anxiety & inflammation.


Vermont Hemp Company

The Vermont Hemp Company is predicated upon applied research and commoditization of hemp in the State of Vermont. Our efforts are designed to return equity to farmers via a distributed economic model, and we are proud to work with dozens of organic farms throughout the state. As a fully federally compliant business, we are unique in holding DEA-accepted research protocols. We are unique in our strategic partnerships with multiple universities in multiple states.

Our efforts have included presentations at numerous professional events, legislative testimonials and countless contributions to publications and professional business intelligence reports. The Vermont Hemp Company supports UVM, The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, The State of Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, NOFA-VT, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Lake Champlain International and more. The Vermont Hemp Company practices regenerative principles in both agriculture and industry.  


Humble Roots Horticulture

Humble Roots Horticulture is a small, family-owned, start-up company based in the Burlington, Vermont area. Inspired by Vermont’s craft brewers and rich agricultural past, our hemp farm cultivates and creates natural alternatives for everyday people.

We are focused on establishing a relationship between humans and nature, through responsibly cultivated remedies, education, and community for those who seek to reconnect with their environment.

We grow 100% organic hemp with no-till farming practices. Instead of using industrial agricultural equipment to till the land, we allow worms, often called “nature’s plow,” to do the work for us. By never tilling our soil, we are maximizing its biodiversity by using locally-sourced compost and brewing our own organic compost tea. We plant companion crops with our hemp plants to boost the health of the soil and increase bio-availability of naturally occurring nutrients. Together, the companion crops and high-CBD hemp plants exist synergistically. 

These sustainable agricultural practices minimize our impact on the environment and restores the land to a better state than we found it in.

Our initial line of artisanal, hand-harvested CBD products will be available in late 2017. 

PhytoScience Institute

PhytoScience Institute Vermont

PhytoScience Institute, located in Waterbury, Vermont, is a center of excellence in cannabis research and education. Our mission is to advance consumer safety and product quality in the fast-growing cannabis and hemp industry through the development and implementation of systematic, multi-level quality assurance processes. Leveraging a multidisciplinary team of scientists and medical experts, we research and develop innovative solutions to systemic challenges in the cannabis space. 

Our services include state-of-the-art analytical testing, supercritical CO2 extraction, and product development. PhytoScience Institute also designs and implements scientifically-sound outcome studies to test product formulations and delivery mechanisms for a variety of clients.

For more information, please visit www.phytoscienceinstitute.com or email info@phytoscienceinstitute.com.

Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum‘s mission is to help neighbors connect and build community. We do that by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood forums.

Common sense and a growing body of research tell us that well-connected neighborhoods are friendlier places to live, with less crime, healthier residents, higher property values, and better service from local government and public utilities.

Front Porch Forum was started in 2006 to serve its founders’ hometown of Burlington, Vermont. More than two-thirds of Burlington households now subscribe to FPF. Members have shared hundreds of thousands of postings among nearby neighbors about all sorts of topics: lost dogs, car break-ins, plumber recommendations, school budgets, block parties, helping neighbors in need, and much more.



Heady Vermont is seeking select exhibitors for Vermont Hemp Fest.

  • Exhibitor with room: $300 early bird/$400 after July 21
    • Includes 1 night stay at Burke hotel on Saturday Night
      • Additional night available at discounted group rate
    • 2 chairs, 2 exhibitor badges, 6-foot table per spot
    • Vending privileges
    • Listing in program/website with logo and 100-word description
  • Exhibitor only (no room): $200 early bird/$300 after July 21
  • Discounted (25%) exhibitor rate for Business Members

EXHIBITORS: Please fill out the application below to get the process started. We’ll follow up with an invoice and get you on the show materials. Email Events Manager Eli Harrington for exhibitor questions.


We have a small handful of sponsor opportunities left for Vermont Hemp Fest.

Updated 7/14: All our title sponsor spots are filled, but we do have pre-registration party, music and bag & badge sponsor spots available.

  • Sponsors receive:
    • Prominent logo on event collateral and promo materials, including website and event program
    • Preferred exhibitor table placement
    • Discounted exhibitor pricing for additional tables
    • One free Saturday night stay and additional discounted room rates
    • Access to VIP/Sponsor Lounge and Saturday VIP Networking Hour
    • Four admission tickets to Vermont Hemp Fest for guests
    • Promotion across all platforms, including sponsored social media ads and digital media ads, inclusion in press releases and print promotion

Please email Events Manager Eli Harrington for a full Sponsorship Overview.


What is this event about?

  • Vermont Hemp Festival is about promoting working landscapes and economic development, especially in rural northern New England, including the Northeast Kingdom. There will be exhibitions, presentations from experts, and resources for attendees.

Who is this event for?

  • Any and everyone with an interest in the thousands of potential possibilities of the hemp plant. This group includes landowners and farmers with an interest in cultivating this value-added crop; entrepreneurs and artisans interested in producing hemp products in Vermont and beyond; and those who simply want to learn more about the potential of hemp.

When is this event?

  • The presentations, exhibitions, and educational workshops will all be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Discounted hotel rates are available for the public from Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4 via the Burke Mountain website with the code “HFEST”
  • There will be a welcome reception on the night of Friday, September 8 for those who wish to arrive ahead of time.

Where is this event?

  • This is being held at the Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center, a beautiful new 116-room hotel on the slopes of world-renown Burke Mountain, in the ‘Northeast Kingdom’ region of Vermont, easily accessible from I-91. Burke Mountain is accessible for hiking, features world-class mountain-biking via Kingdom Trails and the Burke Bike Park, and is 20 minutes from Lake Willoughby.

How do I get there?

  • Please see the “Directions” tab for how to get to Burke Mountain.

Are you including medical or recreational cannabis?

  • This event is strictly distinct from other variations of the cannabis plant and is only focused on internationally-defined hemp as cannabis plants with <.3% THC used in legal products.

Is this a political event?

  • We invite all relevant politicians and state officials to discuss the present legal frameworks in the state and beyond and invite all political viewpoints and opinions. The promotion of agricultural hemp for working landscapes and value-added agriculture enjoys broad political support and any supporters of agricultural hemp are welcome, regardless of their opinion of medical or recreational cannabis.
  • Official event political discussion and presentations will be limited to agricultural hemp and not broader legalization of cannabis for recreational use and/or medical marijuana reform.
  • The event organizers firmly support further cannabis reforms in Vermont but also recognize that for the benefit of the development of agricultural hemp, it’s crucial to separate these issues. There will be other cannabis events in the future that are all-inclusive, but the Vermont Hemp Festival is specifically and explicitly for hemp.

Is cannabis paraphernalia allowed at Hemp Fest?

  • There will not be glassware or cannabis-smoking devices for sale, and consumption of illegal drugs on the premises is forbidden. Any vaporizing of legal nicotine or CBD products is allowed in designated outdoor areas.
  • All ages are welcome. Presenters and exhibitors may display or depict legal hemp leaves and even live hemp plants. No psychoactive compounds may be exhibited, displayed, or consumed as part of the Vermont Hemp Festival.

Are dogs allowed?

  • Only service dogs are allowed in the hotel and conference center area. However, dogs are welcome in the campground and outdoor areas.

Is this event family-friendly?

  • Yes! Kids under 12 get in free, and Burke Mountain offers a variety of family-friendly accommodations and activities.

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