Heady Vermont Expands Team And Plans For Summer Farm Jam And Guide Launch
Heady Vermont has had big changes over the last month. Co-founder and COO Eli Harrington left in late May to pursue other career opportunities in the cannabis industry, after which co-founder and CEO Monica Donovan took the helm of this grassroots-grown organization.
Donovan has promoted staffer and cannabis podcaster Kathryn Blume to the role of communications director, and made her a minority owner of the organization. Blume brings a long history as an actor, writer, climate activist, and public speaker to the work of ushering cannabis culture into the light of mainstream life.
Also new to the Heady Vermont team are Sales and Outreach Coordinators Christina Hall and Kelly McDowell, along with Marketing Coordinator Erin Doble.
“As Heady Vermont expands its offerings and reach, we’re so excited to have this brilliant, badass team in place.”
Hall, a Vermont native and accomplished vocalist, studied business and political science at Johnson State College, and spent the last six years as a senior account executive for Great Eastern Radio.
McDowell has a Bachelors of Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability from Goddard. She’s passionate about spreading her vision for a more socially conscious and sustainable fashion industry using the power of natural materials like hemp.
Doble, an animal lover and photographer with an associates in Business Administration from Community College of Vermont, came to Heady Vermont from Champlain Valley Dispensary, where she spent three years working as an operations assistant.
“As Heady Vermont expands its offerings and reach, we’re so excited to have this brilliant, badass team in place,” says Donovan. “It coincides beautifully with our upcoming Farm Jam, which is our first major event in southern Vermont.”
The Farm Jam, a celebration of Vermont’s first year of legal cannabis, takes place Saturday, July 20, from 12-8pm, at Bordertown Farm in Brattleboro. Sponsored by Vermont Hempicurean, Sarabia Holistic, Coyote River Hemp Company, and MCR Labs, the Farm Jam will feature workshops on growing, making and processing, a genetics swap, exhibitors, food trucks, live music including a set by Dopapod guitarist Rob Compa and designated consumption areas. Meadow Eliz and Mowgli Giannitti of The Melting Nomads will kick off the music at 4 p.m. after a special announcement from Heady Vermont. The Farm Jam will also host a book signing of the cannabis courtesy book “Higher Etiquette” by Lizzie Post, co-president of the Emily Post Institute.
The Farm Jam additionally serves as the launch of The New England Cannabis Guide, Heady Vermont’s first print publication, showcasing New England cannabis businesses and attractions from Maine to Rhode Island.