Eco-Ag U Course Instructor

Meet the leader of this course:


Doug Fine

Doug Fine is a solar-powered goat herder, comedic investigative journalist, bestselling author, and pioneer voice in regenerative farming, including cannabis/hemp. He has cultivated hemp for food and seed-building in four US states and teaches a Sterling College hemp class in Vermont. In addition, he is an award-winning culture and climate correspondent from five continents (for NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others). His books include American Hemp Farmer, Hemp Bound, Too High to Fail, Farewell, My Subaru (a Boston Globe Bestseller available in two Chinese dialects), Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man, and First Legal Harvest, a monograph that was printed on hemp paper. Willie Nelson calls Doug’s work “a blueprint for the America of the future.” The Washington Post says, “Fine is a storyteller in the mold of Douglas Adams.” A website of Doug’s print and radio work, United Nations testimony, television appearances and TED Talk is at Social media: @organiccowboy.
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Sample Course Video

Watch Doug Fine speak about an overview of his hemp operation.

Doug Fine's students will learn . . .

  • How to Prepare Your Soil for Premium Hemp

  • How to Select the Right Genetics & Seeds

  • How and When to Plant

  • Flower Processing and Extraction Techniques

  • Seed and Fiber Processing Techniques

  • How to Create a Hemp Brand

  • The Rules and Regulations of Growing Hemp

  • And More!

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Prepping The Field By Nurturing Microbes

    • We're All Soil Farmers Now

    • Fungus First: Gathering Mycelium

    • Cover Cropping and Weeding

    • Soil Tests, Manure, Alfalfa, Trace Minerals, and Not Much Else

    • Water Options and Strategies

    • Organic Certification

    • Chapter 2 Quiz

  • 3

    Choosing Genetics

    • Selecting the Seeds Depends On the Applications For Which you are Growing

    • Seeds or Clones?

    • Post Gold-Rush Flower Applications

    • Seed, the Superfood

    • Fiber Requires Acreage And Cooperation

    • The Wild West of Hemp Genetics

    • Chapter 3 Quiz

  • 4

    Planting Day Bliss

    • The Soil is Ready, You Have the Seeds, It’s Planting Day: Where to Start

    • Hand Planting Versus the Seed Drill

    • Watering Protocol: With Seeds In the Ground, Do A Rain Dance, But Avoid Overwatering

    • Weeding and Thinning

    • When They Pop, They Really Pop! Take a Moment to Appreciate the Miracle of Germination and Bifurcation

    • Chapter 4 Quiz

  • 5

    Midseason Panic Attacks And How To Deal With Them

  • 6

    A Tale of Two Harvests: Hand and Combine

    • How to Know When a Seed (Grain) Field is Ripe for Harvest

    • A Tale of Two Harvests, Part 1: Combine Harvest Adventures

    • A Tale of Two Harvests, Part 2: Hand Harvest on Hallowween, Oregon, 2018

    • Sinsemilla Flower Harvest

    • The Art and Flow of Drying, Curing and Aging Seed and Flower

    • Chapter 6 Quiz

  • 7

    Processing Like a Shaman

    • Double, Double Toil and Terpenes: An Overview of Processing Modes and Costs

    • Seed Markets, Processing Techniques and Costs

    • Fiber Markets, Processing Techniques and Costs

    • White Labeling and Toll Processing

    • Chapter 7 Quiz

  • 8

    Regenerative Marketing

    • Create Your Obvious Brand

    • Welcome to Hemp Terroir

    • Regenerative Packaging

    • Service Radius and Endgame

    • The Farming Year Isn't Over at Harvest Anymore

  • 9

    The Business Side: Regulations, Permitting and Structuring Your Enterprise

    • Acquiring Your State Permit

    • Set Up Your Hemp Entity Early

    • Removing the THC Burden from Farmers

    • Food-Grade Hemp

    • Creating Our Top Shelf Niche Regulations

    • Why Some Hemp Entities Succeed, But Others Don't

    • Chapter 9 Quiz

  • 10

    The Future of Hemp

Multiple Ways to Learn

This course includes dozens of in-field videos, explanatory text, helpful review checkpoints and more. Learn from the best minds in the hemp universe, as Doug Fine brings in friends and cohorts to also share their experience in the hemp industry.

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