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I was featured in the Lancaster County New Era in 1997 - 20 years ago at the ECO-AG Conference in the Lancaster Host Resort - a little bit of history - more to be added near the end - 

Acres USA Pennsylvania Hemp Industry association Pre Hempzel's 1997

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Ah memories - I set up as the Pennsylvania Hemp Industries Information Assocation selling / showing Ohio Hempery items, displaying Jack Heror's Book THe Emperor Wears No Clothes - Representing Carol Miller of Hemp Essentials out of California who was making hemp lip balms, salves, soaps all with hemp oil. 1997 - the day before I met Ralph Amato who had started No Problem Inc which evolved into Hempzels® - a day before I met Les Stark who was working with his Uncle Barry and Grandfathers vending business.

 

Got the Munchies? Hempzels make their debut Nov 21, 1997

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Ralph Amato financed No Problem Inc. which first starting developing Hempzels® in 1997 - Mark Tucci & Donald Riese promoted and helped develop the business in it's infancy before Shawn P. House purchased it in 1998 when the DEA was starting to talk about banning hemp foods. We've come a long way - 

 

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Pequea Silver Mine Project Feast

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New Signs Of Hemp A Nod To Its History hempzel's event

Debbie Frantz was a big supporter of mine, hemp and offered her former health food store - It's Only Natural? - that we could hold a feast news conference before the Silver mine hemp project (disaster :)

Conestoga Wagon Hempzels

 That was a big tent to rent, thanks to Tom Grassell, Jim and other trustees who came down to the Pequea Township Meeting when the supervisors where going to deny the permit - 

 

Hemp Meetings First One at Yoder's Restaurant 1999

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One of two meetings held in Lancaster County at Yoder's Restaurant - this is when my office was at Faye Diesel's on Main Street in Blue Ball - I now owned Hempzels & No Problem Inc, I put ads in the Lancaster County Farming Paper and invited farmers and interested parties to hear speakers. This article will document what was done as more information is dug up from the archives.. This first meeting we I had Robert Rex of the Friendly Chameleon address the farmers, Bryn B, Jim & Les Stark helped out - still looking for more documents.

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New Twist For An Old Treat - Hempzels 2nd Place winner 1999 Ralph Amato

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RIP - Ralph Amato - I met him in 1997 he came down to introduce himself after seeing the article I was in at the Eco-Ag Conference by Acres USA - I worked with him as Hempzels(tm) was being introduced - later I would set my office up in his shared space at Faye Diesel in New Holland, Pennsylvania. I purchased the business from Ralph in the process of when the company was being subpoened from the attempt to ban hemp foods. RIP Ralph I think about you often, I found this article in the archives, more to come.

2nd Lancaster County Hemp Meetings at Yoders

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This was the 2nd event - the year before I had invited Robert Rex of the Friendly Chameleon Paper Company to speak to the farmers - this event I was honored John Howell came down and Jean Laprise - that year the President of New Holland Ford provided $100 to offset my cost - he couldn't attend but sent his top 2 engineers who listened to Kennex Jean's Laprise talk about using modified John Deere equipment to harvest their hemp. That's changed in 2015.

 

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Hemp Heals Music Fest 2012 Shawn of Hempzels Speaks

<p> Off the cuff I was honored to be one of the speakers for the East Coast Hemp Heals Event instigated by Riles Cote a former Philadelphia Flyer - the "Enforcer" who is a firm believer in hemp for healing. My talk to the crowd - thanks Les Stark for capturing this moment in 2012 - I spoke again in 2013 - if you have a copy - contact us. Thanks.

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