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Hmong Hemp

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While in Thailand this past winter, I noticed the Hmong leading the hemp revolution with full steam.  In the highlands of Southeast Asia, hemp has long been produced for everyday clothing, household objects and ceremony. In fact, it is a key component of funeral rituals, where the deceased is fully dressed in hemp. Children even demonstrate respect for their elders by preparing such garments for them long before they die. Hemp is a rain-fed crop that does not rely on additional irrigation or pesticides to flourish, making them naturally friendly to the environment.  They can also be planted close together, making it...

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Thailand

It is so nice to be back in Thailand. A country full of family, friends, delicious flavors and vibrant colors.   When people ask me where they should go when in Thailand, I usually rattle off a long list of things....but I think my absolute favorite is Mae Hong Son Province.  Not too off the beaten path, but definitely not on it either... Get yourself to Chiang Mai and from there, you have two road options; both require about 5 hours of driving. If you take route 1095 via Pai (280 km)- you may want to take some Dramamine as it is a...

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