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The world of hemp, from cultivation to processing in Umbria

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The world of hemp, from cultivation to processing in Umbria

Rediscover the origins of one of the oldest crafts in the region

On this tour you’ll discover the many different facets of a once-abandoned plant that has contributed extensively to our land, our traditions and our craftsmen. In many parts of our region, hemp has not only always found fertile ground in which to grow and flourish, but it has always been used by farmers and artisans for both textile and food purposes.

Several decades ago hemp’s fibre and flowers were abandoned due to the massive use of plastic to produce tools and fabrics and in the industrialization of the food industry. In recent years, however, as a result of renewed interest in a return to simplicity and genuine products, several associations and craft-based companies have developed that are slowly reviving the hemp plant and its processing. There are several uses, all strictly limited to artisanal production.

During this tour you will discover one of these uses, which was amongst the most common in the past: hemp paper. You’ll be able to watch the manufacturing process, from the processing of the plant’s stem to the creation of paper, and then make some sheets yourself.

At the end of the workshop we will take you to see the hemp crop accompanied by our expert staff who will be able to illustrate the various stages of cultivation and various uses so that you understand the immense potential of this plant, even in sectors you would never imagine.

The tour will end with a tasting of products made with hemp oil and hemp flour at a fascinating farm in the municipality of Bevagna.

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Plan

  1. 1
    paper making craft shop
  2. 2
    field visit
  3. 3
    introduction to the plantation process
  4. 4
    hemp made gourmet product tasting

Recommended clothing

  • We recommend comfortable or casual clothing. You’ll be walking in fields full of flowers, so leave your smart shoes at home.
  • Bring a windcheater/anorak with you, even if the activity takes place in the summer months.

Included

  • During this activity you will be accompanied by someone from the company.
  • A visit to the cultivation site.
  • Tasting of hemp-based products
  • Laboratorio artigianale di fabbricazione della carta.

Not included

  • No other equipment is included, so you will need to equip yourself with whatever accessories you feel necessary, such as walking sticks, sunglasses, binoculars, etc.
  • Everything that’s not listed under the heading ‘what is included’.

Time

The activity will last about 4 hours.

Languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • French

When

You can enjoy this experience throughout the year but the herbs and flowers that you will find during the walk will change according to the seasons. In winter a smaller ‘harvest’ should be expected, but the meal/tasting will be equally delicious in every season.

Children

This activity is also suitable for children.

Pet policy

Pets are generally allowed, if easily managed. We invite you to liaise with our staff to check whether you can bring along your four-legged friend.

Requirements

Get ready to learn and have fun.

Impaired mobility

The activity is also suitable for people with motor or other disabilities. In any case, we invite you to discuss your needs with our staff. If you find out that the experience is not suited to you (or others in your group) we will be happy to offer you an alternative activity or a full refund.

Important

  • This activity can only be undertaken in favourable weather conditions, which will be evaluated by our partner and confirmed 48 hours in advance. In case of poor weather conditions we will immediately contact you and propose an alternative activity or a refund of the price paid.
  • This activity is subject to our operators’ availability. We have a large selection of collaborators capable of leading this activity, but if on the day you selected we do not have operators availabile, we will immediately, or in any case within 48 hours of booking, suggest an alternative activity you might wish to do or the choice of receiving a full refund of the price paid.
  • The times shown in the program are indicative and may vary according to your requests or those of the other participants in the group. These are always and in any case previously agreed with our staff or with the guide.
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Cancellation policy

If you cancel the reservation for this activity up to 24 hours before the event we will refund you 100% of the price.

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