Feral Hemp

Feral Hemp

Date: May 2019

Location: University of Minnesota

Faculty PI:  Tom Michaels, Professor of Horticulture
Librarian Project Manager:   Shane Nackerud

Libraries Team: Kristen Cooper, Marlys McGuire, Kathy Allen, Julie Kelly, Kristen Mastel, Ryan Mattke, Colin Jones (Grad RA)

Sprint Activities and Accomplishments

The challenge was to find diverse populations of feral hemp in the state of Minnesota. The objective was to find private and public lands where there is a high probability of finding feral hemp plants and then map those locations.  Dr. Michaels hopes to initiate a hemp breeding project to introduce new cultivars of hemp for fiber, grain and CBD production specifically adapted to conditions in our state. Dr. Michaels also wanted research done on the Kentucky hemp cultivars that may have supplied hemp growers in Minnesota in the 1930s and 40s, and we agreed to create a bibliography of hemp production in Minnesota since the early 1900s.

Activities included: 

-Setting up a shared, organized Zotero bibliography, Feral Hemp in Minnesota.  

-Using print and online indexes, researched Kentucky hemp cultivars and added those to the bibliography.

-Scoured newspaper archives, university archives, MHS archives, national archives, bibliographic databases, internet tools, obituaries, government documents, county historical records, Minnesota digital library, and more for any records of pre-1950s hemp farms in Minnesota

-Using county plat books to pinpoint farm locations, mapped locations of hemp farms found into an ArcGIS StoryMap.