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Doug Fine

Doug Fine is a comedic investigative journalist, bestselling author, and solar-powered goat herder. He has reported from five continents for The Washington Post, Wired, Salon, The New York Times, Outside, National Public Radio, and U.S. News & World Report. His work from Burma was read into the Congressional Record (by none other than pro-hemp Senator Mitch McConnell), and he won more than a dozen Alaska Press Club awards for his radio reporting from the Last Frontier.

Fine is the author of three previous books: Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution; Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living; and Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man. A website of his print work, radio work, and short films is at Twitter: organiccowboy.

photo credit: Amanda Gorski

    Doug's Upcoming Events

    • Doug Fine at Hemp is Hope Conference
      , Maui Hawaii
      August 9, 2014, 8:00 am

      As one of the first 15 states to authorize the reintroduction of the American hemp industry (and, as documented in HEMP BOUND, playing its own unique role in hemp history by hosting a rare federal study during prohibition), Hawaii on the state and private industrial level wants to be early out of the gate as the industry revives. Plus Hawaii needs hemp, for energy, for island-sourced human food and animal feed, and for soil remediation following centuries of sugar cane monoculture. Doug will keynote this one-day conference, speaking about the tri-cropping (three markets for each hemp harvest) model he blueprints in HEMP BOUND. The day will also include a hempcrete brick building hands-on workshop. More info on cost and location coming soon.

    • Doug Fine at Seattle Hempfest
      Seattle Hempfest, Seattle WA
      August 15, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Doug Fine will be the keynote speaker at this year's Seattle Hempfest on August 15-17. More details to come...

    • Doug Fine at the World Hemp Congress, Lendava, Slovenia
      August 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

      Doug Fine is a comedic investigative journalist, bestselling author, and solar-powered goat herder. His new book "Hemp Bound" sets out a blueprint for tri-cropping and marketing hemp in the 21st Century: this will be the subject of his talk at the 2014 Congress.

    • Doug Fine Address at Mother Earth News Fair
      , Seven Springs PA
      September 12, 2014, 5:30 pm

      With a talk entitled “Hemp Returns to Humanity: Building Soil Health and Farmer Revenue With Industrial Cannabis,” Doug will again address this legendary conference. Bestselling comedic investigative journalist Doug Fine has published his next groundbreaking book, HEMP BOUND. As with all of the live events connected with his books, he brings a wildly entertaining and journalistically rigorous, from-the-fields, slide accompanied storytelling show that will leave audiences who are new to the topic at once laughing and informed. In this case about the billion-dollar worldwide hemp industry that is about to emerge. The event takes place on September 12th from 4-5 PM, in Seven Springs PA.

    • Doug Fine at the International Cannabis Business Conference
      , Portland OR
      September 13, 2014, 4:20 pm

      Tying together the lessons from "Too High to Fail" and "Hemp Bound", bestselling author, investigative journalist, and solar-powered goat herder Doug Fine will speak about how to bring the cannabis plant aboveground sustainably. Fine will be joined by Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Andrew Sullivan and others. The event occurs on September 13th, from 4:20 PM-6:00 PM.

    • Doug Fine at Franklin and Marshall College
      September 19, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Doug brings the rollicking HEMP BOUND live event to one of the coolest schools in the land. Hosted by the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment at Franklin and Marshall College, he will detail the tri-cropping model he describes in HEMP BOUND: a blueprint for the return of a billion-dollar agricultural economy and a model for energy independence. Campus venue and Doug’s speaking times coming soon.

    Doug's Books

    Hemp Bound

    Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution

    In Hemp Bound, bestselling author Doug Fine embarks on a journey to meet the men and women who are testing, researching, and pioneering hemp's use in the twenty-first century. Hemp's fibers are among the planet's strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped. It's one downside? For nearly a century, it's been illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States. As the prohibition on hemp's psychoactive cousin winds down, one of humanity's longest-utilized plants will help rejuvenate the American economy.


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