New hemp operation takes root in Florence

QA with Rye Matthews

By Julia Purdy

Vermont Hydroponic Produce on Whipple Hollow Road in Florence has been acquired by Northeast Hemp Commodities, maker of Methodorganics health products. The landscape along the Castleton River now features acres and acres of neat rows of sprouted hemp plants emerging from their black plastic beds.

The Mountain Times caught up with owner Rye Matthews to learn more about this burgeoning industry.

Mountain Times: This was once a hydroponics operation raising tomatoes. When did you take over?

Rye Matthews: We’re one year old this year. more at

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