New book tracks growth of hemp on Black Dirt farms

Cheetah Haysom's book 'Pride and Produce' also come with an update on the growth of agritourism in this rare fertile farmland.

| 16 Dec 2019 | 12:19

“Pride and Produce," the sold-out book about the fertile Black Dirt farming region of Orange County, is about to be reprinted.

The Third edition, with updates that include news about the growth of CBD-Hemp, will be available in digital versions just before Christmas.

The new edition has two new sections. One covers some of the changes in the Black Dirt valley since the book first came out late in 2016, including efforts to curb flooding and the growth of agritourism in this rare fertile farmland.

The second new section covers the rapid growth of hemp farming for cannabidiol (CBD) – a wellness medication – throughout the Black Dirt farmlands. At least 20 farmers put a total of about 700 acres under hemp this 2019 season.

Farming hemp for CBD has taken off across the United States – including New York State – as sales for the CBD as a wellness medication have soared.

However, the future market for CBD is uncertain.

The book is written by Cheetah Haysom, an award-winning journalist who lived in the Black Dirt Region for 25 years and was for two years the president of the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce in the heart of the Black Dirt.

The digital copy will be available from various e-outlets mid December. Readers can find links by going to

New print editions will hit the market around New Year. It will be available at many food and retail outlets in the area, including Newhard’s in Warwick, the Harvest Diner and CJ’s Country Market in Pine Island, Werner’s and Quaker Creek in Florida and from Linda’s Office Supply in Goshen.

The book will also be sold at the Warwick Valley Winery.

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