Hempstock CT 2022
DescriptionAnnual Hempstock Music Festival @bettertogetherct.org
By Stefana Pecher, MD, Director Better Together CT Inc
On Saturday August 6, 2022, Better Together CT Inc Farm & Sanctuary will be hosting the Annual Hempstock Music Festival in North Stonington, CT celebrating sustainability, regenerative farming and the importance of working with the whole hemp plant. Meet experts in the field and other hemp related industry experts from UCONN, URI and others while enjoying fantastic music at a beautiful organic country farm.
Join us at our family friendly musical event full of education and great eats created by the Better Together CT Inc Farm & Sanctuary. Our produce is grown with love organically and sustainably using regenerative farming techniques. Additionally, visit our array of vendors booths, a spotlight on Enjoy 8 local musical and dance artists plus mingle with our 6 featured speakers from 12 to 9 p.m. Consult with our vendor partners to learn about everything hemp: from soil to oil in a fun filled family friendly environment:
But the real beneficiary of the day focuses on the primary mission of @Better Together CT Inc Farm & Sanctuary and the Country Wellness Center @yourcountrydoctor.com are the Veterans/First Responders who have access to free Veteran programs at our facility.
HempstockCT is held in North Stonington, CT, and is an annual event on track to raise $20,000 for Veteran programs addressing PTSD chronic pain, anxiety, and other issues caused by trauma and prolonged periods of stress, but it’s also an exercise in community-building, sustainability and a carbon neutral future. A lack of community/connection is the primary root cause of opioid and other addiction, as well as suicide.
We also have a goal of raising $10,000 to help cover costs related to taking care of our mini-herd. Money raised for this purpose will be used to purchase “Staples for the Stable” - Including but not limited to grain, hay, bedding, brushes, feed, supplements and other care items and “Medical for the Mini’s” - Veterinary Care for the mini-herd and any other rescued animals residing on the farm.
Most of the musicians are Connecticut and Rhode Island-based. Yao CupaTea Blues will be playing at the welcome gate. Niki Gambrell Shadow Dancer Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation and EPTN drummers will open the show with a blessing, drumming and shadow dance. The lineup includes Hartford’s Mixashawn Rozie showcasing the album Metaphysical tourist, Dopey Lopes and the UpAllNight Band (CT, RI), Hannah’s Field (CT), North Stonington, CT native Mike Crandall Band, renowned singer-songwriters the Rowan Brothers (California), the Sandman (Westerly, RI), Davey Dread and Soulshot (MA, RI, NY)
Stefana Pecher is the founder of the festival and Better Together CT Inc and is thrilled to bring for 2022. “We had our first Hempstock Festival last year and it was a tremendous success. This year we are excited to highlight scientists and experts in the field as speakers so that anyone can ask questions and learn how to grow organically, sustainably and in a regenerative fashion while listening to great music and supporting a great cause. “Davey Dread and Soulshot is a huge supporter of Better Together CT Inc Farm & Sanctuary,” Pecher says. “All these artists are wonderful!. The support from the musicians is most important. Local businesses have been incredible as well.” The official main sponsors are The Umbrella Factory, Country Wellness Center, Schleidt Works, Agrosci and Mohegan Sun but many other businesses have offered support.
The goal is to raise enough money to allow veterans holistic wellness services and equine therapy at no cost” Pecher says. About a third of that amount has already been raised before the festival happens, through ticket sales, sponsorships and online fundraising.
The costs of producing the festival, including paying the bands, is being kept separate from the Better Together CT Inc fundraising goal. Pecher insists that “it’s important to me that bands are being paid though some bands and everyone else involved is donating their time to this great cause! Better Together CT Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Country Wellness Center www.yourcountrydoctor.com services include the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, floatpod sensory deprivation chamber, infrared sauna, haloTherapy are being offered through free veteran programs @www.bettertogetherct.org
Tickets are $25 ($20 online in advance) Tickets for Veterans are ½ price, and children 12 and under are free. The Better Together Farm & Sanctuary is at 402 Norwich-Westerly Rd., North Stonington CT 06359. More information is at Hempstockct.com
Stefana Pecher or Carolyn Howell, Secretary Better Together CT Inc can be reached at 8605354600 or www.bettertogetherct.org