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NORTH C
AROLINA

FARM & STAY: Franny's Farm, Leicester,

frannysfarm.com. Includes small cabins,
campsites and comfy "Barn House."

DO: Hemp tours, goat yoga, canoeing
on pond, hiking.
EATS: Farm-to-table fare at Bhramari
Brewing Company, Asheville, 828-2147981 (one of Franny's favorites).

F

ranny Tacy jumps out of a vehicle with a hug and a handshake,
her long blonde hair tucked
neatly beneath a ball cap. Fit
and trim, at 49, this farmer became the
first woman in North Carolina to grow
and harvest hemp in 2017.
Now, she's an in-demand speaker, going from Danville, Virginia, to Denver,
Colorado - with conferences on cannabis
and industrial hemp. She speaks on CBD,
the hemp extract claimed to help antiinflammatory issues, anxiety and other
ailments.
"Franny's super dynamic," says her
husband, Jeff Tacy, 47. "And she's going
to bring a crowd, no matter what."
This woman holds a Master's degree
in education and boasts a dozen years
working in the pharmaceutical industry. "I speak for small-scale farmers," she
says. "And, like my mom said, I'm honest to a fault."
Each year, the Tacys grow hundreds
of hemp plants on Franny's Farm (828
708-5587). a 33-acre spread with goats,
sheep, chickens, vegetables, a pond and
overnight lodging - including the rustic
yet luxurious "Barn House" - at Leicester,
North Carolina.
Hemp looks like marijuana. But it's
not the same, says Franny. "We breed a
plant that's high in CBD and low in THC."
That means, with low THC, it won't

get you high. "As long as the THC is less
than .3, it's hemp," says Franny. "When
it goes above that, it's marijuana."
The couple buys thousands of hemp
plants from partner-affiliate farms for
use in their four dispensaries across the
Carolinas.
And they constantly seek new products, like the hemp-infused Franny's
Farmhouse Ale, brewed by Bhramari in
nearby Asheville.
The hemp content of that concoction could have health benefits, but the
funloving Franny isn't exactly saying:
"We're not selling like a snake-oil medicine show off the back of a wagon. We're
not claiming anything. We're just claiming that you're going to taste and smell
and experience this female goddess in a
beer. So, I'm recommending it for goddess lovers."
In 2012, the Tacys bought what Jeff
calls "dilapidated farmland" and began
building structures. "We're an agri-tourism farm," Jeff says. "Me and Franny are
just boot-strappin', hard-workin', gettin'-it-done."
And, come fall, the couple loves to
welcome visitors, especially to their overnight lodging units.
"Fall is magical on the farm," says
Franny. "Everybody works together to
string beans and put things up. You begin cooking."

ABOVE: Jeff and Franny Tacy are
the hosts at Franny's Farm, which
specializes in hemp products.

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