Hemp Panel

August 24, 2019 | 3:20 pm | Room 1 | Cultivation

2019 is an exciting year for hemp in New England! Have you wondered if getting into the hemp industry is right for you? This panel is going to discuss the trials and tribulations of these hemp trailblazers! This panel will consist of hemp farmers, processors and CBD companies. Our panelists look forward to educating the audience about the different career options in the hemp sector.

Panelists: Micheal Goodenough: Connecticut Hemp farmer and Extractor
Adam Souza: Farmer at Herban Acres
John Dvork: Founder Cannabis Curriculum
Rick Naya: Grandfather of Hybrid

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Ellen Brown, Founder, Sinsemilla Seminars

Ellen Taylor Brown is the founder of Sinsemilla Seminars, an international educational platform and consulting service. She is also the Director of Cultivation for a hemp farm in Canada, CannaCollective Inc.

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Adam Souza, Farmer, Herban Acres

Adam Souza grew up around agriculture, fascinated by his father’s lifelong passion for plants. Plugging trays by the age of 7, he was taught the importance of farmers. At a young age, Adam showed interest in building businesses, from lemonade stands, to hustling Pokémon cards. He also showed a liking toward a certain plant early on, cannabis. It helped with his social anxiety which pushed him part his comfort zone and into sales. After years in sales and business building for others, never feeling fulfilled, Adam decided to combine his passions for business, cannabis and helping farmers into something he could be happy doing. Hemp.
With his partner Andrew Wilkinson, they have created Herban Acres. They are building a hub for hemp in Taunton, MA. Andrew and Adam believe they can help struggling farmers by showing them how to grow hemp. Hemp is what build this great nation, and it is what will make it even greater.

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John Dvorak, Hempologist, Cannabis Curriculum

Hempologist John Dvorak has studied cannabis for more than 25 years. His unique style of anti-prohibition advocacy seeks to increase research into all aspects of cannabis and its prohibition through the Cannabis Curriculum and Hempology.Org.


Rick Naya, Great Grandfather of Hybrid Cannabis

Rick Naya is New Hampshire States Primary Cannabis Activist who has led the way to legalization of medical cannabis in that state as well as in Florida. He has for over a decade issued science and data along with research to help NH become a cannabis medically legal state.
He is currently the active Owner and Founder of Anayalated Brands and Allele Genetics and has served on various boards for organizations like A Newer New Hampshire, NHCAN, NH Farmers Cannabis Collective, HLA-Hemp Industry Leaders Association.
He has assisted the NH State House with the process of preparing the state for legalizing cannabis for medical purposes, consulting House Representatives and Cannabis Commissions throughout the nation and is currently leading the way to full legalization of Cannabis in NH and Florida. He is NH’s first licensed cannabis patient and was awarded a certificate for assisting in writing House Bills, rules and regulations for:

Decriminalization / HB573, HB640, HB1476, HB656, SB338, the medical laws and rules within RSX 126:X SB 481 and HB 364.

Rick is a certified cannabis grower for the past 40 years and developer multiple strains including Florida’s infamous Gainesville Green of 76′. He was the designer of a variety of cannabis strains. Including: THP, Carrot Cake, Nayalator, Dynamoqueen, SquiggleWalker, and After-Lator with an Elite Legacy Group brand that will be released.

He was named the Great Grandfather of Hybrid Cannabis by Sensei magazine in August of 2018 and is a dignitary, diplomat and personality at cannabis events nationwide from Hightimes Magazine Cannabis Cup events to CANACON, MASSCON and FCCC just to name a few. He is also the owner and Founder of NH Cannabis Freedom Festival.

Rick is a South Florida native who attended Miami-Dade and Broward Community College. He also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida. This led him to work on major development projects throughout Dade and Broward counties, and most of the state of Florida before relocating and taking his passion for cannabis to New Hampshire.

Rick has a deep understanding of what it takes to operate a thriving business in today’s cannabis markets, bringing more than 50 years of experience in it’s culture, legislation, networking, production, manufacturing and retail segments.

Rick Naya is a stalwart statesmen of the Cannabis Arena and brings a sense of openness and love to our unique growing industry. He also brings together medical and adult use industry leaders together to help bring socioeconomic reform to cities nationwide.


Michael Goodenough, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, D&G Agtek

Michael Goodenough is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of  D&G Agtek, an Agriculture and Technology Company for the past 5 years. D&G Agtek is a founding member of the North East Sustainable Hemp Association.  Mike and his partners are passionate about scientific based research efforts in the Hemp processing industry and have partnered with local universities studying extraction techniques and efficiencies for several years.

Michael has been an advocate of the hemp agricultural industry in Connecticut.  His company, D&G Agtek specializes in hemp and CBD from soil to oil. Through his love of technology and agriculture he has built a team and company around three integral parts of the emerging east coast hempire.  First from the soil, Mike and his team have not only built the first USDA approved greenhouse dedicated to hemp in CT and control several grows across the state, but have also helped numerous farmers break into the hemp growing industry by providing certified seed, seedlings and consulting services.  Next, with his extraction team he has led the way in capturing real time data that will benefit the CBD extraction community and the CT pilot program. By using food grade alcohol as the extraction solvent Mike and his team have eliminated the risk of potential toxic residues left behind by other solvents.  By using cold extraction, rotary evaporation, and wiped film distillation techniques, they are able to separate terpenes from cannabinoids and CBD from THC to blend a full spectrum distillate of the highest quality. Rounding out his company’s three-pronged business model he has applied his extensive background in business to creating his company’s brand, Sweet Heal.  Sweet Heal delivers premium quality CBD topical and edible products directly to consumers through the website sweetheal.com and appearances and sponsorships of multiple events across New England.


Michael’s commitment and dedication also extends to his philanthropic work. For more than 20 years, Michael has served on the board of directors for numerous local charities and small businesses.  He has created several non-profit organizations, which helped thousands by supporting victims of HIV/AIDs, sheltering the homeless, supplying food pantries, providing assistance to veterans, support for abused women and children, and supporting several youth organizations. Michael is a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran, who brings the same pride and work ethic he displayed in the Armed Services to everything he does for his customers, company and community. Despite all his accomplishments, Michael is most proud of his family and wife of 18 years, with whom he enjoys spending his free time.