Franny Tacy, perhaps better known as “Farmer Franny,” spoke at TEDxAsheville and you can now watch a video of her talk on YouTube.

During her talk she explains that she’s had a lot of nicknames throughout her life. As a child, she says, she was called “Nature Momma.” And as a pharmaceutical company representative — she once managed a $10 million territory — she was known as a “hippie in high heels.”

With degrees in forestry and education, Tacy seems to have found her calling at Franny’s Farm.

The farm, where Tacy became North Carolina’s first hemp farmer, is host to various events throughout the year, including weddings and HempX.

Today, Tacy is the owner of Franny’s Farmacy, in Asheville, N.C., which opened last month.

For her, growing hemp is about a lot more than tending a cash crop. Well, we’ll let her tell you …

Watch Farmer Franny’s TEDx Talk here:

Excerpted from the YouTube video description:
The adventures of a female hemp pioneer in North Carolina.

Farmer Franny is on a mission to learn and educate about hemp and is paving the way for hemp farmers in her state and beyond.

Listen and learn about the obstacles she faced growing a crop that is federally illegal and how it’s turning into a positive movement for women, hemp growers, artisans’ processors and businesses with aligned “farmer-focused” values.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at