Local hemp

Mark Hovey (center), stepson of Paul Percy (at right), is running the hemp-growing and processing operation on Percy's farm in Stowe, known as HP Farms. His full-time crew includes himself; his son Kyle, armed with a master’s degree in biology; Bob Sabolefski, a maple syrup producer from Stowe; and Patrick Walsh (driving the tractor), an experienced hemp farmer who is the main grower.