Cheyney Partners with West Chester-Based Company to Host 10-Acre Hemp Farm on Campus

Mark Hostutler
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A partnership between Cheyney University and West Chester-based Advanced Alchemy Labs will bring a 10-acre hemp farm and a processing plant to the school’s campus, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.

The nation’s first HBCU has been attracting and actively seeking out more businesses for on-campus partnerships to help fuel its turnaround and enhance the student experience.

This latest partnership will provide students with hands-on training and a curriculum surrounding hemp cultivation and processing with paid internships. Meanwhile, the university will benefit financially from the company’s presence.

“This is a very significant transaction for Cheyney as we continue to form partnerships with forward-looking companies to operate on our campus,” said Cheyney President Aaron A. Walton.

The processing plant will be located in the school’s Jones Hilton maintenance building. This will be one of a few certified and appropriate facilities in the region where the versatile crop can be dried, extracted, and processed.

Advanced Alchemy Labs chose Cheyney’s campus for this endeavor due to its proximity to West Chester and the opportunity to train and recruit future employees.

Read more about Cheyney University in the Daily Local News here.

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