Donna Porter is the owner/operator and sole proprietor of HelloHemp! She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BS in Horticulture. Donna was the pioneering founder, first president and first Executive Director of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, and it was due to her 9 years of diligence and tireless effort, beginning in 1993, that Fayetteville, AR is now home to a botanical garden. Donna also took her passion for plants & gardens to Costa Rica, where she lived for 13 years, owning and operating two businesses – Botanical Garden Excursions, S.A. and Inspire Me Gardens, S.A.
Even before returning to the U.S., Donna had found her new passion – HEMP! Now, she is once again diligently and tirelessly researching and educating herself so that she can raise public awareness, and hopefully, offer relief and a calmer, pain-free future to anyone who is open to trying proven, alternative ways to improve their health, their life and the world in which they live.
After 1 ½ years of reading, researching, completing a cannabis certification program, visiting hemp farms and processors in Colorado and Kentucky, attending hemp and cannabis conferences across the U.S. and conducting extensive market research, Donna returned to Fayetteville to launch her new business – HelloHemp! She sees an urgent need for people to become more informed before choosing CBD products, most importantly due to the fact that the FDA has not yet regulated this industry nor CBD and that the market is flooded with thousands of products – many of poor, inferior quality. Her select-line of CBD and other hemp-derived products was carefully chosen using a list of 12 criteria. Donna also hopes to educate the public about the other numerous uses, products and benefits of this extraordinary and timeless plant that we call Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.).