Leslie Hoffman

Founder

Ashville Hemp Project

Leslie Hoffman is a pioneer in the field of sustainability. She holds a degree in architecture and design, and worked as a carpenter and green builder for ten years before joining Earth Pledge Foundation as executive director (1994-2010). Hoffman spearheaded six core initiatives at Earth Pledge, including Green Roofs, Farm to Table, and Waste=Fuel, FutureFashion. EP published six books on sustainability, and was named an Environmental Achiever by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its work to identify and promote innovative techniques and technologies that restore the balance between human and natural systems.

Leslie lives on Shelter Island, NY and in Asheville, NC, and has been passionate about gardening and farming since 1979. Hoffman runs Asheville Hemp Project with her partner Scott Brinkley on a 23-acre farm property outside of town.

Hoffman supported drug policy reform through philanthropy starting in 1995, after learning about the history of maligning Cannabis since the 1930’s. She was a partner in a hemp fashion company called IZM, 1996-1998, and managed an exit when Woody Harrelson bought all of their inventory. In 2015, Leslie purchased 23 acres of farmland outside of Asheville, NC, and later that year sold her Hawaii farm. She was one of the first participants in the NC Hemp Pilot Program, starting in 2017. Starting in 2015, Leslie has also been involved in a NJ vertically integrated medical marijuana business.