Mike Fata, co-founder and president of Manitoba Harvest, holds un-shelled hemp seed in his Winnipeg facility May 30, 2011.

(John Woods/The Globe and Mail)

Google Hangout

Video chat: How hemp helps Manitoba business grow

The Globe and Mail

Welcome to the second in a monthly series of Google+ Hangout interviews with small-business owners and operators from across Canada.

Report on Small Business editor Sean Stanleigh was joined by Mike Fata, CEO and co-founder of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils, to discuss his business and its operations, and to outline some of the unique benefits and challenges of operating in his home province.

Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest is a vertically integrated hemp food manufacturer, offering products such as raw shelled hemp seeds, hemp protein concentrate and organic hemp beverages.

To view the Hangout, please click the video box below.