2018 marks our 4th season of participation in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s innovative Hemp program. We’ve added a CBD variety, which will be grown organically this year. We are going to raise our hemp for grain on non-gmo ground, as raising hemp grain on organic ground has been a near-total loss three years running.
(For pictures of us chopping weeds by hand last year, see the summer of 2017 in “Our Farm Years.)
We are getting the old tobacco equipment ready to plant the organic CBD plants. Our plan is to take this all the way through to Homestead Alternatives Hemp Tincture. There is an atmosphere of excitement as we start working on equipment that had been mothballed.
We’ll do a better job of keeping this page up to date, plus we’ll be posting on facebook.
Hempcrete, a mixture of lime and the woody core of the hemp plant, is the sort of product we like to try. So we mixed up a batch for use in chinking on our log cabin, and have left it exposed.
"Thats good stuff!" says our highly-skilled Italian Mason. We think so too.
Hempcrete can be used for construction and insulation. It is not a structural material, but is an insulator with thermal mass. Its weight is 1/8 that of concrete.
Like other plants, hemp absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows, retaining the carbon and releasing the oxygen. Theorectically 156kg of carbon can be absorbed and locked up by 1m3 of hempcrete wall [Wkikipedia]. Futhermore the carbonation of the lime during curing adds to this effect as lime turns to limestone
We plan to use hempcrete wherever we can, and will have more opportunities for the community to see and use it.