Friends of HEMP is advancing the hemp industry through education and opportunity.
Explore some of our past educational programs.
Hempcrete Building Workshop
In collaboration with NoLi CDC and Kentucky Hemp Industries Association, we gathered a group of citizens to build Kentucky’s first hempcrete hemp house made from Kentucky-grown hemp. This historic build included a hempcrete building workshop where volunteers learned the basics of building with hemp.
Using the woody core of the fibrous hemp stalk, mixing the wood (hurd) with lime, water and cement, the material is compressed between removable formwork surrounding a timber frame. This complex but simple structure will last a lifetime and beyond, while providing energy efficient solutions to the homeowner.
Student Writing Competition
- In collaboration with the Carnegie Center, we hosted a Student Writing Competition for college-level, high-school and middle-school students. The students wrote a creative paper on agricultural hemp and submitted to the competition within the student’s respective age group. Judges reviewed the papers and selected a first-place, runner-up and third-place in each category.
- The winners received a $25-$150 prize bond depending on age and place.
- In collaboration with Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, we have hosted farmer seminars to educate producers on farming practices, regulatory compliance, markets and more. In January and February of 2017, we hosted three seminars and had an average of 80 attendees at each event with attendees from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and beyond.