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Storing Carbon in Your Walls

Storing Carbon in Your Walls

Hempcrete is a mixture of the woody core of the hemp plant, with lime used as a binder.  It is not a structural material, but works well for insulation. Because it has been a growing plant, hemp absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows, and releases oxygen.  When the hemp hurd (the name for the woody core) gets made into hempcrete and used in a building, the carbon stays put. Thus, our log cabin, made of logs with hempcrete chinking, is a carbon storage unit. If you visit the cabin, you’ll see some of the tremendous pioneer-era logs used...

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Laura, what do you grow?

Laura, what do you grow?

When I meet someone new and explain that I’m a farmer, the first question often is, “What do you grow?” By now, most of you know we are raising hemp. At Mt. Folly, we also are part of a revival of southern regional cuisine, and so several years ago started raising Hickory King Corn, an open-pollinated pioneer variety. We plan to distill some at Wildcat Willy’s Distillery, and have had Weisenberger’s Mill grind some for cornmeal. It really tastes better, but takes a little getting used to at the stove. That is why I highly recommend our sour cream cornbread...

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Why have you made chocolate with hemp hearts? Why is this better for me?

Why have you made chocolate with hemp hearts? Why is this better for me?

 When my daughter Alice got Mt. Folly accepted into the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Hemp program, there were a lot of meetings….many, many hours of them. I attended most, and couldn’t miss the fact that pretty much everyone was talking about nutrition, not hemp rope for the Navy. Since the Laura’s Lean Beef Company was built on better nutrition, hemp hearts got my attention. These tiny kernels from the shelled hemp seed are fairly high in protein, with the ideal ration of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids.  In fact, they are nut-like. Dark chocolate is a powerful antioxidant....

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Hemp candy…drugs

Hemp candy…drugs

When I eat Laura’s Hemp Chocolates, am I taking drugs?   The Hemp in Laura’s Hemp Chocolates is a variety of the same species, Cannabis sativa, as is marijuana. However, unlike marijuana varieties, which are bred for high psychoactive content (THC), the hemp in our candy is carefully bred for extremely low levels of THC. As participants in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp pilot program, our seed is tested before harvest.  Indeed, the Department of Agriculture oversees an entire quality control protocol, starting with the importation and planting of the crop in the spring, to the field test...

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