Achievements

Project PA Hemp Home, a showcase for hemp construction materials, will be completed in the first half of 2021, right in the middle of our current affordable, accessible housing revitalization area.

We will retrofit a balloon-frame 1957 residential construction with hempcrete and HempWood™ flooring manufactured from hemp produced in our 2020 Test Acres Program.

The house is being designed by a Parsons School of Design architecture graduate student along with the co-directors of Parsons Healthy Materials Lab.

DON is driving the hemp construction materials market.  We were awarded a PA Dept. of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant for research and testing on hempcrete to support an application for its submission to the International Construction Code (ICC).

Our research partners:

Western PA Hemp Fiber Education Series–DON sponsored and organized a free regional summit for over 130 farmers and local officials to learn about growing hemp and to engage with market end-users.  PA Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer was the keynote speaker. The Jacobsen Hemp Daily Bulletin included coverage of the event.

Our 2019 Speaker’s Panel:

Cameron McIntosh, Principal, Americhanvre LLC

Ryan Dohm, Chief Development Officer, Groff N.A.

Joshua Hockman, COO, Green Bison Company

Shawn House, Owner and CEO, Lancaster Trading House

Mike McBride, DON Test Acres Program 1st Participating Farmer

Keynote Speaker:  Deputy Secretary Fred Strathmeyer, PA Dept. of Agriculture

Project Western PA Hemp Fiber–a Hemp Test Acres Program established in 2019 providing financial support and education resources for regional farmers in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Awarded a PA Dept. of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant

Our Program Supporters:

A joint report on the growing data will be published in December.

Press Coverage about DON:

Celebrating Women in Hemp – Advocates & Educators Edition

https://nationalhempassociation.org/celebrating-women-in-hemp-advocates-educators-edition/

Hemp Today “Pennsylvania decortication initiative would serve 2 states”

https://hemptoday.net/pennsylvania-decortication-initiative-would-serve-2-states/

Lancaster Farming Industrial Hemp Podcast “DON Services: Building a Future with Hemp”

https://www.lancasterfarming.com/community/podcasts_and_audio/don-services-building-a-future-with-hemp/article_c0c12a38-1ed3-11eb-9638-9fba138debee.html

Parsons School of Design Podcast Series “Trace Material”

https://healthymaterialslab.org/projects/season-1-episode-12

DON Enterprises awarded grant to promote hempcrete building material

https://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/lifestyles/don-enterprises-awarded-grant-to-promote-hempcrete-building-material/article_3d832602-eb99-11ea-8b02-b3a49b971974.html

Hartford farmer takes part in an area agricultural revival program

https://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2020/08/hemp-harvest/

DON gets grant to help farmers grow industrial hemp

https://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/lifestyles/don-gets-grant-to-help-farmers-grow-industrial-hemp/article_56c2f180-eb4c-11ea-9e32-13eb16a00036.html

The Jacobsen Hemp Daily Report on DON’s Hemp Education Event

https://us13.campaign-archive.com/?e=ed97198516&u=be68ae8311761291f24deef14&id=2c1846b476

DON forum shows multiple uses of hemp plant

https://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/local_news/don-forum-shows-multiple-uses-of-hemp-plant/article_3ac56857-e52b-573b-a5d6-1909710c5e20.html

Hemp fiber summit to find farmer partners

http://www.butlereagle.com/article/20191101/BUSINESS01/711019952