Project PA Hemp Home:
A collaborative project completely renovating an existing blighted, balloon-frame house using hempcrete installed by Americhanvre, LLC, and HempWood™ by Fibonacci. The HempWood™ is made from the harvest of DON’s 2020 Hemp Fiber Test Acres. This home will showcase these materials and is located in our ongoing neighborhood revitalization program, adding a whole new sustainable dimension to revitalization.
PA Dept. of Agriculture awarded DON a $75,000 Specialty Crop Block Grant to fund research and testing of hempcrete to support the submission of an application to the International Construction Code (ICC). We are collaborating with Pennsylvania Housing Research Center and Parsons School of Design Healthy Materials Lab to conduct the research.
Our Collaboration Partners:
Hemp Test Acres Program:
DON’s Hemp Test Acres Program began in 2019, providing seeds, permits and support to Pennsylvania farmers as a low-risk way to learn to grow hemp. In 2020, we expanded to work with farmers in Ohio and launched a collaboration with agronomists and educators from both Penn State University Extension and Ohio State University Extension. The 2021 program has seven farmers testing five varieties.
Our Project Partners:
For 2021, DON was awarded $11,450 from PA Department of Agriculture to support Project Western PA Hemp Fiber Education to further build the program.