The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast

Telling stories of the innovators and pioneers creating businesses in hemp in the U.S.

Episode 023 U.S. Heritage Group - Tai Olson

July 15th, 2019

U.S. Heritage Group has been a leader in hempcrete construction for many years supporting over half of the hempcrete builds in the United States.  This week we have a conversation with Tai Olson to discuss their hempcrete binder, permitting, and many more nuances related to this unique building material.  

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Resources:

www.usheritagegroup.com

www.ketsamusic.com

 

Episode 022 HempVe - Erica J

July 9th, 2019

It seems like there's a new hemp product coming to market everyday, but imagine if you could go to one place to find what you want.  This week we have a conversation with Erica J who's doing just that.  With a background in web design and a passion for sustainability she started HempVe a few months ago to offer a platform where people can post hemp products and users can leave reviews.  It's just getting off the ground, but HempVe is already gaining visibility.

We discuss how she started and what it takes to launch a hemp startup from an off the grid tiny home that she calls a 'Schooly' - a retrofitted school bus nestled in the mountains of Colorado. 

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Resources:

www.hempve.com

@hempve

www.ketsamusic.com

Episode 021 420 Media - Kerri Accardi

July 1st, 2019

420 Media was born out of the passion to educate the world on the benefits of cannabis and hemp.  This summer 420 Media is producing several conferences that they are calling Cannaval, an educational expo in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill and the legalization of medical cannabis the U.S. Virgin Islands are ripe for business.  

This week's guest, Kerri Accardi discusses the next steps for 420 Media and why she's so excited about Cannaval.

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Resources:

www.420media.us

www.cannavalusvi.com

www.ketsamusic.com

Episode 020 Rodale Institute - Tara Caton

June 24th, 2019

Rodale Institute is a leading regenerative organic research institution.  Recently they have expanded their research into industrial hemp.  Over the course of a four-year trial they are exploring how hemp can heal soil, suppress weeds, help farmers, and add diversity to crop rotations.  

Our guest, Tara Caton is leading Rodale's industrial hemp initiative and shares valuable lessons over the last 3 years and some advice for farmers interested in incorporating hemp into their crop rotation.

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Resources:

www.rodaleinstitute.org

www.ketsamusic.com

 

Episode 019 Apical Greens - Wade Christensen & Chris Perry

June 17th, 2019

Apical Greens is a leading online retailer of smokable hemp flower based in Pullman, West Virginia.  Founders Wade and Chris came into hemp from very similar experiences that revealed the healing qualities of the hemp plant and were hooked.  As the 2018 Farm Bill was on the verge of passing these serial entrepreneurs started Apical Greens and remain committed to providing organic products that mirror their belief in healthy living.

Launching an online retail business is not without its challenges and both Wade and Chris offer insight into some of the obstacles that they've encountered in this budding industry.   

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Resources:

www.apicalgreens.com

www.ketsamusic.com

 

 

Episode 018 Astral Designs - Philip Curry

June 10th, 2019

Philip Curry is a serial entrepreneur who saw an opportunity in life jackets over 20 years ago while still in college.  After selling his company Lotus Designs to Patagonia he started a biodynamic farm outside Asheville, North Carolina.  Feeling he could have a larger impact on soil and water health as an entrepreneur, he launched Astral Designs and started producing hemp canvas shoes.  

Please like, share, and subscribe to The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast! We are your weekly source of hemp industry enlightenment and we look forward to bringing you more stories of hemp entrepreneurs like Philip.  

Resources:

https://www.astraldesigns.com

http://www.ketsamusic.com

 

Episode 017 Prima - Christopher Gavigan

June 5th, 2019

Christopher Gavigan, Chief Purpose Officer for the Honest Company and founder of Prima, a new consumer CBD brand, is our guest this week on the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast.  Gavigan is yet another example of a successful entrepreneur who identified an opportunity in industrial hemp who acted quickly to stake their claim.

Despite having quite a recognizable spokeswoman and founder in Jessica Alba, the Honest Company brand has ascended to global recognition on its transparency and commitment to producing only the highest quality products.  Christopher Gavigan identified a lack of transparency and honesty in industrial hemps most recognizable market, CBD. In order to establish his latest brand, Prima, Gavigan began by researching and cooperating with educational institutions, physicians and scientists in the field to better understand the compound and it's as of yet unverified benefits to human health and wellness.  

Prima now stands apart among a select few CBD brands in its commitment to providing a better CBD product and the education for consumers to be able to easily identify a quality brand from a cash grab.  Listen in to hear about Gavigan's unwavering determination to take the standard of quality he helped to establish in the Honest Company brand and apply it to the burgeoning CBD market.

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Resources:

https://www.prima.co

@prima

http://ketsamusic.com

Episode 016 Hemp House on Wheels - Coexist Build & Americhanvre

May 30th, 2019

As we move into the second half of 2019, it seems as though the industrial hemp industry is gaining serious momentum.  On this week’s episode, join Drew and Cameron for a trip into New York City for the Cannabis World Congress and Business expo, where we will be displaying a project we have been working on for the last six months.  

The Hemp House on Wheels was designed by Anastasiya Konopitskya, Drew’s wife and an accomplished architect and designer.  This project served to temper our focus in what can be an overwhelming sea of hemp related opportunities. It is constructed out of hempcrete, a biocomposite insulation comprised of hemp hurd, lime binder and water.  Our Hemp House on Wheels is finished with a three coat lime plaster system provided by our friends at DeGreuchy’s LimeWorks in Telford, PA.

Our intention behind building this project was to create a model, for display, of hempcrete construction that showcases the potential for designing and building with the material.  We formed a joint venture between our companies to offer full design/build services in hempcrete construction; Ana and Drew of Coexist Build and Cameron, with Americhanvre.

Our appearance at the CWCB Expo came at the invitation of the National Hemp Association and the Hemp Industry Park, and the entire experience has been unbelievable.  Listen in to hear about our journey to make it to the CWCB Expo and for some colorful New York character’s we met along the way!

Resources:

www.americhanvre.com

www.coexist.build

@hemphouseonwheels

@coexist_build

@americhanvre

Episode 015 Hemp Exchange - Chris Fontes

May 20th, 2019

Chris Fontes has been programming since he was four years old.  He's recently taken his skill to launch a business to business marketplace to create a trusted supply chain for producers and consumers of bulk hemp products called Hemp Exchange.  

In a market that's often difficult to navigate and unreliable, Hemp Exchange provides a dependable resource for buyers and sellers in the hemp industry by verifying all of their listings.   

We are your weekly source of hemp industry enlightenment and we look forward to anyone making a splash in industrial hemp.  Thanks for listening and please like, share, and subscribe to The Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast to hear about more pioneers creating businesses in the hemp industry.

Resources:

www.hempexchange.com

www.ketsamusic.com

 

Episode 014 Hemp Local Supply Chain Coalition - Judy Wicks

May 12th, 2019

Judy Wicks, a celebrated farm to table pioneer and localist is our guest this week on the Hemp Entrepreneur Podcast.  Co-founder of the Free People's Store (now Urban Outfitters) in Philadelphia in the early 1970's, Wicks ran with an idea that was unheard of then and remains uncommon now; the idea that a business should have a place within a community that superseded the drive for high profits at any expense. Her entrepreneurial journey in Philadelphia was just beginning, however this idea of community and local self-reliance would remain a common thread in all of her endeavors.

Years later, Wicks opened the White Dog Cafe in West Philadelphia with just a few ingredients and grew to be known as the mother of the local food movement in the area by doing something her competitors would never have dared; she openly shared her sources for the local produce that comprised her menu.  What she came to believe in was the idea that it was not enough for her one business to focus on supporting the local economy, but that it would require all local restaurants to shed their national and international suppliers to really support and grow the local farm base.

Years of community and political activism proved to temper Wicks' commitment to identify and combat the forces that are destroying our environment.  Proud Pennsylvania is an initiative spearheaded by Judy to encourage a healing bond between those in urban and rural communities, and to ensure that underrepresented communities find inclusion in the modern local economy.  As part of this initiative, Wicks formed the Hemp Local Supply Chain Coalition due to the overwhelming promise that industrial hemp holds for solving some of our toughest environmental challenges.

Give a listen to hear about Judy Wick's amazing entrepreneurial journey up to this point and what she hopes to continue to achieve via the opportunities available to local communities by the green wave!  We are your weekly source for hemp industry enlightenment and we continue to look forward to hearing from you or anyone you know who is making a splash in industrial hemp! Thanks for listening and please don’t forget to like, share and subscribe.

Resources:

http://judywicks.com

https://www.proudpennsylvania.org

http://ketsamusic.com