And so you’ve got to haveâ¦ But you’re allowed to have a soap dish and a hose bib as long as it doesn’t have a base in underneath of it. And people that worked on a farm factory works easy for them. And so your transportation cost is a large factor. But nothing can prepare you for hemp. You have one machine that’s already making the heat and you’re taking that heat and pulling it everywhere you need it to go along the steps of the process. Greg Wilson:But yeah, right place right time. Nobody has tools to just buy [crosstalk 00:51:31]. Is this the future of wood? So he’s my engineering mentor. Soy milk has been used for millennia in China and has already an established presence in the West, but the hemp alternative is relatively new. But I built that place out with smart oak. So we have a complete written transcript for this episode in the notes too. Oh, wow. Greg Wilson:And we painted it hemp green. It is field dried. I figured it out in 2010, we used to call it weed wood. Greg Wilson:And so, yeah, we’re trying to get the ag fraternity to burn it at homecoming to try to get rid of it. Hemp-Alternative is currently working with partners in the following industries: Crafted for the hardworking individual who works tirelessly at their task, assumes extra duties, and deserves some dependable relief. We have to come up with a means of cutting it properly because our regular wood saws weren’t strong enough. There’s no added VOCs here. And once that canopy goes up, then you typically have your more traditional trees, at least in our area that are able to support more life. And so I had to figure out how to laminate lamellas onto plywood to be able to build a cabinet out of it. Hemp plastics are an ideal alternative considering it is a biodegradable plastic that only takes about three to six months to break down. Matt Baum:Yeah, I was going to say [inaudible 00:33:31]. 3 talking about this. Greg Wilson:Absolutely. Greg Wilson:From a couple of thousand dollars worth of dumping fees we would hadâ¦ In reality, we were just throwing it out in the field. Greg Wilson:So then after that I started getting pimped out with the algorithm to recycling woods. Greg Wilson:And so we’ve had all four of our trade shows canceled. And that’s not a bad thing. If you want to get the eco-friendly element where it doesn’t have VOCs being emitted all through your house, everything, you got to use the eco-friendly [inaudible 00:10:12]. So you got to, once you cut it, let it set for two or three days on one side, turn it over, let it set for one or two days in the sun, and then bale it up and get it out. Are you using scrap? My whole thing is, I need an Oak tree to hang my tree stand on, when a deer comes [crosstalk 00:37:02]. According to a report from Ministry of Hemp, it also requires less water, and the clothing made from cotton will wear out significantly faster than that made from hemp. 2 talking about this. With an emphasis on community, The Hemp Spectrum welcomes everyone under the sun and encourages community involvement â¦ Our prime customer, people who like what we do are typically in your 20s, 30s, 40s; they typically are a homeowner, very often they’re associated with urban area. Greg Wilson:And then a round bale is a round bale around-. So it’s in these huge metal molds, it weighs 330 pounds inside of the mold and six foot long, six inches by six inches wide. So we have a uniform amount, which is the algorithm toâ¦ You’ve got 14 steps. Good Alternatives CBD Oil. The wood jobs are bad.” So I was really surprised to hear you say, no, it’s not bad. Greg Wilson:And then we turned it into an algorithm and then PAT and the standard operating procedure and ended up spending 14 years building bamboo factories. Before we started recording, you walked me through a little bit and you were like, “This does this and there’s the hemp, and then this comes down here.” And I was just like, “Oh my God, this looks amazing.” How does it work? Because I was just doing lab scale, it looked like a stalk, a piece of bamboo. Now here’s the next one. Greg Wilson:Because we were going to sell the wood, now we have to cut the wood because everybody initially said, “Oh, yeah, I’m a big wood guy. What does it start with? We stick it into the press, we spray some more organic acid on it, which is the activator, which causes that cross-linking to happen, that we stole those proteins from the soy flour and impregnate it into-. What do they think about a guy like you, who loves wood within the wood world and now you’re doing hemp wood? It can be used to make a wide range of products. Matt Baum:Sure, sure. And so when it comes to making wood-. Greg Wilson:My name is Greg Wilson. God, I’m sorry, man. And because it’s too hot, then it actually has to throw it through a pipe that’s surrounded by another pipe full of water. That’s what everybody talks about. And right now it’s not being done responsibly everywhere. It is less flammable than your traditional hardwoods like your Oaks and your hickories because the density is higher. But if it can take care of some of those ones that are just clear-cut, or if it can take out some of those ones that are cutting areas that shouldn’t be cut, or if it can reduce some of that pressure by being, say, 3% or 4% of the hardwood industry, that’s where it’ll go. It’s just more compact or? Or even if it’s half, if it replaces every two years what you can grow on an acre but you can do it 30 times-. Are you guys diving into a new technology? So you can tick all the boxes ofâ¦ There’s your mainstream American white Oak. Links to any informational websites are provided solely as a service to our users. Matt Baum:But if a tornado hits and you climb under that thing, you’re fine. Matt Baum:Okay. Greg Wilson:Yeah. It can’t be vinyl that looks like wood. That’s all coming up real soon here. Greg Wilson:We’ve been around for a couple of years now. We took a bunch of tobacco barns. Greg Wilson:So the raw material was readily available. Tell me how it does this.” And share it on our platform. I was like, “What the hell is that?” And then all of a sudden we found out that was from the soy. Greg Wilson:Yeah, it’s a circle. This is awesome. Just in time to move to Kentucky to start HempWood six months later. This article details ten reasons why hemp is a sustainable wonder crop. It’s insane. I mean, I work with wood. It actually has more Eucalyptus grandis trees in China than people really. And so our flooring right here, in order for people to be able to use it easily, and for us to be able to make enough of it, we lay it up on plywood, but we find eco-friendly plywood that uses the same glues that we use. Matt Baum:Gregory spoke to me from his plant in Murray, Kentucky, he’s out there in the middle of nowhere. As the consumer, it is your responsibility to know your local, state and federal laws before making any purchases. Plastics Bioplastics derived from hemp are an increasingly viable alternative which can be safely disposed of at the end of the lifetime of the building. Machine washable and reusable. Currently, Matt lives in Omaha Nebraska with his wife Kacie and pugs Mable and Bobo. And that way it keeps it spaced out, but we can dunk it into the glue. There were a few cars in the parking lot and there was a customer just finishing up a transactionâ¦ We’d like to thank our partners at Blue Forest Farms for making this episode possible. It comes in and it gets stuck on this machine that we had to invent. Greg Wilson:So, the journey begins years and years ago. Greg Wilson:Once it gets up there, then the canopy goes out. Greg Wilson:Yeah, absolutely. And he showed me what they’ve got going on. Greg Wilson:And so my boss then said, “Come up with a new raw material and has to be domestically sourced.” So we came up with fast-growing Eucalyptus grandis, which grows in the south of China. Greg Wilson:But how do you get that out of the field by the thousands of tons? So getting back into the process, once it comes out of the dryer, we batch it again. And then we just recently got our new oven, which is a 20 foot container that we ripped apart, and we hooked up a 10,000 CFM blower on it and then hooked it into our bio burner. The alternative fiber highlighted in this study is fiber derived from industrial hemp fiber (referred to as hemp in the study). Well, it’s more susceptible to moisture than white Oak, so that’s why furniture is made out of it. Like you guys are building this to do this. The answer is saying like-, Matt Baum:â¦ combining hemp wood with Oak, and showing like, “Look, they can both work together really well.”. And I’m going to tell you all about that later on, and how you can get 20% off just for listening to this show. Who is a good CBD company?” Blue Forest Farms is fantastic. [inaudible 00:25:40] two flatbeds and three containers, and then we had to assemble it for 45 days. Probably not, but if you’ve got 60 years to have a crack at it, I guess it would beâ¦ It’s probably more like 40 to 50 of those years, you’d have a direct replacement. Greg Wilson:Yeah, keep the publicity going, because we’re literally in the middle of a field. It really helps us to get this information in front of people that are looking for it. A normal wood saw won’t cut it? Greg Wilson:So then the wood is cut, and then we put into our balancing rooms, which once again, draw the heat from our bio burner to keep them at a certain temperature, and a dehumidifier in there. Why? Greg Wilson:The only way that we can get it out there and let people know is through stuff like this. So they can say, “Hey, I’m making hemp wood tables, stack our logo on it.” And then actually, they can share it on our different platforms, whether it’s sending it to us, and we’ll put it on our social media, or putting it up on our website. Hemplyne hemp plastic is completely biodegradable and recyclable when it is made with a biodegradable polymer. Every step of the process to open our shop has been helped along by family, friends, even friends of friends. Greg Wilson:It creates a couple of thousand dollars a month worth of energy. Matt Baum:So the guys that work with it know what they’re getting and know how to use it, because it’s going to perform same way. I guess, yeah. Matt Baum:So all of this background prepared you for where you are now, basically? COVID turned all that upside down. And then actually, there’s something called the maillard effect that happens in the glue, which I didn’t even know about until this happened. And so I do go and start working with that and say, “Hey, it is possible, look this way.”. So you’ve got the hemp stocks with the brown from the soy, which gives it the look it has. Is that strange? That’s the guys that actually take care of it. The majority of your people are doing it the right way. Use the code “Ministry” at checkout for 20% off your purchase at bffhemp.com and help support a great CBD brand that supports the Ministry of Hemp. Matt Baum:I would assume it was a nice buck in that too, because you’re basically making money off scrap, stuff that would otherwise just be thrown away. Greg Wilson:It was wildfires [crosstalk 00:06:27]. And so we put these up with hand sanitizers everywhere and getting employees at the time is hard. Is that where we ended up? So when we were going to get married and moved to the States, I had to buy a house. Greg Wilson:Oh, no, it’s still got a week’s worth. We weren’t allowed to manufacture. Greg Wilson:And it sun dries and it turns a woody color, right? You can buy American made flooring for six or eight bucks a foot, or you can buy eco-friendly early-adapter, American-made flooring for eight or 10 bucks a foot. Providing resources to farmers and agricultural professionals in the form of hemp seed, seedlings, grow contracts and partnership programs to include large scale hemp fiber cultivation management and harvest sales. * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s just R&D, is what you’re doing. Greg Wilson:And actually the company does a lot more vinyl flooring now, which doesn’t fit the eco-friendly perspective we’ve been trying to do [crosstalk 00:05:20]. Greg Wilson:Got involved in bamboo flooring and helped figure out how to make bamboo flooring acceptable for commercial use, which was a means of making it harder or densified. Matt Baum:Right. Greg Wilson:So the hemp comes in here. Wholesale hemp ingredients from accredited sources for your hemp-based product needs including full spectrum distillate, non-detect THC free distillate, CBD isolate, and terpenes. Is it just what you do to it you end up like that or are you adding something to it or taking something out of it to get it to look like wood? That is a monstrosity. We go to a new city with a trailer full of hemp wood try to figure it out. Matt Baum:Right. You don’t just walk in and, “I’m going to buy some wood, please.” “How much wood can I buy for $15?” Or whatever. Greg Wilson:Oh yeah. Greg Wilson:Nope. Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial use. Located in Murray Kentucky, Wilson and his crew of engineers are the only scaled fiber and hemp building manufacturer in the U.S. I don’t know. Greg Wilson:Trademark the word HempWood, trademark the logo. Greg Wilson:So that process I just explained is a two-day process. That doesn’t count, that was out of pine. Tell me how it seals. Matt Baum:That’s amazing. Our top priorities lie in the benefits of farming hemp to heal the earth, the development of sustainable industrial hemp solutions, and the production of high-end cannabinoid ingredients for use in alternative medicines. And it’s been a dog’s breakfast with trying to scrape that back. We had an amazing talk and it went on for much longer than this. Go to patreon\ministryofhemp, and any amount of money you give, makes you an Insider and get you all kinds of cool stuff like early access to articles, podcast extras, like the one I mentioned with Gregory, and all kinds of other cool things that we’re doing. So that was three coffee tables that are like 70 pounds. On top of challenges with finding quality seed, high labor costs, pest management, and complying with the DEAâs 0.3% THC cap, they also had to contend with a weak infrastructure. Greg Wilson:But on a federal level, crickets. And so we shut for six weeks and then we had to open up with all these stupid rules that I understand, but it also kind of counteracts the other ones because we have to have like hand washing stations. Our team includes years of experience in large scale Agriculture operations, as well as Specialty Crop management, paired with a deep network of subject matter experts in the Cannabis market and ancillary industry trades. It is more of a Oak color. 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