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Has anyone grown sun hemp for organic matter to build the soil?

 
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Not yet, but I am planning to this year. There are a lot of videos on YouTube. So, my useless reply mainy serves to subscribe to any useful replies that might be forthcoming.
 
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Subscribed! Highly debating this here in Oregon. Yes to build soil, for composting, as experimental pig/chicken fodder, but I'd really like to:
find bulk seed sources
find ways of cultivating/harvesting on a small scale (say 5 acres)
find buyers
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learn how to turn it into viable products... I think it would work as a tool in a diverse permaculture system. I have some land on a flat mountain top that is only about an inch of soil, with rock below. i wonder if a few slashings and composting of hemp, followed by chickens and goats would help build top soil? Off hand I can't think of anything that would grow so vigorously and so dense, so quick.
 
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50 lb.bag currently on sale for @90 bucks a bag. Also sunn hemp seed again 90 bucks a bag.

This is a really good forage for deer, they love it. It grows tall so you can chop and drop it several times during the growing season. I would chop it and let the chickens have at the mulch layer so they can turn it into compost.
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:50 lb.bag currently on sale for @90 bucks a bag. Also sunn hemp seed again 90 bucks a bag.

This is a really good forage for deer, they love it. It grows tall so you can chop and drop it several times during the growing season. I would chop it and let the chickens have at the mulch layer so they can turn it into compost.



Ahh now I see the difference! This looks amazing, the protein and nitrogen etc, thanks for the resource. I wonder also about viable hemp, like that used for hempcrete, hemp hearts, clothing etc. Maybe another thread altogether, but this certainly taught me something new.
 
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The hemp used for fiber is the Cannabis Sativa, Not legal to grow in the USA at the federal level, some states have opted to allow the growing of it for medicinal Pot, under license. Interestingly, there is a Cannabis species that is fiber only but it falls under the same classification as marijuana in the USA and so is illegal to grow at this time.
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:The hemp used for fiber is the Cannabis Sativa, Not legal to grow in the USA at the federal level, some states have opted to allow the growing of it for medicinal Pot, under license. Interestingly, there is a Cannabis species that is fiber only but it falls under the same classification as marijuana in the USA and so is illegal to grow at this time.



True on the federal level, however there are states legalizing for agricultural purposes, Oregon being one of them (for $1500 anyway, plus the fee for the state to test to ensure .003thc on less). DEA has not prosecuted any farms for agricultural uses..
 
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"Tropic Sun" is a variety grown in Hawaii. If you search: "tropic sun" crotalaria , you'll find info and apparently the only seed source, on Molokai.
I have taken seed to Haiti and distributed it there for cover crop and goat forage.
There's an article "Sunn Hemp, Sheep and Goats" at:  https://petcherseeds.com/pages/sunn-hemp-sheep-and-goats


 
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