The main markets for locally produced hemp products are:
• The construction industry, where hempcrete, pre-fabricated elements, insulation panels and various hemp-and-lime mixtures may be used for walls, roofs, floors and insulation.
• Hemp foodstuffs
• Hemp seeds
• Textiles, bio-composites and bio-medicines.
These are markets primed to provide cash quickly in support of any local hemp business.
Local value chains
Local hemp value chains and businesses including facilities for the processing of straw by-products and seeds are resolutely linked to a territory, not to the global market. We foster strong and fair relations between and among all the stake-holders in the value chain: farmers, processors, builders, clients and community, all based on the principles of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
Development of local hemp value chains that are only as large as the farmers can easily and economically establish to bring the straw to the processing line within their own means.
Creating direct partnerships and peer to peer relationships in the context of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The marketing/delivery basin may be the same area as the hemp crop basin, but they may also be concentric; so the hemp crop and delivery basin may be across contiguous areas and regions, but must be close enough to provide convenient and efficient logistics for the delivery of straw by-products to market. While most housing is in urban and suburban areas, contractual relationships must be established via CSA principles to set the value chain from farmers down to end-users in the construction industry specifically.
Initiative Chanvre promotes a dual crop strategy based on seeds and straw. This is to address a healthy global food supply (seeds) and the use of other hemp plant byproducts to create healthy, and in some cases desperately needed low-cost housing through hemp construction.