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HomeGrown is a project I have been working on for the last four years. The main objective is to facilitate a way for everyday people to participate in solving the Climate Crisis. It has the potential to check all the boxes by sequestering carbon and producing materials that can replace many of the problematic petroleum-based products we rely on today. 

             Hemp absorbs 4X as much CO2 as Trees!

Right now, growing non-psychoactive industrial hemp in your residence, a community garden, or a business is illegal. Only farmers, Indigenous communities, educational institutions, and research institutions are allowed to grow industrial hemp, allowed in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill. (McConnell, Merkley, Paul, Wuden, 2018)
But what if we could change that? I am trying to get Los Angeles City Council to approve this proposal as a city-wide pilot project, which means that everyday people in select districts would be able to grow non-psychoactive hemp plants in their backyards, on their balconies, porches, community gardens, and places of employment. My goal is to allow people to grow up to 10 hemp plants per residence, community garden space, and/or workplace (depending on the size of the workplace) 
My plan allows everyone to grow hemp without interfering with the systems already in place to help farmers and Indigenous communities make a profit from growing hemp. Instead, the hope is this plan will help them because it will help educate consumers about the benefits of hemp. 
I propose compensating Homegrown project growers with utility credits to lower their costs or debt relief, including student loan debt, medical debt, and credit card debt. My goal is to avoid direct monetary compensation to avoid interfering with the already established markets created by farmers and Indigenous communities. 
Besides absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, hemp holds onto this carbon and can be turned into many everyday items we use throughout our lives. Hemp can be used to make paper, bio-plastic, metal, wood, hempcrete, fiber, feed, food, and can clean the soil. 
This is a work in progress. I have been working with some of the members of the Los Angeles City Council, and in order to move forward with this project, I need to get the approval of the whole city council. If you have ideas, suggestions, ways to help, or questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with me
While currently, I am trying to make this happen as a city-wide pilot program for Los Angeles. I would eventually/asap like to facilitate this project across the country so that we can sequester as much CO2 as possible to curb the effects of the climate crisis. 
To learn more about the project, please review the menu tabs for additional information, including the entire proposal in its current form and more info coming soon. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out the project. If you think you would be interested in participating in this project, please follow the link to fill out the following information: 
Your Name
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Where you would like to grow the hemp
What incentive you are the most interested in
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