Bill, this looks like a great project, I admire the quality of your craftsmanship. It takes some courage to dive in and commit yourself and your family to promoting such important ideas, but also your willingness to pursue your ideals and dreams is a great example to others. So don't let all the negative ninny's get you down, lol, if we all listened to their "common wisdom" we'd never discover what's truly possible.
I'm also a big fan of hemp and the incredible potential that's just waiting for us, that is as soon as our silly government stops conflating hemp with marijuana and stops being so fearful of the imaginary dangers that a hemp industry might pose. Hemp oil could produce far more bio-fuel per acre than corn (not to mention all the other products like hemp-fiber, hemp protein, etc), but the corporate agro-biz giants with all their $$$ and influence don't want any competition, yet now that we are beginning to see the end of the insane war on marijuana, I believe that a burgeoning hemp industry is just around the corner. But it needs all the advocates it can get so keep pushing and keep up the good work!
• Hemp does not require herbicides or pesticides.
• Hemp can be grown in a wide range of latitudes and altitudes.
• Hemp replenishes soil with nutrients and nitrogen, making it an excellent rotational crop.
• Hemp controls erosion of the topsoil.
• Hemp converts CO2 to oxygen better than trees.
• Hemp production on one acre creates as much cellulose fiber pulp as 4.1 acres of trees.
• Hemp production can utilize land that is otherwise unsuitable for other types of agriculture.
• Hemp produces more oil than any other crop, which can be used for food, fuel, lubricants, soaps, etc.
• Hemp nut is a very healthy food, containing the highest assimilable protein.
• Hemp can be used for making plastics, including car parts (made from the high cellulose content).
• Hemp makes paper more efficiently and ecologically than wood, requiring no chemical glues.
• Hemp can be used to make fiberboard.
• Hemp can be used to make paint.
• Hemp can produce bio-fuel and ethanol (better than corn).
• Hemp can be grown more than once per year.
• Hemp fibers can make very strong rope and textiles.
• Hemp contains little to no THC, so is not suitable for drug use in any way.
• Hemp seed oil is delicious - mixed with minced garlic and balsamic vinegar, it makes a delicious and healthy dressing. Hemp seed oil can help reduce cholesterol because it has a near perfect balance polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (1:3 ratio so that's healthy too).