I seek to start a hemp farm co-op in Alberta which rents the specialized planting and harvesting equipment to start-up hemp farmers, to make hemp farming more accessible.
The co-op will also help farmers find appropriate locations to sell various parts of the plant for various applications.
(High grade hemp seed for food and oils, low grade hemp seed for plastic and motor oils)
The Alberta based co-op will seek to replace the tar-sands, oil-hungry reputation we are currently globally know for, by creating a massive influx of hemp based products which will replace petroleum oil based products
If selected I will use this grant to focus skilled researchers into finding funding and launching this co-op, with the guidance of co-ops in other provinces and drawing from experience of previous co-ops which have failed to flourish in Alberta and successful farming co-ops for other crops such as wheat
I will also seek to work with the First Nations farmers to teach cultivation of the land and help their communities establish more sustainable industries