Our mission is to raise awareness of the benefits of industrial hemp for people and the planet and redevelop thriving hemp economies that connect tribal, urban and rural communities. We utilize education, organizing, coalition building and advocacy to catalyze a shift that allows hemp farming, manufacturing and entrepreneurship to flourish.
Our vision is one where hemp agriculture, manufacturing and commerce help create a vibrant, healthy and prosperous future for coming generations. We see a future where tribal nations are able to fully participate in developing and advancing the hemp industry, creating meaningful livelihood for reservation residents. We see the renewal of economic vitality and ecological health in rural and farm communities that once benefited from the hemp boom of the last century. And we see innovative technologies based on hemp propelling a new wave of clean products, from foods to automobile construction to housing. This vision is rooted in long-term economic growth and job creation that connects urban, rural and tribal communities while protecting the Earth we all share.
“Hemp is our ancestral ally. Now is the time to remember this alliance with hemp after decades of prohibition. Hemp won't save us, but it can help us. That's what Earth medicine does."
JOHN TRUDELL , CO-FOUNDER OF HEMPSTEAD PROJECT HEART
Hempstead Project Heart
Wisconsin Hemp Timeline
Wisconsin was a leader in Industrial Hemp research and development. Our former governor, Jeremiah Rusk, became the 2nd Secretary of Agriculture for the United States in 1890. Rusk created the Office of Fiber Investigations at the United States Department of Agriculture. During Rusk’s reign over the USDA, Lester Dewey was hired as an assistant botanist and later botanist for the Office of Fiber Investigations. Dewey led the nation’s Industrial Hemp research where he conducted extensive research in Wisconsin with Dr. Andrew Wright of the University of Wisconsin Experiment Station. It is because of Rusk, Dewey, and Wright, Wisconsin was a beacon of research and development in the American Hemp Industry.