When Clark Anderson’s great-great-great-grandfather, William Tandy, set out from Virginia round 1810, he got here so far as Christian County in Western Kentucky to choose land between present-day Pembroke and Fairview. He constructed a log home there, married and later grew to become a pastor at First Baptist Church in Hopkinsville.
Two centuries later, the huge, hand-hewn oak logs that supported the minister’s dwelling have been trucked throughout nation to Anderson’s 100-acre hashish farm and artists’ retreat in Mendocino County, California, about two hours north of San Francisco.
Anderson had simply the correct place for these oak beams — a tiny hemp home that now stands on his farm.
“My motivation was to save lots of the constructing supplies … I couldn’t bear the considered that being burned in a pile,” he informed Hoptown Chronicle.
The story behind the Kentucky oak beams and Anderson’s hemp home shall be featured on DIY Network’s “Building Off the Grid” program. It’s scheduled to air at 8 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 15. Anderson is in this system.
The community describes the episode: “A hashish farmer builds an off-grid hemp cottage within the Coast Vary mountains of California. Along with a bio architect and hemp professional, the farmer battles the weather and time with the intention to end the cottage by hand earlier than the wet season arrives.”
Anderson, 65, grew up in Hopkinsville. His mother and father have been the late Billy and Mary “Mimi” Anderson. His father was an engineer and labored within the household’s tobacco markets. His mom was a civil rights activist and marched with Martin Luther King Jr. on the Kentucky capital in 1964.
Though authorized marijuana grows on Anderson’s farm, Glynraven Gardens, the hemp that’s used as an insulating materials in his tiny home got here from France.
Hemp hurds, which come from the interior stalk of the plant and resemble wooden chips or straw, will not be but processed very effectively within the U.S., stated Anderson. That’s why he bought the hurds from abroad.
In his challenge, the hurds have been combined with agricultural lime and a volcanic materials to mix a substance that resembles concrete. It encapsulates the home’s framing.
“Proper now, no person on this nation has developed the method of conserving (hurds) clear and uniform,” Anderson stated.
He stated he hopes somebody in Kentucky will good the method, including that hurds are also used for animal bedding.
The hemp home is 420 sq. ft and has a sleeping loft. The scale is critical — 420 is slang for marijuana and refers to having a smoke at 4:20 within the afternoon.
Anderson moved into the home when it was accomplished a few months in the past. A number of artists and farm employees additionally stay on the farm.
Along with the hashish crop, the farm has an orchard with 500 timber, a big vegetable backyard and sufficient photo voltaic panels to generate all of Glynraven’s energy wants.
Anderson has one other constructing challenge in thoughts for his farm. It is going to be a 2,000-square-foot log dwelling that initially stood on the old Boddie farm in southern Christian County.
Constructed 200 years in the past, the log home was almost torched within the Nineteen Eighties when Anderson stepped in to reserve it. A farmer who was managing the land for the Mormon church, which purchased the farm at public sale after the final native member of the Boddie household died, allowed Anderson to tug the home down, log by log, and haul it off.
“I spent a summer time dismantling it,” he stated.
The logs have been numbered and saved for a number of a long time in a tobacco warehouse in downtown Hopkinsville. About six years in the past, Anderson employed a number of Mennonite males to organize the logs to be shipped to California.
The Boddie farm and residential have been referred to as Hemphill. Through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Kentucky grew hemp for fiber. Christian County farmers have been among the many hemp growers that made Kentucky a serious producer. The state was the biggest producer within the nation between the Civil Struggle and 1912, in line with “A Historical past of the Hemp Trade in Kentucky,” a guide revealed by the College Press of Kentucky in 2015.
At present in California, there’s a large, rounded hill at Glynraven that Anderson calls Hemphill, and it’s the place he plans to reconstruct the log home from Kentucky.
“I can assemble it precisely because the Boddies did within the 1820s,” he stated.