It was when I saw the first hemp lingerie on the site that I knew, finally, that this Hemptsy dream had become reality.
In the lead-up to the launch of this natural fiber artisan craft site, I envisioned craftspeople and farmers uploading their raw hemp hurd for animal bedding. Maybe some wool/hemp blended handmade shirts. Probably several batches of nutritious hemp hearts.
All very cool. And those things are there. But I accidentally created a regenerative Victoria’s Secret? I could think of a worse epitaph.
So here is the launch announcement promised in the previous Dispatch From the Funky Butte Ranch. It comes three weeks after the last one instead of one mostly because I’ve been planting hemp in Vermont — that’s me somewhat precariously manning the seed drill behind the biofuel-powered tractor in the photo you’ll see at the end of this Dispatch. If I look happy, it’s because I’M PLANTING HEMP.
Our Vermont project is a family farm co-op, incidentally. Our seed press, the gooey omega-rich outflow of which will be appearing on Hemptsy moments after harvest, is a 100-yard walk from one of our fields.
If you didn’t see the previous Hemptsy announcement, the elevator pitch is this: in the Digital Age, we wanted to create a marketplace (and thus a living) for Artisans who create with hemp and other natural materials.
It’s worked – we have wares on the site from South Africa to Oregon, Australia to Slovenia to the Beltway. And we only launched an hour ago.
Hemptsy, as of today, is open for business. Thanks for shopping here for all your gift, clothing, footwear, jewelry, raw fiber, cosmetic, literature, romantic and even livestock needs. The categories will keep growing as artisans continue to upload their magnificent work.
To you folks reading this, supreme thanks spreading the word about it, and helping it grow. Artisans will continually be adding their wares, we’ll have a gift card option up soon, and, well, now I’m ready for the men’s hemp underwear….
In the end, I’m still kind of blown away by the fact that humanity’s Digital Age survival, and the future industrial pipeline, from super-capacitors to nanotechnology, begins with a seed.
That’s fantastic, of course. What Hemptsy does is makes sure that craftsfolk have a shop for their one-of-a-kind and small batch artistry.
Join us at (and book) Literally Hemp Bound events around the world.