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    Debbie Steele, Alex's grandaughter

In December, 2007, Alex and Debra White Plume's house burned down. Alex is the most-celebrated hemp farmer in the world.

Alex and Debra have built a temporary house, using material from the White Plume Community Center that was only built a few years ago. The Community Center is a model wind-and-solar energy installation. The wind turbine and solar panels were installed by Matt Rankin's High Plains Wind & Solar.

Hemphasis and the White Plume clan collaborated with American Limetec of Chicago to rebuild the Community Center with a model hempcrete installation.

Page 1 of pages 2 and 3 of photos of this phase of the project.    Here to see second phase.     Jeremy's photos

At right: Two pictures of the White 
Plume clan / Kiza Park 
Community Center, as it looked 
in 2007. In both, the wind turbine 
(located about 50feet beyond 
the building) and solar panels 
are visible.

Lakota Hempcrete Project
May 14 2008 

The Hemphasis crew begins
stripping the siding from the 
Community Center.

The building is about 26 feet
by 41 feet, with an 8-foot 
rafter height.

The crew prepares the 
building for its Hemcrete®
insulative walls.

At near right, we cut a window
where one was needed.

Far right and below, the
Hemcrete® materials. "Hemp
shiv" (or shive) is the hurds of
hemp stalks, what's left after 
the fiber has been stripped
from the stalk. It looks like
wood chips.

"Hemp Binder" is a high-lime
cement mix. The shiv, binder,
and water are combined to
produce the wall, which we
will (below) place in forms and
allow to set up.

Learn more about these products
at American Limetec.

Mike and Andrew on the roof.

After the siding was removed,
we removed the chip-board
underlay, leaving only the
upright 3x8 frame studs.

Far right: Alex White Plume's
bison graze in a prairie dog
town a hundred yards from 
our work.

Jeremy, Jeremy and Lief ponder.

Andrew, "herbin' cowboy"

After removing the chipboard 
underlay, we place mesh over 
the studs on the ouside. The
mesh will become the outer
surface of the hempcrete walls,
providing an anchoring surface
for the stucco/plaster that will
be applied after the hempcrete

After the mesh is put up, the 
chipboard is nailed back on
as a temporary outer form, to
prevent the mesh from bowing
out during the process of
filling and tamping the hemp-

Alex White Plume talks with
Daniel Nersesian, who is
filming a hemp documentary.

Far right and far right below:
Hempcrete tamped into forms.
The walls are now 12 inches 

At right: a wheelbarrow dump of
hempcrete on the floor. About
90% of the volume of the 
material is comprised of the hemp
shive. The rest is the binder, with 
just enough water added to make
it feel damp. It is a much dryer
mixture than, say, concrete or

Ristan, Tony and Jeremy fill 
wheelbarrows with freshly-
mixed hempcrete. The mixer is
to the left, out of the picture. See
below for mixer pix.

Far right and below: crew fills 
forms and tamps hempcrete. Lief
waits for an opening while John,
Kim, Adena and Laurafill and 
tamp the 'crete.

Nersesian films the work.

Near right: Jeremy and Nate
listen to Mario, from American
Limetec. John, also from 
Limetec, is at right in the pic.

Far right: Caroline shovels the

Mixing crew primes another batch.

Briggs gets dusty.

Hempcrete Camp

Kiza Park is a very nice spot in
which to spend a few tenting

Near: Tony, Amy, Laura, Tazia.

Far: Andrew, Konnie, Alex.

Kim (nearer) and Debbie.

(Nearer) Jen, and Tazia.


Briggs always brings the frolf.

Lakota Riders provide rides for 

Nearer: Amy, Linda?, Alex, 

Far: Amy, Tazia, kim.

Wherever Alex was, there were

There was crazy s'mores going on.



More of the May 13-19, 2008, Lakota Hempcrete Camp

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