Bringing It Home

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Hemp has long been part of the landscape of industry and commerce and figured prominently in North American agriculture until the panic over marijuana use in the late 1930s led the US authorities to ban the cultivation of any sort of hemp.  The need for cordage in the Second World War brought back limited cultivation of the plant, but hemp has remained in eclipse until fairly recently. Recently, licenses have been issued by federal governments in both the US and Canada for the cultivation of hemp and the uses of the plant have expanded as industry has discovered the many uses of hemp. Its versatility extends from cloth to construction, fuel to feedstock for plastics.

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The distinction between hemp and marijuana is made quite clearly. Industrial hemp contains only the slightest traces of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

From the film’s press kit:

Filmmakers Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson were inspired by environmentally-conscious home designer Anthony Brenner’s story to find the healthiest building material available to build a safe indoor environment for his young daughter Bailey, who has a sensitivity to synthetic chemicals. Brenner received national media attention when he and Hemp Technologies completed “America’s First Hemp House” for the former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina. Booker and Johnson tell the story of hemp through animation, archival images and footage they filmed with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs like Brenner in England, Spain, Washington D.C., California and North Carolina.


The screening of “Bringing It Home” in your location is part of a national grassroots screening tour across the country, “We made “Bringing It Home” with the intention of reaching a broad spectrum of viewers – from policy makers and civic groups, to farmers and health advocates, from consumers to the construction industry –with the same strategic message about how hemp offers solutions and hope,” says Director Linda Booker. The documentary aims to magnify dialogue and legislative action about hemp in order to facilitate America’s transition to a more informed, sustainable, and healthy future.


Alberni Valley Transition Towns Society is a group of dedicated volunteers working to promote sustainability and resilience through a diversified and relocalized economy. Our interest in screening the film is to initiate dialogue about the possible cultivation of hemp in the valley with the idea that it might engender small industrial initiatives to create employment and local prosperity.

Screening Date: October 15, 2014

Screening Time: 7:00 p.m.

Screening Location: Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

Admission/Suggested Donation: Free to public, anyone who wants to contribute to the defrayal of costs is most welcome to give what they wish.


For more information about the event, please contact Alberni Valley Transition Towns Society through our Facebook page or our website:


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September Gathering


We will convene our regular September meeting at 6:00 on Wednesday, September 17 at Char’s Landing. Please send agenda items to the list serve, either main or Foodgroup, or to  Dan.  We will be hosting a screening and discussion of The Good Life, The Green Life courtesy of the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives. The general public is welcome, though all must be 19 years old or older because of licensing issues. Donations to defray costs are welcome, but not necessary. Hope to see lots of people out.