George Washington’s Hemp Farm

Mount Vernon Hemp Harvesting

Did you know our First President George Washington cultivated hemp on the farms that make up Mount Vernon?

He had it grown for rope, sewing thread, canvas and for seines used during fishing.

On February 24, 1794 George Washington wrote to William Pearce:

I am very glad to hear that the Gardener has saved so much of the St. foin seed, and that of the India Hemp. Make the most you can of both, by sowing them again in drills. . . Let the ground be well prepared, and the Seed (St. loin) be sown in April. The Hemp may be sown any where. “


In a bid to help visitors to Mount Vernon better understand Washington’s life, hemp is now being grown again on the land.

Hemp is not only useful for providing the flowers needed to create quality phytocannabinoid rich CBD oil as we carry in Mother’s Botanics tinctures, it is also helping modern visitors to Mount Vernon see a part of our first president’s land as it might have looked when he walked the grounds.

Photo courtesy of www.mountvernon.org

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