Why Did George Washington Grow Hemp?

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As a farmer, George Washington grew a variety of crops, including hemp. In fact, he refers to hemp around ninety times in his diaries. At the beginning, he was hoping it would become a lucrative cash crop, but in the end, he decided to invest in growing wheat as a cash crop. However, he still raised hemp on all five of the farms that are a part of Mount Vernon. He used hemp to make canvas, clothing, rope, and to repair fishing nets.

In May 2018, horticulturists planted hemp on Mount Vernon once again. They began harvesting in late August.

Other Uses of Hemp

George Washington used hemp to make things like rope and clothing, and we’re happy to see people now using hemp for those reasons and many more. It can be used for

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