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George Washington’s Hemp Farm

February 2, 2007

Good Morning World and beyond;
Up at 4 AM in Pe Ell, if your not a logger, not much else to do but watch C-Span. This morning, after a short open phone session, the topic for the next 2 hours was Mt. Vernon. Home and plantation of our first President, and yes he was a hemp farmer.
After watching Brian Lamb (C-Span’s creator and part-time host) with a gentlemen from Mt. Vernon, take the viewers through the new educational center, which closely resembles a Presidential Library or Museum. Viewers started calling-in, asking questions of the hosts. Washington’s story is the story of a self-reliant America.
As the calls came in, I began to wonder if anyone would call and question the spokesman about Mt. Vernon’s history with hemp. I waited, and waited, waited and waited some-more. I had the phone in my had, but the call-in numbers were only shown at the beginning, which I missed. Finally, with just 3 minutes of the show remaining, the call. A gentlemen caller ask the question.
“Was hemp grown on Mt. Vernon at the time of Washington’s ownership.”
To my surprise, the spokesman didn’t hesitate a moment when he told the viewers of how important hemp was for Mt. Vernon at the time this Country was young and struggling. The question I would have like to follow-up with is, with the new colonial agricultural area you have newly opened to the public, are you planting hemp today? If not, why not?
It was mentioned during the show, 316 slaves lived on the plantation. I would like to know, how many of those slaves were assigned to the hemp fields?
I mentioned earlier how important hemp was to this nation in it’s infancy. There have been other times in this nations history when hemp played a big part in keeping up a free and prosperous nation. World War 2 comes to mind with the Dept. of War’s “Hemp for Victory” program. We had allowed ourselves to become dependent of a foreign source of fiber. When supply lines were cut, no fiber was available to rig our Navy. With-in weeks a plan was spawned to grow hemp again.
Merely three years after congress regulated hemp farming out of existence, Kentucky farmers were preparing their most fertile land to grow the seed stock for the “Hemp for Victory” program. The next spring farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and many other states in the mid-west had planted over 450,000 acres by the end of WW2.
Hemp could play a big roll again putting America back on the right track. We should become the leaders in technology using hemp as a feed stock for bio-fuels and new clean chemistry. We can’t drill our way out of this energy crisis, but we can grow our way out of it.
That’s enough from Pe Ell

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 4, 2007 7:48 pm

    Interesting – maybe telling – was how many true leaders came out of the small population in the colonies at that time…people who had both academic knowledge and experience (wisdom). Yet today, with around 300 million folk, we have zero people who seem to inspire the spirit we need to pull ourselves out of this mess. Solution – open politics and higher education up to everyone based on merit, not ability to buy their way in. This herd needs new seed….
    Love ya brother,
    b

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