The rooted structure of The Old Homestead, now Homestead Hemp 1787, dates back 233 years when Reverend Clark Rogers established the farm in upstate New York. The property was said to be bought from a Revolutionary War soldier who was paid in land for his efforts in the war. The story goes that rather than keep the 558 acres that was granted to him, he sold it to Clark Rogers and his three sons. The sons built three log cabins on the same property the Rogers family lives on today. Almost ten years later in 1786, the town of Hebron was established.
When my family farm, The Old Homestead, got the opportunity to start growing hemp through the New York State Pilot Research Program, I knew that we were about to embark on a journey bigger than us. At the time, I was living just outside of New York City, so I moved back home to put everything I had into seeing this new venture be successful for my family. We’ve had our family farm since 1787, and I refuse to be the generation to have to let it go. Knowing little to no knowledge about hemp or CBD, I unhesitatingly dove headfirst in the wild west cannabis industry, renaming the farm to Homestead Hemp 1787.