Sir Paul McCartney reveals that he is growing hemp on his farm, but he has explained how he has to hide the crops so that the teenagers don’t steal the plants.
The Beatles star, 79, has begun to harvest hemp as well as spelled wheat, rye and peas at his property in Peacemarsh, near Rye.
Hemp – which is legal to grow in the UK if licensed – is a plant that comes from a species similar to cannabis. But unlike cannabis, cannabis has very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Engaged: Sir Paul McCartney reveals he’s growing cannabis on his farm, but he’s told how to hide his crops so teens don’t steal the plants
The product is used to make textiles, cosmetics, rope, printer’s ink, wood preservative, detergent, soap and light oil.
Speaking on the River Cafe Table 4 podcast, he said: ‘We grow crops, I like to do things like grow spelled wheat, rye, peas.
‘We’re really just growing hemp, the funny thing with government regulations is you have to put it where people can’t see it, because you rob all the kids by coming in!’
He further informed that his farm is completely organic and the property does not use any pesticides or fertilizers.
Product: Hemp – which is legal to grow in the UK if licensed – is a plant that comes from a species similar to cannabis
He said: ‘It’s organic. I went organic 20 years ago. When I first bought the farm, there were some fields where people from my farm used to say, ‘There are no insects in these fields. There is no life.’
‘That’s because basically you just put on pesticides and then put on fertilizer. I thought, ‘Okay, that’s a challenge, we’re going to be organic.’
Paul also famously makes his own wine on the farm which he sends to his famous friends, including Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
He said on the podcast: ‘We make our own wine. Over the years I’d heard that a neighbor might be selling some land that was next to us so I went to one and said, ‘I heard you’re selling a hop garden…’ Long story short I got and Then I thought, ‘I need to start doing hops,’ that’s because the area where we’re in Sussex was a huge hop growing area.
Paul – who was seen walking in London today (pictured) – revealed that his farm is completely organic and the property uses no pesticides or fertilizers
‘So I went to a local brewer who in the village near us said, ‘Will you make me some beer? I will grow hops and you all together, all organic.’ So he did, and then we were looking for a name for the beer, these artisan beers have their crazy names.
‘I was walking through our woods one day with my wife, Linda. I stopped and went, ‘You won’t believe what you see now.’ She went, ‘What?’ and caught up with me.
‘It was a stinkhorn, it’s a fungus that’s white and erect and very phallic, I mean it looked like an erect penis and then next to it, which is even better, there was another one that looked like a limp penis Was. I said, ‘Don’t blame me, it’s nature.’
‘So that’s what our beer is called, Old Steinkhorn. I send it to friends, I just send it to friends, we don’t make it much, it’s a personal thing.’
Friends: Paul also famously makes his own ale on the farm which he sends to his famous friends, including Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards (pictured last week).
This comes after Sir Paul revealed that he is behind a series of mysterious classified ads that are being used to promote his new book.
The singer posted several advertisements in local newspapers including Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Daily Record where ‘Grandudes were looking for Nandude’.
Her new children’s picture book – Granddude’s Green Submarine – is out this week and posters in the commercials ask people to join in Nandude’s search, daily Mirror.
Sources told the publication that they chose specific regional papers…