Decedents of Gen. George Patton III gathered around a kitchen table in August of 2017 to discuss the future of the family’s organic farm located in Hamilton.
Joanna Patton, the family’s matriarch, orchestrated the meeting after her husband, Major General George Patton IV died in 2004, and she could no longer on her own continue his legacy — an organic farm called Green Meadows.
Then grandchildren of the four-star general suggested combining the family’s two legacies: the military and organic farming.
Except rather than cultivating fruits and vegetables, the Pattons could harvest cannabis to further benefit veterans.
“My mom wasn’t there that day, but she was initially skeptical,” Bob Patton said. “Her first words were ‘Over my dead body.’”
A year later Joanna Patton became one of the most ardent supports for the birth of the cannabis company. Four years after a conversation around the family table, the Pattons are set to debut Green Meadows in Southbridge as a medical dispensary and wholesale cultivation supplier of organic cannabis.
“I’m of an older generation and some peers were not pleased,” Patton said. “I respect the other side. But all I can do is do this correctly. All we can do as a family is do it correctly.”