Despite his many successes in his military and political life, George Washington saw himself first and foremost as a farmer. This is according to the official guidebook of Mount Vernon. By 1799, the last year of Washington's life, Mount Vernon was an 8,000 acre plantation divided into five farms, four of them devoted to agriculture. The fifth was the Mansion House Farm. He was quite knowledgeable in the latest and best farm equipment as plows, and he checked into what was the strongest animal to pull those plows- which is the mule. He probably was the first in our country to compost animal manure and a variety of organic materials to cure into fertilizer. Pictured below is his compost repository.