Our Founder and CEO, Bob VanWingerden, comes from a large family with a dominant horticulture background. His father emigrated from Holland when he was young and started many greenhouse businesses across the country. In 1985, Bob continued in his father’s footsteps and founded Catoctin Mountain Growers, a family owned and operated commercial greenhouse nestled in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains near Frederick, Maryland. He started with just 1 acre of greenhouse space but has since expanded to a 18 acre state-of-the-art facility. Today, Catoctin Mountain Growers is a trusted wholesale plant grower and distributor to large corporations such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Giant Food.
In 2019, the VanWingerdens took their growing expertise to the rapidly evolving hemp industry and founded Catoctin Hemp. The company quickly expanded from an established Maryland hemp grower and processor to a premier vertically integrated manufacturer by 2021. Having full control over their production process allowed for quality control and integrity at each step; from hemp growing, processing, oil extraction, and product formulation to finished consumer hemp products. Through unparalleled vertical integration, Catoctin Hemp has the ability to craft true Full Spectrum CBD products at the most affordable prices on the market.