HUMBOLDT GROWER

– the gold standard

HUMBOLDT GROWERS: BEHIND THE REDWOOD CURTAIN. — April 25, 2015

HUMBOLDT GROWERS: BEHIND THE REDWOOD CURTAIN.

Northern California’s Lost Coast is a wonderland of rolling hills and ancient forests, steeped in outlaw history. The place is the Bermuda Triangle of the West, shrouded in the mystique of the countercultural revolution that has taken place here over the last 35 years. Humboldt County growers have set the international gold standard for quality in cannabis production. With looming legalization, Humboldt Growers is moved by a keen sense of urgency, a concern that Humboldt County small farmers, with their exceptional product, will be cut out of the medical trade. We are at ground zero. Our reputation is unrivaled. Our local genetics have dominated the world market for over 30 years.

Through a combination of research and interviews, we are bringing to light issues and offering solutions relevant to cannabis farming in Humboldt County. Humboldt Growers is about offering answers. Humboldt Growers wants to help guide the Humboldt cannabis farmer in the creation of high quality medical cannabis products. To accomplish this, we will define and encourage artisan growing and artisan processing. This “artisan lifestyle” is fundamental to balancing economic and environmental sustainability. We want the best medical products, whether flower, tincture, salve, or clones and seeds. And to get that, we want to reach out on our blog with information in compliance with California state law that cannabis farmers can use. We encourage readers to remain in strict compliance with municipal, county and state laws and regulations; as well as adapting to future, ever-changing applicable laws. This compliance is crucial since cannabis is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government

We will address the labyrinth of compliance as well as political issues; and we will explore the state of the art in genetics, farming practice, appropriate stewardship of our lands, and safe use.  By engaging together, we can support each other and provide ourselves with a headstart and a base from which we each can form our own future business initiatives.

We want Humboldt County’s reputation to continue to dominate the world of cannabis as it has for many years.

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you may contact us at answers.humboldtgrowers@gmail.com

we encourage readers to remain in strict compliance with municipal, county and state laws and regulations; as well adapting to future, ever-changing applicable laws.

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A change in the wind…. — February 17, 2018

A change in the wind….

Until the government recognizes that cannabis is a culture more than it is an Ag crop we will get nowhere – until the government recognizes they have no control of this counter culture,  let alone this new industry

Washington
Oregon
Cali now

You did not include the cannabis leaders in the ramp up to 215.

You have not included them now.

This mistake will result in millions of people, not thousands, suffering the consequences.

And this ill considered way of thinking by government effects all small business not just small cannabis business.

Cannabis belongs to the American people. As much as we all hate the black market and all the dysfunction that comes with it…..it’s ours.

When government recognizes that they have no control and take our offer to give them a piece of our business in exchange for constitutional protection, we will be on the correct path. That’s the deal.

Government has again and again proven they have no control and the shortsighted legislatures end up always supporting the black market.

All stemming from the same basic misunderstanding.

Americans won this war and the US government lost. Until the government approaches it that way, legalization won’t work.

One year from now with all the states failing and 90% of investors reaching the 5 year mark on pro-formas….

Investors will pull out and legalization will collapse.

Legalization only works if we are part of it…..do the math.

You can’t eradicate, imprison, deport or murder us. I know you are not used to that……but unless you do you get used to it…. you will get your ass handed to you by the American public.

The cannabis world makes a place for everyone who was rejected or behind in this country….we are the underdogs…..we offer a path of hope.

Cannabis and cannabis culture is just like what Christianity was supposed to be.

Our Big Move… — February 6, 2018

Our Big Move…

Standing together we can all make one move right now that will turn the tables in our favor for good. Stop pre-trimming your product. Only trim for prepaid orders. Leave that huge pile of product you can’t afford to trim. Don’t trim it. The legal market buyers are only interested in purchasing your trim. They don’t seem to care if you can pay your bills or not. Side step that issue. Do not provide trim as a product for sale any more. If there is no trim available, buyers will be forced to buy the new product you are offering…..”bucked whole plant extractable biomass”. Once they are purchasing the whole plant, your problems are over.

Today we can’t staff our farms because the price point for trimming is still higher than it is for field work. As soon as people stop trimming their product prior to having orders for it, trimmers will start transitioning to field work for employment…..then we will have the staff we need.

Today our flower prices are plummeting because there is too much flower on the market. Our trim prices are increasing because there is not enough trim on the market and the value added products that are based on oil are in demand. Indoor flower still accounts for most of the flower sold over the counter. This is making it almost impossible for us to sell sun grown flower. Once we are selling a biomass product we will again be in control of supply and demand.

If we all work together.

That means we need Mendocino, our sister County (now the largest producer of biomass product). Together, we control most of the available unbranded product in the State. That means if we change the way we sell it, they will have to buy it that way.

Once we have established this new market we can affect the prices. Biomass bucked product weighs about 2 times what your trimmed flower does. If you have 100 pounds of trimmed flower…you also have about 100 pounds of trim. Sold as a bucked product (not separated), its over 200 pounds. When trim is extracted it yields about 10% by weight. When biomass bucked product is extracted it yields 15-25% by weight. Selling trimmed product with a trimming expense of $150-200/pound+running+compliance costs at $700-1000 a pound nets no profit. If you are selling a bucked product for $500 a pound (and double it by volume), then, apples to apples, you are grossing the same $1000, minus all the trimming costs, avoiding the taxes on trimmed flower, and avoiding compliance costs related to processing or packaging. Your expenses just went way down.

Stop trying to accomodate trimmers on your property. Stop trying to package your own product. 90% of cannabis businesses in the country lose their licenses due to non-compliance at the packaging or inventory stages. Let the distributor take the fall for you. Bucking your product down as it comes off the lines is not processing and does not require all the compliance official processing does. If you are only trimming small amounts of flower for pre-paid orders your compliance issues are significantly mitigated.

Don’t stop there. Take it one step further. Choose to only sell your extractable biomass product in the Emerald Triangle. Do not export anything in extractable form. Support Humboldt manufacturers if you are from Humboldt. Support Mendocino manufacturers if you are from Mendocino. Don’t use the companies that move up either. Use historic local and family run organizations. Do not allow outside extractors to have control of our extractable products and we will maintain control of the industry. Make sure all our products go through local supply chains and end up in consumers hands directly from us – with our brand.

Establishing an “extractable biomass market” will pave the way for local farms to enter the legal industry.

We can avoid our single largest expense.
We can transition our staff to the projects we need worked on.
We can redefine our product lines.
We can affect the prices.
We can keep the industry centered in the Emerald Triangle
We are in control….just take control.

The second your product is all trimmed you have given up your power play. Everyone must stand firm on this. When we do, we will be able to set prices that include enough profit to survive on. This is the most straight forward power play imaginable. Do what you already want to do. Stop trimming!

From back to the landers to take back the landers — January 29, 2018

From back to the landers to take back the landers

 

Here are some thoughts to consider :

There has been a running sentiment in our community for a long time, “get these green rush’n, big money growers out of our community”. For them, the breaking point may have been reached and now they are leaving. Bankrupt in all likelihood. This will give those who have wanted them gone an opportunity to retake the land.

It would be nice to have a mechanism by which those properties being vacated can go to faithful stewards of the land or new families moving in to staff all of our farms. The real estate values will drop on unlicensed properties and they could be within reach of young families. It would be a brilliant move by the County to start an entity that would buy up and then resell these properties. There could be a level of local regulation that could help expanding farms purchase adjacent properties thus increasing their employment opportunities. Create a housing program for placing young professionals and new farming families on these properties. We could even put them into a land-preserve to be sustainably managed.

Take the former Tooby Ranch as an example: the Tooby ranch is 13,000 acres comprised of parcels larger than 160 acre. There are 50ish owners in this area. The farms are larger and the density is lower and most of the owners are second generation farmers….rightful stewards.

This would be a great model to follow county wide as an idealized cannabis community. In the communities with 40 acre parcels, as residents are forced to leave those communities, the neighbors have the opportunity to lower density. The licensed successful farmers will need to expand into the land around them. The County needs to subsidize this by holding these properties in trust to be accessed by the farms when needed through application. We need a mechanism that holds property for local farmers and a job placement program for non compliant farmers who want to remain in the community as farmers.

This mechanism needs to also make homes available for new farming families and could encourage new residential construction. We have the talent living here; we need to keep them living here. As the properties change hands, we need to keep people in their homes and enable them to work in adjacent farms. We do not want the fabric of our community disrupted.

If it works or not, we all got to start thinking.

Steve
answers.humboldtgrowers@gmail.com

 

New Year’s Resolutions for the Humboldt grower – an attack plan in 21 points — January 18, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions for the Humboldt grower – an attack plan in 21 points

Start acting like farmers. This is not a hobby. This is not a hippy summer camp. Take this seriously. This is an energetic lifestyle. Get up at 5am. Work 365 days a year. Plants never sleep. Work with people who have a sense of urgency about making Humboldt farms successful. Assemble your A-team and bring your A-game. Prove that your sungrown is better than indoor.

Adopt a business model that has successful precedent in the real world. Start paying people salaries instead of percentages. Stop paying $200/unit to trim. Maintain your own genetics. Don’t just rely on whatever you can get from the guy next door.

The multiple harvest model is the wave of the future. You can not maintain year round employees or pay monthly bills with one crop a year. Year round business attracts contributing new members of our community. Full term crops promote black market paradigms and attracts derelict seasonal workers only here to take something from us.

Your going to need storage facilities with A/C now that you are harvesting all the time and have inventory all the time.

Pull out the corporation playbook. Start playing to win. Stop trying to be fair with farmers from Counties outside the triangle…its us or them. Make no mistake, we are about to put every other state out of business. The competition does not use words like “share” or “fair”. They don’t care about community or history. We are mounting a take over of the cannabis industry or we will be wiped out. We are the largest corporation in the world…..start thinking that way. Identify the competition and take them down – Tilray, Privateer, Weedmaps, Leafly, Harborside, all this talk of Salinas…..just some of the entities who have spent millions lobbying to put an end to Humboldt County small farmers and continue to fight to limit our success in the marketplace. Don’t support them!

Large scale agriculture can not replicate what we have, especially without our climatic conditions or our Humboldt brand. The balance point of a farm that can still maintain our standard is around 10-20,000 sq ft. We can create co-ops in that size range.

Position our crop ahead of the competition. That means harvest in July and fill all the shelves with Humboldt cannabis before the other guys even harvest. Either do crop light deprivation or start growing auto flowering plants in your outdoor buckets.

Genetics: our local geneticists must lead the way for the nation. Develop and distribute the strains that our farmers need. Choose strains designed for commercial outdoor growing. Stop trying to grow indoor only studio strains. Stop blindly following market studies. Everything will taste like lemons, blueberries or strawberries in a couple of years if we just keep doing what the studies say. Lead by example. Those with the discerning palate should be creating the strains we smoke. The consumer is very young and in the experimental phase. As they age they will want more genuine flavors…make sure they still exist. Don’t throw out a thousand years of genetics that the world loves because a few market studies tell you so. Our job is maintain the continuity; we have a legacy to uphold.

Stop hiding the information. Statistics clearly show if we all have access to genetics and techniques, we stand a greater chance to establish a market. Keeping those things to yourself is not only selfish but counterproductive and anti community. Arm our troops with the best weapons and as one we will win. You can’t do it alone. Strains don’t get famous with one guy growing them.

Define the products. We have the largest crop. Extracts are the largest growing segment of the industry. We, by default, control this market. Every extract company who is serious at all will be dealing with us. We can define the way we sell them product and set the prices it sells at – we sell bucked flower at $600 a pound driving the prices of oil through the roof and pushing the market back to flower consumption. And back into our hands.

Test at home. All Humboldt product must be tested in Humboldt.

Manufacture at home. Support and use local manufacturing. Don’t fuel manufacturers statewide.

Deliver: we already have more distribution companies than anyone. Only use local distribution. Do not use any outside sources. Bring the product directly to the customers. Never ask them to come get it. Reverse the Humboldt paradigm.

By centralizing services in Humboldt, we will limit the amount of cannabis business that can take place outside the County…..they can only exist if we use their services. All testing and all manufacturing must take place within Humboldt. No outsiders. We just end up funding outside facilities with loyalties to our competitors…..we pay their bills so they can stay open and service our competition. Stop fueling the fire.

Sales and Pricing: when thinking about branding and naming products use regional and historic references to root your product in reality. Preserve traditional flavors through modern interpretations. Your product has a story that goes back 1000s of years. we have the lower taxes and a climate that allows us very low running costs. We can grow three runs a year. We can deliver product at the lowest prices. We can take the market.

Attract the talent: there are very few people that know how to grow the way we do. People trained as indoor growers don’t have any experience playing the climate. People who grow full term outdoor have no skills in multiple harvest models. Everyone in the ag industry wants to work for smaller companies….no one wants to work for corporations. People are flocking from all over the country to work for us as the other states go bankrupt and become corporate. If we take all the people in the country who either know or can be taught how to do this….the competition will have no one to work for them.

Housing: provide comfortable housing for families. We lack housing in this County. We need on farm and off farm housing to attract the work force we need to succeed. This comes down to permitting septics. If you are on a property that is too steep or wooded for a leach field, ask your supervisors, planners, and the Waterboard why Humboldt is the last County in the State still not allowing aerobic treatment plants which are being force implemented everywhere because they recycle 100% of waste water. This system would allow every property in the County to have a code septic solution.

Training programs: we have all the knowledge. Again no one knows how to do this outside of the Triangle. We must establish centralized training programs and job placement on our farms. These programs work hand in hand with human resource companies to staff our farms. Human resources in cannabis can not be successful without integral training programs.

Hospitality: we have something to show off..our authentic history. The competition has nothing. Start inviting people onto your farm. We are open people now not closed off people. Bring them to us; tell them your story and they will be with us forever.

Millennials have been deprived of the genuine real work experiences and rich history in our country. They want what they don’t have. They want a real adventure behind the redwood curtain. They want a real American story; the kind of story that seems so unbelievable, it becomes legend as you tell it.

On site sales: sell it the way we alway did. Get on site sales permits to bypass the dispensary bullshit. Make no mistake; they do not want you on their shelves. They are scared to death of us.

Black market farmers are part of our community. While we are fighting on the
State front, the 90% of our farmers who did not register (because they know there is no way to sell their product in state), are still out there fighting on the national front line for us. Because of them, when the feds legalize we will still have a national market. Without them, we will lose it. Legal companies can not advertise or compete nationally. Our community can not function without them.

The take away lesson: those who have been so persecuted must make a conscious decision to stop the persecution as a tool all together. Adopt a new model. The son beaten does not then beat his son. Don’t divide our community by supporting the continued persecution of those in the black market. Get along. Respect people’s decisions. No one really had choices. We all did what we had to do. You don’t get to just start turning them in. That breaks the code and undermines the values we live by.

What we have done: — January 12, 2018

What we have done:

The people of Humboldt County have done amazing work as Americans in the fight for cannabis legalization. Make no mistake, cannabis was legalized in California by the mass of people growing it. A breaking point had to be reached to bring about legalization. The bubble popped. This was the first war to my knowledge fought by families with plants in their hands rather than swords. We have just been a part of one of the most rigorous tests our Constitution has ever been put through. If we had been somewhere else, this would have either been a cartel run industry or we would have all just been squashed. Only in the United States, where a people are protected by their Constitution, as we have been, could this have happened.

This war was not won by lobbyists or by convincing the government. It was won by sheer numbers in force…just like any other war. We are now negotiating a treaty. We are going for full constitutional protection as American citizens. We are American Heroes not criminals. We are the peaceful activists that changed the world. Whether you planted one plant or a million plants we all fought on the same side….together.. Even if you were just a nice hippy who liked the laid back lifestyle and just moved up here a few years ago…those plants you grew, you grew with us, with purpose, in the fight for our rights and our freedoms. We won! one of the greatest victories in history. Many soldiers that spent decades with us in our community can now go home….no longer needed. But, we cannot abandon those front lines that we have so long held.

When wars are over, there is lots of clean up to do – our communities, our families, our futures. The old paradigms are changing but there are important parts of our history that need to remain. What we built in Humboldt is unique to the world – KMUD, the MATEEL community center, our local infrastructure, the land itself – these icons must be held steadfast; they have become our own national treasures. They are the basis for our strong community and they do not exist anywhere else. We need to cherish them. These are the tools that will bring us success in the coming years. We are the strongest cannabis farming community in the world. We have all we need right here at home. Stand your ground here. Don’t sell out!

How do we cooperate in unity together so we can continue to wield our full strength collectively? We are a group of people who agree to disagree…..trying to get people to engage the process. The success of the small family farmer in the fight for legalization arose from a system of decentralized cells, a headless horseman, just blades of grass blowing in the wind. We are an impenetrable matrix, a Redwood Curtain, with no head to bite off; we are a sustainable anarchy, a group of independents that does not need to reach agreement because what we have built was built on a common trust and a common interest. We are word of mouth. Real grass roots hippy stuff. We may never get a consensus around here…….but we never needed one before. If you know Humboldt, then you know this.

It’s not over. What we have accomplished and what we have made, we can lose. We stand to lose our community if we don’t watch out. Many of us are scared of being taken down by the big fish…we need to stop obsessing on the size of our farms. As a unit of independent cells standing side by side facing the same direction we are all 1000 times larger than they will ever be. Just look in the mirror. We are the biggest small business in the world!

We have done more for small business and entrepreneurship than any industry in American history. We have written the most environmentally forward thinking agriculture regulations ever. Don’t stop there. Bad things happen when good people do nothing…….go all the way. Don’t stop until the whole country is smoking organic sungrown flower. It is our political move. Pharmaceutical empires and health care can be reimagined. Cannabis is the flashpoint. Make the connection between health and recreation. Happy people live longer. They need us more than ever. So don’t put down your plants! SHARPEN your shovels to a fine point and Sound the Charge!

steve & Tobias

what is with all the sensationalism? —

what is with all the sensationalism?

On a recent reading of “Bigfoot, bullets and bud: My insane Humboldt County weed harvest,” by Tara Anaïse – as printed on Salon at

Bigfoot, bullets and bud: My insane Humboldt County weed harvest

Well, the obvious response is that is just the way journalism is. I suspect so, but this approach, essentially fictionalized reality or sensationalism, does the public and the emerging cannabis industry a disservice.

And here’s the thing, sometimes bad things happen in a criminal world – how is this some kind of shocking surprise? Yet, at least in Humboldt, the criminal world of cannabis is embedded in a larger culture and history – cannabis helped to build schools, community centers and a radio station in Humboldt. And, sensationalism denies the reader any understanding of this.

Repeated media outlets have followed this path; we assume that this sells and that is why these media would bother to distort. The cannabis lifestyle is exciting enough without adding false narratives.

We are in transition. The old days are passing and the new days are just appearing over the horizon. There is no place in this new world for these kinds of anti-cannabis screeds.

steve

Cannabis Genetics Primer — December 2, 2017

Cannabis Genetics Primer

Oh, it is a complicated subject; but it is one that you can get your brain around. Let’s start with two terms – landrace and hybrid. These two categories are how cannabis comes; landrace strains are the relatively few that have evolved, pretty much on their own, in their native lands and hybrid strains are those that humans have been breeding. The most important types of cannabis are indica and sativa – the hybrids are combinations of these.

When you start breeding, you want your parent specimens (P1 and P2) to be as pure as possible – and this is really not always possible. So, it is very important that you breed for two or more characteristics or traits – potency, odor or color, etc.; but don’t try more than that on your first round. The seeds from your first round will be F1 and they will show all the dominate traits of the two parents. But, F1 is unstable and tend to not breed true as F2. You must pick out the traits you are isolating from the F1 line – say, a purple male and a purple female; by crossing plants with similar traits, you increase your chances of having a purple offspring.

Now you have an F2 and you are starting down the path to a stable strain. As you continue to cross for similar characteristics as your create new generations of cannabis, the F3, F4, F5 and more will become more and more reliable – eventually, your crossing will always show the purple characteristic.

A tip; clone your original P1 and your F1, F2 and so on. If there is a characteristic in the F1 that you do not want to lose, cloning will help you keep it. This is not breeding – which always involves pollen. You can also back cross your F1 or F2 into your P1 clone.

Do not rest on your laurels. Watch very carefully that your characteristic is expressing. And, be patient as it takes several seasons to achieve your breeding goals.

This has been real down and dirty. Dig around on the web for more information. Google “ cannabis breeding” and check out the images that come up. All those little breeding diagrams ought to make some more sense now.

Humboldt Growers Collective has seeds… — November 30, 2017

Humboldt Growers Collective has seeds…

Humboldt Growers Collective has a selection of 2017 cannabis seeds available to its members. These were propagated and harvested here on the farm. Please get in touch if you would like more information. You must have proof of your 215 and join the Collective.

You can reach us at answers.humboldtgrowers@gmail.com.

We plan to offer many stains. A few are shown below; email us to find out what else we have available.

One of the strains the Collective can offer is Grand Daddy Purple. This is an F3 that has been backcrossed to its 2016 parent.

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Another of the strains the Collective can offer is Harlequin Tsunami, known for its CBD rich cannabis. This is also an F3 – based on the original work of Larry Ringo.

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And then, we have our own OG strain; this is in part based on Rascal and our own developed OG, which we call Hez. Continue reading

Humboldt Growers now distributes! — November 17, 2017

Humboldt Growers now distributes!

Humboldt Growers has expanded its operations to include a new distributorship in Santa Rosa, California – Humboldt Growers Distribution. Catchy name, eh?

We are very excited to have acquired this centrally located facility. We believe that this will allow us to be one of the main access points between Humboldt County and the urban areas around Santa Rosa.

Our Santa Rosa showroom opens January 1st. You can bring your farm’s story to the front line. We can help you with several of the sales problems that are rising up at the horizon. Don’t be left up on the mountain.

Contact us with your current product line so we can get you into our inventory asap.

Email us at answers.humboldtgrowers@gmail.com
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We have minimum farmer cient requirements =

– 215/Collective member option (until 2019)

– Preferred customers are County and State licensed or in process

– Clean, tested cannabis or cannabis product (with a report in hand/ we prefer a track record)

– Must be very high quality product – competition demands this
– well formed and attractive flower = (looks like indoor)
– high THC percentage
– distinctive odor or other characteristic

– Preferred sample size is one pound (but could be less). We will need our growers to reserve more of their sample for projected sales)

– Preferred dep grown, but we will accept other options if appropriate. We prefer multiple harvest farms growing clones.

– Provide a short narrative of your story.

– We will want to visit your farm and facility to make an assessment.
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We have minimum distributor client requirements =

Yes, we want to help your distributorship sell Humboldt cannabis through our distributorship.

– You need intake from as few sources as possible.

– We can help match total farm production annually to meet your distribution needs annually.