HUMBOLDT GROWER

– the gold standard

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

HUMBOLDT GROWERS NETWORK: 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 counter cultural 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  legalization, Humboldt County Network is moved by the same keen sense of urgency, a concern that Humboldt County small farmers, with their exceptional product, will be cut out of the cannabis trade. We are at ground zero. Our reputation is unrivaled. Our local genetics have dominated the world market for over 30 years. But it is all at risk.

We will stand our ground as best we can. As all of us must.

Through a combination of research, interviews and editorials, we are bringing to light issues and offering solutions relevant to cannabis farming in Humboldt County and across the State. Humboldt Growers Network is about offering answers. Humboldt Growers Network wants to foster Humboldt cannabis.

By engaging together, we can support each other. We want Humboldt County’s reputation to continue to dominate the world of cannabis as it has for many years.

defiance

Resist


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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Orchard house flower garden… — May 6, 2018
Trump… — May 5, 2018
and, we got turkeys… — May 4, 2018

and, we got turkeys…

so, my neighbor has been feeding wildlife close to our property for several years. This is actually illegal; the practice creates artificially expanded wildlife populations. Now we have an overflow. We found these turkey eggs under one of our olive trees today. The hen waddled away with a limp; this must be why we found them in such an unlikely place. Usually we don’t see hide or hair of our turkeys’ eggs. Just plenty of birds. Anyway…

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Pretty things, huh?

And, a turkey egg, asparagus and ham quiche – and it was really good…

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My Wife’s Tools of the Day… — April 21, 2018
2018 Cannabis Bed Preparation… — March 31, 2018

2018 Cannabis Bed Preparation…

so, we had to move our gardens up out of the woods and put them on government “approved” ground – the only ground that would please them was my previous vegetable garden. Here is a sequence of images from bare ground to the finished and planted bed. When we are done, we expect each 25 square feet to produce about a pound and a half.

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And, we ran out of soil; so, we will use beds targeted for the new veggie garden.

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A few name changes… —

A few name changes…

With legalization making our “215 cannabis collective” irrelevant, Humboldt Growers Collective is morphing into Humboldt Growers Network, a distributorship dedicated to serving the Humboldt farmer and bringing Humboldt product to the cannabis consumer. Our new cannabis farm names are Homegrown Farms, Inc., Mazari Farms, Inc., and Flore Farms, Inc.. We will have our nurseries up and running as soon as the County starts granting temporary nursery licenses.

You can continue to use answers.humboldtgrowers@gmail.com to communicate with us.

Biomass —

Biomass

 

The way we sell products is changing and it seems like the distributors want your trim and don’t want your flower. How do you spend $500+/lb in production, while selling trim at $50/lb.?? With that plan, you can’t afford to trim your flower. Can we keep our high grade flower market? Not if you are selling it for what it cost you to grow. That won’t work.

The distributors are each looking to sign up 200 plus farms based on the amount of trim they need a year for their business plan….. 200 farms x 300 lbs per farm = 60,000 lbs of ex-tractable material a year. They get their material but these farms all go bankrupt. Now if that distributor would take biomass “whole plants bucked”,  he could get the same amount of material from half the farms. In this model the distributor takes all the produce from each farm he works with. This will work for the farmer if the price point is right.

We just need to settle on a price that is fair in relation to the cost of production. This would be a model that can keep farms alive. For example: Humboldt’s leading product becomes whole plants bucked selling at $500/lb – this would include both flower and trim. By weight, flower and trim are on a 1 to 1 ratio – this means the farmer is getting twice the weight. Humboldt will have an estimated 250 acres of permitted cannabis cultivation in the next few months……that is still a large enough crop to sway the extraction market.

The plan is simple: extraction companies need so much material, they have to get it from the Triangle. The Triangle is only offering bucked whole plant material…..trim and flower are no longer separated. The wholesale price of that product is our production costs x 2 – at minimum. That is the bottom line that we need to enforce. The sooner we all start using the math to our advantage, the sooner we can get the pricing set on this new product line and sleep at night.

Cannabis international market… — March 11, 2018
Sunrise… — March 8, 2018
poor corporate behavior… —

poor corporate behavior…

Boycott Weedmaps

 

We are recommending that anyone who has used Weedmaps, stop; this includes all customers and all licensed dispensaries.  Weedmaps has not been our friend. They do not care about cannabis or cannabis culture; they care only about their advertising revenue. They have been intentionally advertising black market businesses to the determent of legal business – undercutting the whole thing. We also suggest that you continue your boycott even if they stop their present course. The State has been forced to send them a “cease and desist” letter. We do not want this kind of business in the cannabis trade. Resist.