HUMBOLDT GROWER

– the gold standard

Humboldt Growers 2016 genetics… — July 15, 2016

Humboldt Growers 2016 genetics…

We are working on a mazari/cookie cross. It is looking good – very early, mazari rugged and cookie sweet…

Just harvested the test buds. These should be THC high – should be real good for pain relief. We will test em soon.

 

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Another experiment – mazari crossed with purple urkle

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and, finally, urkle crossed to urkle.

We are planning that these crosses will stabilize into very early, very tough and very powerful cannabis. We will see..

Don’t bother with AUMA — June 19, 2016

Don’t bother with AUMA

AUMA is a poorly written initiative. MRRSA, at least, went through the legislature. Neither of these attempts at legalization have negated Federal law. That is about to change.

The DEA is re-scheduling cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 on August 1, 2016. This essentially means that cannabis will be legal with a prescription across the country; this is called federal preemption, which means federal law overrides state law. It also means that the status quo of medical cannabis in California will remain the same. You need a doctor to ensure that you need this medicine. And, it implies that cannabis use, even if recreational, will require a doctor’s prescription – kinda makes AUMA pointless, especially when you consider that MMRSA actually covers our bases already.

This is even a more definitive assurance that cannabis will no longer be prosecuted as a crime in California than the October, 2015 California Federal District Court ruling that banned the DEA from going after cannabis businesses who follow the law. Cannabis legalization is firmly walking into the main stream.

Next stop – drop AUMA and amend MMRSA for recreational use through our legislature.

Write your representative and tell them so.

June 2016 Larry OG sea of green… — June 11, 2016
Humboldt Spring… — June 7, 2016
Late Spring Bears… — June 5, 2016
We won it, now own it! — May 18, 2016

We won it, now own it!

The MMRSA laws have ushered in a new era. The feds have pulled out of California and dropped their cases against compliant California entities, funds have been pulled for recreational enforcement, and eradication funds have been moved over to the environmental compliance agencies. The State has produced a very forward thinking environmental agriculture law.  The State is backing the Humboldt brand – we will have a gold label through the track and trace system to protect the validity of the Humboldt product.  At this point, all we need to do is get along with each other and start building a functional cannabis industry within our communities.  

Now more than ever we need everyone to work together. We are still “small’ farmers when considered individually.  We are known for unyielding individualism in  protest of the “evil empire”, however, in this story, WE are the empire…….for the first time ever not so evil. Our community is composed entirely of lower and middle class families and is estimated to be producing 70% of the country’s cannabis! These days entities of this size are almost always controlled by the upper class.

In the years to come, cannabis will continue to change the world. We are all scared of Monsanto or the Bulgarians taking over.  We should be!  but today, considered as a unified entity, we are the ones everyone is scared of.  If AUMA passes, five years from now Monsanto and the Bulgarians will pull permits for 1000 acre farms and there won’t be a Humboldt County any more unless we stand together right now. The CCVH was disbanded because we could not bring each other closer to the decision making process.  We are known in our communities for sometimes over thinking things and then bickering while nothing gets done.

We are all being portrayed as lawless rogue anti-environmentalists by AUMA, the Regional Water Board, and Fish and Wildlife…… people and media outside Humboldt County don’t differentiate between the Humboldt Heritage effort and the so-called commercial canna farms.

We are purposely being cut out of the legal industry in California for two reasons. Dispensaries see us as a threat. Monsanto sees us as a threat.  We are the only nationwide cannabis brand. We have done this without any media hype or publicity stunts….we just offer the best product. Do not doubt; these folks are scared of us and they want to bring us down. Vote NO on AUMA!

The success of an economy is measured by the health of its middle class. The elite have always eliminated the middle class to take control. The so-called commercial farms in So Hum are the middle class. If they don’t make it…we don’t make it.

Consider two potential futures: In the first one , we allow zero impact farms of any size in Humboldt County so that we can be agile enough to meet our market demands. We form an development organization to help locals purchase and manage responsibly ALL Humboldt County cannabis lands – radical idea? Perhaps. But we want to keep the truely large entities out.

Right now large entities are offering our neighbors double and triple the value of their land to allow really big business to move in. In the second potential future five years from now, these guys will be growing most of the cannabis in Humboldt County.  If you don’t like the big guys today, you are going to hate the ones coming tomorrow. You will wish you had kept the ones that grew up here!

Monsanto will be up here buying land from aging hippies who want big checks for retirement; and rather than making sure the land goes to local stewards, it will go to the big boys.  Unfortunately, on the Humboldt Heritage budget there is no money left over to buy your neighbor’s forty when he dies!

“IF YOU HAVE one OR MORE PLANTS IN THE GROUND IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY YOU ARE HELPING MAKE OUR TEAM #1. YOU HAVE A TEAM to START ROOTING FOR!

Vote NO on AUMA!

Spider Mite — April 16, 2016

Spider Mite

Few cannabis farmers haven’t had the joy of spider mites – and regretted the experience. My friend Joe thought to expand on that a little…

Morning comes to a world, a morning which goes unnoticed by generations as they bask under the blaze that mercilessly fills the sky – they are forced to cling to the leaf’s shaded underside. This morning brings a vision of harsh life that is plagued by horror so profound that if recreated on a larger scale would surely reduce the stoutest man to mewling fear. The very ground, which heaves in twists with unimaginable violence in a never ending hurricane wind, is pocked by thousands of milky white, opaque egg sacs which wriggle with anticipation of their imminent release. Chewing their way out of their confinement, these newborns at once scurry at immense speed along the ground, puncturing it with their mandibles and greedily sucking up the plant juice which sustains them. As they forage wider and wider they clamber over the unborn and the dead and the dying in a never ending search for sustenance.

The world is harsh and competitive enough without the existence of immense and destructive gods, many billions of times the size of their humble subjects, who have no other pleasure than to devise hideous new methods of extermination. Entire clutches of eggs and the adults would disappear, the very ground they inhabited excised by the mysterious deities. Apparently the disappearance of entire populations, as horrible and unexplained as it was, was not cruel enough to entertain the gods and they conjured up other plagues. Oily, sweet smelling liquid death came from above and below forcing the millions of hideous creatures to flee, ignoring those trapped in a sweet smelling liquid which drowned their very bodies. Without warning the suns would blink out of existence, cold settling in and noxious fumes would permeate every available molecule of air, the flesh of the eggs and the adults turn to dust.

There were those who survived, to clamber out of their congenital prisons and scuttle forth, with scores of suffocating larvae underfoot, trapped by the film of liquid. Those that survived matured faster and grew stronger, they found that they could stand in poisonous yellow clouds and the gale force of deadly sweet smelling mists. They orgy over the desiccating corpses of the weak where they had fallen in place, ignoring the gods attempts at extermination, feasting and coupling and rolling over the living and dead surrounded by noxious clouds. All at once the revelry is disturbed by a new threat surely visited on them by their violent deities, cast down upon the scenes of macabre hedonism; immense predators of black and red rain down from the sky and at once set upon the living. As strong as they have become, they still flee in front of the Goliath hunters who were very much like themselves in their insatiable quest for reproduction and sustenance, only they sustain themselves on the flesh of the minuscule inhabitants. A holocaust begins and all are consumed, the eggs are especially targeted as they cannot move. The hunt lasts for generations until finally the destroyers themselves perish, leaving behind a wasteland of dried husks of flesh, spilling out tangles of silk that blow across the ground and wrap everything in a fine shroud.

A single egg remains blissfully unaware of the fate of all who came before, tucked into a small crevice, and blisters out of its sac, beginning the life cycle again as she can reproduce without sex, creating males in enormous clutches, one of whom will surely find one of the other surviving females and create a new the hellish, crawling landscape. The gods continue in their wrath and every inch of organic matter is removed and the suns blink out for uncountable generations.

Postscript

After battling spider mites for a while, I began to realize their amazing tenacity and the adverse conditions that had created them. To visualize their world up close was to visualize hell itself, and I just wanted to explore that concept a little.

-Joe

Cannabis Strain Pictures… — February 19, 2016
Natural Light – our niche — January 13, 2016

Natural Light – our niche

The transition away from the black market is dependent on the quality of our cannabis.  Our product must be A+ to be competitive.  It is illogical to expect indoor farming to sustain a national market……is there any other agricultural pursuit totally reliant on artificial climate conditions?

We really can grow better cannabis with natural light. There is a direct relationship between light spectrum/intensity and a plant’s growth rate and the complexity of cannabinoids and terpenes it produces. Essentially, sun bud has more personality. This association proves that the sun is capable of creating more quantity and higher quality cannabis at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact. As growers, most of us have not yet seen the full potential of this plant.  

“Terroir is the set of all environmental factors that affect a crop’s epigenetic qualities, when a crop is grown in a specific habitat” (Wikipedia).   The influence of  “culture” and “place” are significant considerations. Other artisanal crops such as wine, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, chili peppers, hops and agave rate quality based on terroir.  Since artificial environments have no terroir, our indoor competitors have no incentive to subscribe to a system that will place our product significantly above theirs.  

But cannabis farmers need to take advantage of hybridized or augmented environments – sort of like the best of both worlds. Crops go to market every 3 months.  Climate controlled growing, drying, curing, and processing facilities will ensure a more consistent product.  And the farmer can also take advantage of what nature provides, utilizing specific strategies and techniques to manipulate climatic conditions with nature’s help. Most importantly, the quality is A+ and the environmental impact of this “closed system” is minimal.  

Some level of augmentation is appropriate, but it must be balanced with our terroir; our terroir AVA designation will keep us at the top of the food chain. In a stiff California cannabis market with possibly over 50,000 established farms, those who seek compliance will have to do more than just fill out the paperwork.  After you are growing A+ cannabis (at any scale), you will have the competition to contend with – an elite AVA designation will help with that.

We need to position ourselves in the market by creating these American Viticultural Areas (Southern Humboldt AVA, Mateel AVA, Garberville AVA, Briceland AVA, etc.) The state has already designated Humboldt County as an AVA, however, not all areas are equal; different climate zones will produce very different products. People need to get used to the idea that cannabis land is not “flat” nor in a valley! The best olives in the world are grown on cliffs along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The best wine grapes are grown on the steepest slopes….. table grapes grow in the valley! So does rope hemp.

The Gold Standard… — January 6, 2016

The Gold Standard…

The Southern Humboldt Grower will stand the test of time.  The one thing the other guys won’t have is an established and continuing national marketing strategy.  While all these mega-intimidating cannabis entities are popping up in-state, the Southern Humboldt black market will be (apparently) slow to catch up with legalization.

While the world of legalization is focused on in-state promotion, all the other states will be waiting for Southern Humboldt’s next black market harvest.  The Southern Humboldt grower is already the Coca-Cola of the cannabis world. This 35 year old market dominance will continue until every state is legal.

So, it appears that the black market will hold the line for our growers. But, do we really want to continue down that path?

The cannabis grower in California is the largest agricultural entity in the country. When 10% of the more than 50,000 established farms register, they will surpass the voting power of the grape growers.  That means our tax dollars will provide us with leverage.

Many in the County seemed determined to curtail any development. A mandated Humboldt Heritage model will put the nails in our coffin. A 2000-3000 sq ft retirement plan is not viable. Families can’t live on 30 grand a year. Resident only grows……are you kidding? What about all those growers approaching 70 years old and looking at retirement…..who will be watering for them when they are in a wheelchair?

Are all the grape growers “resident only”?

In our vision, our County can work with and support each of our farmers to bring them up to speed – especially with those who have already registered. That means the State and County must actively reach out to our farmers and reassure them that compliance is in their best interest.

The rural land owners in our County want to do the right thing. Our farmers, if given the chance, will create a patchwork of ponds like a checkerboard across the Southern Humboldt landscape.  There will be an immediate positive environmental impact from cannabis growing in the South County. There won’t be any more water trucks. There will be a huge increase in flora and fauna. The cannabis grower can easily stop using surface diversions.  We will continue to support the largest privately owned nature preserve in the United States!

There is a window.  We can escape the black market. The sooner South County growers register, comply, and create their own AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas), the better chance there will be of a successful “in-state” legal economy for the Southern Humboldt community.