Meet Your Farmer: Daniel Morford of Heartrock Mountain Farm
Heartrock Mountain Farm is a Dragonfly Earth Medicine Certified family farm located in Potter Valley, California. Daniel was born on the farm and his story is an inspiring one. He even shared a poem he wrote a few years ago! Check it out…
Q: Please introduce yourself: how did you get your start in cultivating cannabis; where is your farm located; what makes Heartrock Mountain Farm unique?
A: My name is Daniel Morford, I was born up on the farm in the 80’s. I can show you the place where my moms water broke near an apple tree. The majority of the now farm was a horse pasture and a small “mom and pop” grow operation. My dad after saving seeds he would find in bags for a decade started his 1st seeds in 1976 at 26 years of age. He then retired early from CDF and bought land in Mendocino. My dad wanted me to be more than just an outlaw, he agreed to let me help on the farm after high school if I continued my higher education… I guess I am more than just an outlaw now, 10 years later and I would be running the farm and more than quadruple our out put and added a nursery for seed production. What makes our farm unique? Like other small heritage farms in northern California we grow genetics we or our friends have created, and our appellation: our farm is located 23 to 25 hundred feet, southern middle mountain, Eastern Potter Valley with a North West facing slope in a mixed forest with oak, madrone and mostly Douglas Fir and pine trees. We love our little micro climate. What really makes us unique, is us! We all get to pour our heart and soul into our farms, and it shows.
Q: Where did you find the inspiration for the name Heartrock Mountain Farm?
A: I have been collecting heart shaped rocks since I was a little kid. Most of the best ones I have given away, but there are still tons up at the farm. About seven years ago when I lived up there with just one other friend and we had a land line in the shack we shared he started answering the phone “Heartrock” and my dad started calling it Heartrock and then when we went legal and needed a farm name, Heartrock Farm was taken so we went with Heartrock Mountain Farm.
Q: How long have you been a member of Mendocino Generations & what does it mean to you to be a member of the Mendocino Generations community?
A: This is our second season as members. It feels good to be part of a grower alliance. Legalization has brought us together as a community. I have met some amazing people that I wouldn’t have other wise. Mendocino Generations is a grass roots movement, an answer to corporate cannabis.
Mendocino Generations is a grass roots movement, an answer to corporate cannabis.
Q: Tell us about your autoflower for seed & harvest.
A: I am growing out a few different varieties of autoflower seeds that I have collected in trades and one variety we are growing out for production was gifted to me as OG Gold, which I found out later is Lions Gate OG X Gold Ruderalis. Im thinking about changing the name to Lion Claw. We are growing around 750 autos for seed and are about to start another round of seeds, and around 950 for flower. We don’t do deps, so autos makes sense for us. A plant puts on at least a third of her size during flowering… so if your doing any full season plants you have room for a few autos in a summer run. We have a 10k license so we could potentially do 3k of autos that would be harvested before the end of July which would keep us under 10k for our fall harvest of full season plants.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in the garden?
A: I enjoy hiking, swimming, yoga, mediation, and creative writing.
Q: Tell us about your cultivation style.
A: Our farm is Dragonfly Earth Medicine certified, we just transitioned to no till in our established beds, but the new plots we till compost into the native clay. We make a lot of our own ferments for compost tea with inputs all from the land. Regenerative agriculture is a process and the deeper you get into it, the less you bring from the outside on to your farm.
Q: What else can we find growing in your garden other than cannabis?
Over 60 fruit trees, lots of berries, and tons of veggies.
A: If you could give a new cultivator one piece of advice, what would it be?
We have a cannabis community. Reach out to it and you get out of it what you put in to it.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: a poem:
Heart Shaped Rocks
The most beautiful
heart shaped rock
i ever found
i gave away
the very instant
i held it
i went looking for someone
to give it to
for this is what you should do
when you find