Over the past few weeks, Northern California has suffered its worst ever wildfires, which have left 42 people dead and 100,000 hectares up in smoke. As well as destroying vineyards, the fires also severely damaged many of California's legal cannabis farms. But unlike their counterparts in the wine industry, most cannabis farmers are not insured because their crop remains illegal under federal law. Our correspondent reports.Read More
I was gifted some Ringo’s Gift seeds from Laurence Ringo’s son and started phenotype hunting. I back-crossed a robust male with what I felt was the ideal female (i.e. got lucky) and it grew amazing flowers with great density and a unique nose. I saved a mother and those cuttings became “The Gift” as referenced on Leafly.com.
Cannabis has the same vulnerability. “Especially when it’s ripe, I can tell you from personal experience, wildfire definitely will make your cannabis have a smoky flavor to it; just like wine,” Kristin Nevedal, executive director of the International Cannabis Farmers Association told SF Gate in a September interview.Read More
Ashley Oldham, one of only a few dozen legal pot growers in Northern California's Mendocino County, was sound asleep in the early hours of October 9th when she woke to the sound of her neighbor banging on her door. He'd driven through flames and jumped her fence to tell her that she needed to get out, that a fire was headed straight for her home and cannabis farm.Read More
There is concern that what has been destroyed, as well as the damage from smoke, ash and lack of water for crops that did survive, could seriously impact the supply for customers when marijuana is legal for sale.Read More
“This has been the most financially trying and stressful year ever for farmers. To add a fire with complete losses on top of it leaves me without words,” says Rodriques, whose home and farm lies near the western border of the fire.Read More
We've been following one of Mendocino's permitted cannabis cultivators, Ashley Oldham at Frost Flower Farms, as she tries to get back to her garden after her house was destroyed. Ashley received the fifth permit issued by Mendocino County. The story is developing but we'll post an article longer soon. (There's a typo in the video; we were in a huge hurry 😣). Here's an update from Saturday morning:Read More
“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.”
The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino Lake Complex fire, are feelings mirrored by countless farmers.Read More
As legalization neared, we knew small farms were in jeopardy. By uniting, we could have an advantage. We help farmers become compliant and conform to county and state regulations.
"More farms plan to join onto the Mendocino Generations collective as they complete the process of becoming recognized by state and county agencies as legally compliant."