Decibel Farms – Southern Oregon
Lifelong friends Shawn Bishop and Buddy Wilson joined their more than 50 years of combined business and cannabis experience to create a successful Southern Oregon sun-grown cannabis company: Decibel Farms. Before farming, Wilson worked in the tech world, while Bishop built a career in Austin, Texas, owning an organic garden center and aquaponics store. He also received a USDA research grant for compost production. Utilizing Bishop’s vast expertise in brewing compost tea, the team has built a soil system that produces award-winning flowers, pre-rolls and extracts.
Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, surrounded by the Siskiyou Mountains, has historically been known as a wine-producing haven due to its climate, which features an especially early spring, followed by an extended summer season and wonderfully long fall. Decibel Farms specifically chose this land for their sun-grown cannabis farm, as cannabis flourishes in the same environment as wine grapes. In fact, after 20 years of experience in cannabis cultivation, Bishop believes this is the best climate in which he’s ever grown. Bishop introduces bacteria, fungi, protozoans and nematodes into the cultivation environment at Decibel, allowing the cannabis to relate to the environmental system holistically, thereby mitigating pests and disease naturally and allowing the plants to control their relationship with the soil of Southern Oregon.
In 2018, Decibel Farms grew over 160 unique varieties of cannabis from both seeds and clones, fine-tuning and culling until a chosen few strains remained. This vertically-integrated business not only sells high-quality, heavy-hitting flower, they also produce a line of solventless infused pre-rolls, Decibel LOUDS, which are filled with one gram of sustainably-grown Decibel Farms flower, then coated with solventless rosin and dusted in high-quality kief of the same strain. I don’t know how to measure the decibel level of how loud my “Wow!” was when Bishop told me about these joints — unicorn-spotting level, maybe?