Deschutes Growery – Bend, OR
The fire runs strong in this one! Consistently producing amazing cannabis is extremely difficult to do—let alone doing so in a responsible way. Once you find a farm that delivers on a consistent basis, the decisions facing the cannabis consumer get a lot easier. Go with the grower, not just the strain. That’s what led me to Deschutes Growery outside Bend, Oregon, and to Justin Clapick, Head Grower and Co-founder.
“Deschutes Growery is a Bend, Oregon-based company started by a group of friends who had a passion for ethically-grown cannabis and sustainability,” shares Justin. After seven years dedicated to serving patients in the area, DG made the switch to recreational. While many companies transitioned their ethos for the changing market, DG stayed true to their priority from the start: sustainability. “We were Oregon’s first solar-powered indoor cultivation facility back in 2016 with the installation of a 56 kW/h system,” notes Justin. But they didn’t stop there: “We then took a giant step forward in 2017 by converting our entire facility to LED lighting . . . Our goal in the next 3-5 years is to become the world’s first carbon-neutral indoor facility.” A lofty goal, but certainly not unattainable.
Carrying the same level of care for the environment into their production, Deschutes sources all of their cultivars from around the world specifically for their rarity and quality. “We pride ourselves [on the fact] that 100% of our cultivars are first started as seeds in our facility,” Justin explains. This attention to detail distinguishes them from the competition, not just in quality but in scents, flavors and effects unique to their strains and growth method. When you grab flower from DG, you know you’re not only getting a consistent, high-quality product—you’re getting sustainable and consciously-grown flower that aides both your health and the Earth.