Desert Grown Farms – Las Vegas, NV
I walked around the Desert Grown Farms facility in Las Vegas with Cultivation Directors Clay Green (Assistant Director of Cultivation) and Alessandro Cesario (Director of Cultivation) and knew from the first budding room something special was going on with this duo. One hails from the East Coast, bringing a background in greenhouse botanical sciences; the other has years of NorCal Cannabis cultivation experience, making for the perfect pairing in this advanced operation. The meticulous process to clone, grow, dry, trim and package all 8,000 plants in the building are continuously reinvented by the cultivation crew.
Being vertically integrated with Essence Cannabis Dispensaries allows them to receive feedback on in-house strains and cull out genetics that aren’t up to the Desert Grown Farm standard before releasing a full harvest. In the past year they’ve researched and developed over 100 new strains, and have plenty more on the way. “Desert Grown Farms strives to produce the highest quality cannabis through a hands-on approach to commercial horticulture, and provides a wide variety of cultivars to meet the needs of an ever-changing, demanding market,” explains Cesario. Some house favorites coming out of the latest pheno hunt are Cookie Face, a frosty cross of GSC and Do-Si-Dos, and Day Glow, a tangy mix of Agent Orange and Slimer OG.
When I spoke to Desert Grown Farms Owner and CEO Armen Yemenidjian, I let him know how impressed I was with the operation. “The reason I respect my guys so much,” he divulges, “is we sat down on the first day and decided that, one, we want to achieve amazing things, and two, we never will sacrifice on quality. We’re always doing [research and development] to look for new genetics, breeding and creating tissue cultures. Sometimes we try ideas that increase output but don’t increase quality—one of those things isn’t enough. You need both. It’s important to us that our products represent the brand, and we are hyper-focused on making quality and quantity go together.”