Full Moon Farms – Humboldt, CA
Californian paradise Full Moon Farms spans 220 acres in Humboldt County. Northern Berry and Suzy Q are among the 22 organic strains bursting out of their greenhouses and sun beds. The farm crafts new and throwback strains of small-batch cannabis. The Full Moon motto? “Never go for the gusto.” Minimalistic in growth and livelihood, farm helpers pitch tents and camp among cabins; kids and dogs are welcome as bonfires blaze, inspiring shared music and food. “This is a family farm,” declares Nik Erickson, Full Moon owner and grower. Great cannabis has always come from legendary Humboldt.
Cannabis has been a constant in Nik’s life. “My earliest memory is traumatic,” he reveals. “When I was three years old, my dad got raided. My swing set was in his plants; I could kick my feet into fan leaves.” The police tossed the house and arrested Nik’s father for six personal plants. Nik began to plant cannabis at age 14, and though he’s had other jobs since, he always returns to grow—even living through the “helicopter era” of raids, when illegal grows were spotted via helicopters and airplanes.
Everyone maintains focus at Full Moon, training younger family members optimal skills cultivated over years. “The local farmers up here are in touch with the plants and land,” Nik describes. “They know what elevations to grow [at]—we have many different microclimates here.” Nik’s mother tends to natural pest management, which is focused around companion planting. “Small farmers give each plant individual care,” he adds. “They recognize issues with each plant, [and] tend to them as needed.” The farm uses long fiber cocoa and biochar to retain water in soil, hoping to offset the environmental damage caused by The Green Rush.