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Geek Farms – Otis, OR
Mike Cawley of Geek Farms is a combat veteran of the Iraq war who returned home with PTSD. While similar stories have been told from returning veterans, Cawley’s tale takes a few unexpected turns — a career in plumbing, a serious drainage problem and … a herd of Nubian goats.
Upon returning to Portland, Cawley worked as a plumber while his wife Megan worked as a nurse at OHSU. His PTSD presented a noticeable challenge, however, and his mother-in-law suggested he try cannabis at night after work. He felt things getting easier for him, and asked his wife what she would think about him smoking in the morning before work as well. Her support of his cannabis use allowed Cawley to begin freeing himself from the constraints of his PTSD and resulted in a mutual epiphany; the couple needed to get out of the city. A 32-acre farm in Otis, Oregon, was the answer.
The Cawleys initially raised Nubian goats, making a living as dairy farmers. The land became their personal utopia, yielding cherries, apples, blueberries and a vegetable garden, as well as cannabis plants for medical use. In 2013, a drainage debacle affecting their dairy barn prompted the Cawleys to make a choice: rebuild the barn or transition into a full-time cannabis business with the help of their friend Andrew Campbell. The Nubians were rehomed, and Geek Farms was born.
Geek Farms now grows more than 30 strains, but the pride of their garden is Dr. Who, their number-one seller. The Cawleys and Campbell grow organic cannabis using living soil and a completely contained system to control all aspects of plant development. Their goal is to grow the best strains possible without time constraints, striving for the highest quality cannabis in terms of flavor, aroma and effect. Mike Cawley took a roundabout trek into his current profession as a respected cannabis farmer, but we consider his journey both a personal and professional success story.