Gnome Grown Organics – Canby, OR
Located in the countryside of Canby, Oregon, with snow-capped Mt. Hood in the distance, is Gnome Grown. Head Grower Dan McAllister has over 25 years of experience in cannabis cultivation, displaying an impressive balance of meticulous perfectionism and a healthy passion for the plant. McAllister led us around the massive farm, noting it consists of “30 acres of mixed mature forest, wetlands, fruit orchards and open meadows, fed by a pristine, year-round spring-fed creek originating just a few miles upstream from our draw point.”
He clearly takes great pride in the plot of land, and it’s easy to see why. “One of our early milestones was selecting the best possible piece of land upon which to grow,” McAllister asserts. Gnome Grown implemented a growing style called hugelkultur (pronounced “hoogle culture”) in which woody biomass establishes a micro-environment ideal for plants to receive nutrients; the team goes into the woods to gather limbs and sticks to make the bedrock layer for their custom living soil mediums. They also utilize an on-site orchard to provide nutrient-rich compost—the definition of sustainability.
Three state-of-the-art greenhouses house all their flower and veg: 18 strains in four rows of 90-foot raised beds. The flower house was a week or so away from harvest, and the scent was dizzying to the senses. The room exploded with different shades of green, and almost every intoxicating, fragrant terpene was represented. McAllister’s current favorite is Gnome Walker, a powerful in-house hybrid. He takes their strains seriously—a few members of the team will soon be off to Brazil to help the government conduct scientific studies on the effects of cannabis in a controlled setting, a first for the country. We’re looking forward to seeing the results!