Three hundred miles west of San Diego (and 700 miles north) lies the remote town of Honeydew, California, where farmers and ranchers have lived for generations. Scott Davies, Co-Founder of Humboldt Legends, was backpacking California’s Lost Coast in the 1980s and fell in love with the area. He found a 40-acre parcel along the Mattole River, installed 60 solar panels and a million-gallon rain catchment basin. His farm, Winterbourne Farms, now supports ten 2,000-square-foot hoop houses with automatic light depravation irrigated with 100 percent captured rainwater.
Scott says he has always pushed the envelope on how low of an environmental impact he can have, while dragging as many of peers as he can with him. Scott’s branding company, Humboldt Legends, represents other sustainable cannabis farmers. For Scott, legalization is an exciting time of collaboration and forming deeper relationships between farmers and county officials. In fact, Scott’s Winterbourne Farms was the first cannabis farm to be selected for California’s track and trace program, which tracks strains like Sage OG, White OG, Mango, Sour Tangie and Jack Herer (Scott’s favorite) to their final sale point. He is also mastering live resin, which captures the aroma and peak terpenes of freshly cut flowers because it is immediately flash-frozen and shipped to extraction partners.
“Our best innovations are in front of us and are being enabled by regulations,” Scott explains. “All the ills of cannabis; the pollution, the crime, are reduced through regulation. There is an enormous opportunity the state has now to use regulatory practices to reward farmers for best use practices . . . There is an aspect to growing cannabis that links together people that otherwise wouldn’t have much in common—people who love living in nature, whether it be the seventh generation farmers or back-to-landers hippies. Cannabis allows us to make a living and live off the land.”
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