Le Ganja Fairy – Spokane, WA
Shane Archibald’s first exposure to cannabis was through his mother, who kept her own private crop at his childhood home in the Northern California town of Chico. After graduating college with a business degree and moving to Spokane, Washington, on contract work, the younger Archibald picked up where his mother left off, growing a medical crop in his basement even before the state passed I-502, legalizing recreational use. Archibald jumped at the chance to found his own grow facility, and even convinced his mother to move up and offer her services for a new, family-owned operation called Le Ganja Fairy.
Le Ganja Fairy is a Tier III producing and processing facility with approximately 18,000 square feet of growing space currently in use, and another 10,000 they’re planning to expand into sometime this year. The garden encountered more than its fair share of obstacles early on, enduring everything from a hurricane and loss of power to attempted extortion. A pH mishap led Archibald to close the plant for much of 2017, leaving him to scour the state for new strain clones. After some accompanying construction, they’ve reopened with swankier facilities divided into four main quadrants: one nursery, or “mother room,” two flower rooms and a drying room, plus a cold storage facility, which creates smoother smoke for consumers and keeps finished harvests fresh for longer.
“I think to survive in this industry, you either have to be really cheap or really good,” advises Archibald. “We’re shooting for really good.”To that end, Le Ganja Fairy avoids the use of pesticides and emphasizes their strains’ chemical and terpene profiles. Harvests are coming more fast and furious than ever before thanks to the improved facilities, and they now have enough space to produce and provide clones to other growers. With Archibald’s mother around to provide culinary expertise, Le Ganja edibles may not be far behind!