Green Barn Farms
THE PEOPLE & THE PLACE
Driving through Stevens County I couldn’t help but think about all of the cannabis that has traveled the roads I was on over the last few decades. As I traversed this little known cannabis mecca I wondered how cannabis could be produced in such great quantities throughout the surrounding mountains and hills. This is not an environment ideal for growing, yet it has been done here since before prohibition. One thing was for certain, I was about to get answers.
I pulled up to Green Barn Farms, a Tier III Clean Green certified grow at the base of Huckleberry Mountain. The grow rests on a wetland offset by streams on either side. The growers pull water from these streams and filter them through sediment, charcoal and ozone before hand–watering each plant. Brian Crawley, the head grower walked me through their light deprivation greenhouses, outdoor plants and processing facilities while sharing with me Green Barn Farms’ philosophy and techniques. He described difficulties the farm has endured such as freezing temperatures and howling winds; all of which they have overcome. This grow was not apart from nature, it is a part of nature.
Brian uses compost from a local dairy farm to mix with their own soil. He uses a compost tea to fertilize their plants and the plants grow pesticide-free. “We fight all of our bugs with bugs” said Brian as I questioned him on the massive lady bug and bumblebee population moving between the thick kolas.
Their core philosophy is to have a low impact on the land, grow sustainably, be environmentally conscious and produce top quality cannabis. They have accomplished all of these principles. Once home I examined their finished product closely. It was almost indistinguishable from indoor. I tried their Wild Thai, Black Cherry and full melt hash. I couldn’t have been happier with the result.
“We fight all of our bugs with bugs” – Brian Crawley