Ever since the days of Reefer Madness, prohibitionists have found various ways to provoke fear about cannabis cannabis, from saying that it makes all of its users crazy to claiming that legalization will cause mayhem on our highways. As most of us now know, these “the sky is falling” stories have been debunked one by one, including the prediction of the extreme dangers on our roads. Somewhat surprisingly however, a new report out of the Utah State University’s Center for Growth and Opportunity, authored by economist Benjamin Hanson, found that legalization in Washington State led to a decrease in alcohol-related car crashes in neighboring Idaho.
Two key dates, Hansen noted in his paper, were September 2015 and March 2016: That’s when recreational marijuana sales began in Walla Walla, Washington, and in Huntington, Oregon, respectively. Both are located within driving distance of the Idaho border, thus making it easy for residents to drive across state lines to purchase cannabis. Additionally, the paper states, Idaho law enforcement report “consistent increases in trafficking and seizures following Washington’s and Oregon’s legalizations.”
Hansen confirmed that searches for the term “dispensaries” increased “dramatically” in Idaho after Washington legalized marijuana. “This suggests that interest in marijuana—specifically, marijuana available in Washington and Oregon—increased significantly as stores opened nearby and that the trend break is not due to random chance,” he writes.
The author also found that access to recreational marijuana was associated with a 21 percent decrease in accidents involving alcohol in Idaho counties directly bordering Washington. Counties located one hour away from Washington saw a reduction of 18 percent, while counties three hours away saw a reduction of 10 percent. When the driving distance from Washington was four hours or more, the effect was insignificant, the author writes.
As cannabis moves more and more mainstream, with Michigan just starting regulated sales, it will be interesting to see if these results are replicated across other states. One thing is for certain–Reefer Madness fearmongering gets debunked each and every time and it is time to stop criminalizing patients and responsible adults all across our great nation.
Responding to tragic deaths across the United States, including two in Oregon, along with many reported illnesses, Kind Leaf made the decision back in September to be the first cannabis dispensary only carry cannabis vape cartridges with natural ingredients, before any government action took place. The death toll has unfortunately climbed to 37 and reported illnesses are now reaching close to 2,000 across the country.
It is true leadership to put consumer safety over temporary profits, but that is just what Kind Leaf, one of Oregon’s premier cannabis retailers, did. It is even more impressive considering that the Pendleton store is a true, mom-and-pop shop, not backed by out-of-state or out-of-country investors or corporate interests.
Cannabis legalization has ended unnecessary arrests and citations in Oregon while creating thousands of jobs for our residents and generating millions of revenue for the state, but more testing and labeling regulations are needed regarding additives to cannabis oil cartridges. While the state of Oregon took several steps forward, first asking retailers to review products on their shelves and to remove any products that may have concerns about, before finally announcing a temporary ban on flavored cartridges and establishing a workgroup to look at the issue, Kind Leaf lead the way and did not wait for government regulators, or anyone else, to act.
Kind Leaf Pendleton removed 68 vape cartridges from 15 different brands because they contain additives that aren’t specifically listed as ingredients. While more information is needed, tests of vape cartridges suspected to be the cause of some illnesses have found vitamin E acetate, used by some companies as a thickener, to be a prime culprit. Currently, vitamin E acetate and other potentially harmful additives aren’t required to be tested for or labeled under state guidelines. The cause of these frightening illnesses is still unknown and there could be multiple causes.
“We take our responsibility to provide safe cannabis and cannabis products very seriously,” stated Erin Purchase, Kind Leaf’s director of operations. “Consumers should know what they are ingesting and potentially fatal additives should not be allowed to taint an otherwise safe product. We believe that it is common sense to put people before profits and will work with regulators and businesses to ensure that Oregon’s cannabis program is as safe as possible for all Oregonians.”
Thankfully, Kind Leaf’s own Erin Purchase has been appointed to serve on Oregon’s Vaping Health Public Workgroup. Erin will rely upon her knowledge of Complementary Alternative Medicine, her experience in the cannabis industry, as well as her passion for consumer rights and safety, to advise the state to the best of her ability. It is great that the state is taking this issue seriously and has chosen someone with her heart and mind in the right place to help the state develop safer industry regulations.
7 Points Oregon is a craft, Clean Green Certified, indoor cultivation facility based in Portland, Oregon
7 Points Oregon cultivates with the intention to elevate the potential of their Cannabis plants with emphasis on top-tier quality and environmental sustainability. They utilize only organic plant based nutrients with a targeted focus on terpene expression.
The top 3 factors that the team at 7 Points Oregon takes into consideration when cultivating their award-winning cannabis are:
In order to ensure the level of quality 7 Points Oregon built their name on, they design all aspects of their production environment to the highest possible standards. Exerting control over each minor environmental detail allows for perfection during the key stages of flower development, allows for pest mitigation and lowers the carbon footprint produced from Cannabis cultivation.
Robert Elam, founder of 7 Points Oregon has always prioritized quality over quantity throughout every stage of production, utilizing only Organic inputs, namely “Veganics.” 7 Points also adheres to strict pest and fungal control protocols so as not to utilize damaging chemical inputs so many farms are forced to turn to.
A genuine company belief is that from seed to harvest, the single most important factor in growing great cannabis is giving the plants every bit of the TLC they need to become the state’s next favorite cultivar.
Growing with Veganics.
“Veganics” is a style of farming that utilizes only organic plant based nutrients during cultivation. Plant based nutrients are easily broken down and readily available for the uptake by the plant. The intention is to elevate the potential of each of the different plants with emphasis on quality while providing an ultra clean product that promotes spectacular palates and aromas. Practicing “Veganic” cultivation methodology requires not only the removal of any chemical fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide from use in or around the facility, but also products containing animal-based additives such as manure fertilizers and animal byproduct-containing soil amendments.
It has been shown that animal residues breakdown slowly in soil. After a Cannabis plant metabolizes the available nutrients, animal residues remain. This affects the overall quality and can have a particularly noticeable effect on the flavor and aroma inherent in the finished product. Ensuring maximum nutrient bio-availability through the application of beneficial microbes, 7 Points Oregon maximizes palate and potency. The only bi-product of plant-based nutrient metabolism is a complex carbohydrate which is then consumed by microbes in the soil, continuing the cycle.
Veganic cultivation is dependent on soil teaming with microbes, bacteria and fungi that take part in a process resulting in 100% nutrient bio-availability. Soil nutrient bio-availability is a measure of the amount of consumable nutrient in the soil around a plant’s root system. Commonly purchased synthetic nutrients, and inorganic additives designed for Cannabis are comprised mostly of salts which demonstrate absorption rates as low as 20-25%. Maximizing the soil’s bio-availability is the key to unlocking the powers of veganic cultivation.
7 Points Oregon has demonstrated the ability to coax cultivars into expressing their genetic potential utilizing veganic methods with daily dedication and determination to protecting the plants and the environment. Currently the farmers are hard at work exploring new cultivars in a never ending pheno-hunt and carefully crafting the next generation of beloved Oregon strains such as Voyager 1, Moon Puppies, Sweet Relief OG and Future #1.
Three times 7 Points Oregon has taken home awards for their high quality flower, once they were awarded the title Oregon’s Best Producer. Their dedication to quality and craft has led them to align with companies like Willamette Valley Alchemy to produce derivative products like concentrates and extracts.
Since Kind Leaf opened in 2017, we have worked closely with 7 Points Oregon to be the exclusive provider of their award winning Cannabis flower in the Pendleton, Oregon area. We share many of the same values and ideals.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 19-09 , on October 4, 2019, directing state agencies to enact a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as other sources or additives as they are identified in cases of vaping-related lung injury or death.
Executive Order 19-09 calls for a 180-day ban on all flavored vaping products under the emergency rule making authority of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
In addition to the temporary ban, the executive order calls for state agencies to develop plans within 90 days regarding:
• Consumer warnings about the dangers of vaping • Ingredient disclosure for vaping products • Testing of vaping products to determine product safety • Improving health care provider reporting of vaping-related lung injuries to OHA • Increasing access to FDA-approved cessation services and methods • Establishing a statewide prevention and education campaign aimed at discouraging the use of vaping products
Executive Order 19-09 also convenes a Vaping Public Health Workgroup to advise the Governor and state agencies, examine the evidence about the causes and effects of vaping-related lung injuries, and collect feedback and input about the vaping public health crisis. Read more information about the Vaping Public Heal… .
The workgroup’s membership will consist of public health experts, Representatives from the Governor’s office, the Oregon Legislature, OHA, the Department of Justice, the Department of Agriculture, and OLCC; as well as members from law enforcement, the Association of Oregon Counties, and public stakeholders, a representative of the cannabis industry as well as the vaping business community.
The workgroup will participate in a series of closed door meetings to discuss policy recommendations for Oregon lawmakers to consider and implement. The OLCC is hoping to use this meeting to discuss thge proposed botanical terpene exemption process, discuss other additives (MCT, PG, vitamin E), and develop an evolving dialogue covering the concerns about the vaping illnesses associated with legal purchases in the Oregon cannabis market.
Erin Purchase, Director of Operations of Kind Leaf Pendleton has been invited to participate in the Governor’s Work group. She will lean on her background in Complimentary Alternative Medicine, her long-term experience in the cannabis industry as well as her passion for consumer rights and safety.
Erin was recently featured in numerous media articles focused on the actions taken by Kind Leaf Pendleton in light of the alarming news about two Oregonians passing away from vaping related illnesses. After this news, Kind Leaf founders removed all vape pens with non-cannabis ingredients from the shelves and began questioning the sources for the non-cannabis ingredients from the producers across Oregon.
The Willamette Week reached out Erin about her reasons, here is what was said, “But Erin Purchase, director of operations for the dispensary Kind Leaf Pendleton, says she pulled 15 vape cartridge brands off her shelves because she doesn’t know what’s in them. She says stores only receive a blanket label reading ‘natural and artificial flavors.’ The retailer does not even have access to the ‘proprietary’ ingredients or the methods behind the extraction done by the processor,” Purchase says.” Read More
Erin has the intention and expectation to be a voice of reason, resting directly in between law makers and vape pen businesses, advocating for consumer safety standards.
Located in the fertile valleys of Washington County Oregon, nestled between rolling hills, are the hoophouses and the large indoor cultivation facility of Yerba Buena Farms. Yerba Buena is a long standing Oregon Cannabis company, founded under the Oregon Medical Marijuana program, and among the first eight licensed farms under Oregon’s Recreational Cannabis licensing program years later.
“The Good Herb”
Yerba Buena is an award-winning Oregon purveyor of organically-grown craft flower that offers a consistently beautiful, clean, effective, and delicious experience. Yerba Buena is a Clean Green Certified™ and Certified Kind™ dedicated to growing conscientiously and organically. They strive to Minimize their environmental footprint.
Expert growers at Yerba Buena utilize a proprietary bio-active soil that is rich in micro-nutrients and mycorrhizae locally produced to our specifications. Once their cycle is complete, the soil is recycled. To avoid chemical applications during cultivation, the Yerba Buena team applies an integrated pest management program inclusive of beneficial bacteria and predatory insects.
The founders of Yerba Buena farms consciously created a workplace where each individual is comfortable, welcome, and connected. Built upon a philosophy of green stewardship, Community engagement, and wholesome small-business values, Yerba Buena has grown over the years to 23 long term employees. The Oregon Business Journal listed Yerba Buena as #29 in its 2019 “100 Best Companies to Work For” rankings, small business category- This ranking is among all businesses and industries in Oregon.
29. Yerba Buena Location:Hillsboro Website:yerbabuena.com Oregon employees:23 | Score:608.27 It is one big happy family at this Hillsboro cannabis grower. Employees appreciate that managers don’t micro-manage. Company outings, events and wellness days keep the team relaxed and happy. “Our management team is always there with their ears open for you,” says one staffer. via www.oregonbusiness.com
Yerba Buena Farms has chosen to partner with Kind Leaf in Pendleton, Oregon to be the exclusive local provider of their award winning flower and made to order pre-rolls. You can visit our Leafly menu to see which cultivars are currently available, at anytime, if you are travelling in from out-of-town or have some other errands to run, you can order Yerba Buena ahead for pick-up with our Leafly Pick-up.
Did you know that Yerba Buena collaborates with Willamette Valley Alchemy and Peak Chocolates to produce high grade cannabis products? These amazing choice collaborative companies are also found only at Kind Leaf when shopping in the Pendleton, Oregon area.
Daniel John aka “DJ Short” has been developing and cultivating new strains of cannabis for well over 30 years. DJ is best known for creating the legendary strain “DJ Short’s Blueberry” as well as other award winning cultivars like Flo, Vanilluna, New Berry and Whitaker Blues. He is also known for his passion for educating the public about cannabis and a distinctive style of activism for the ending of cannabis prohibition.
They call him the Willy Wonka of Pot, the Wizard of Weed, and the Cannabis Professor
The path to greatness never comes without struggle, for Daniel, the struggle inherent in his path led him to experiment with Cannabis as a young teen. His first few experiences with cannabis sparked curiosity in his young mind, and according to DJ, “One day in 1973, he bought a box of cereal that came with a plastic seed sprouter. Out of simple curiosity, he moistened the chamber, inserted a bud from his stash of Hawaiian, and watched with delight as it grew roots and a sprout.”
High Times was publishing its homegrown variety of guerilla cultivation methods in various publication releases. DJ wanted to cultivate and experiment, but knew that outdoor cultivation was out of the question. He purchased some high end fluorescent shop lights so he would be able to cultivate indoors, in secret.
One downfall to the early seventies and cultivation of Cannabis was the wide availability of rich landrace sativa genetics in the US. Not until the latter seventies did shorter, stout and robust Afghani Indica varietals became available. DJ sourced some of these new genes for himself to reduce the long winded flowering time of the Sativas, which falls around 14-16 weeks. After successful cultivation of Indica varietals, DJ discovered the relaxing and sedative nature of these hash rich Afghanis was not the same enjoyable experience as the buzzy, energetic and creative experience of the Oaxacan and Thai genetics he had grown fond of.
Hybridization was the answer. His plan, to combine the unique traits of the Sativa genetics with the short, stout and faster flowering Indicas to create a balanced, routinely easier to cultivate Cannabis plant that was an enjoyable middle ground for the end consumer.
As DJ crafted indoors in his secret garden, outside the Drug war was getting into full swing led by then President Ronald Reagan. During early 1980 national anti-cannabis rhetoric built up and spilled over, coincidentally, as the square footage of the breeding garden diminished. This reduction in square footage did not limit the abilities of DJ during cultivation but rather allowed him to hone in on and patiently seek the specific qualities he was seeking, exploring each phenotype with his nose. Cataloging which plants produced floral, sweet and fruit notes and which produced the chemical, fuel and acrid skunk notes.
DJ compares the subtleties of quality Cannabis to that of fine wines. The olfactory chart used by cannabis connoisseurs is not unlike the wine wheel. Like Sommelier, Cannabis aficionados have the ability to detect a diverse blend of aromas such as fruit and berries, grasses, teas and earthen humus, fuels and chemical notes.
“The range of flavors expressed by the genus cannabis is extraordinary. No other plant on the planet can equal the cacophony of smells and tastes available from cannabis.”
Short credits his passion for cannabis and natural propensity for successfully crossbreeding Sativa and Indica varietals into award winning hybrid strains as an inherited trait from his Romanian great-grandmother. According to DJ, she was a gypsy herbalist who cultivated cannabis and among other herbs for medical purposes, taking time to pass down her acquired knowledge and skills to her daughter, DJ Short’s Mother.
Honey and Fruit
After extended trial and error, establishing specific genetic traits and isolating terpene levels via testing with the WERC Shop in California, DJ began comparing his flowers with those that were considered above par and high-grade on the underground marketplace. Armed with this data, DJ continued to select the plants he favored most, deftly cultivated them to maturity, carefully cured the buds, and personally smoked privately for months before releasing them to friends and buyers, to ensure an enjoyable, superior quality of Cannabis flower was offered.
Before long, selective breeding led to a lineage with sweet honey and strong fruit aromas. From this line rose the now legendary DJ Short’s Blueberry. Known by name, smell and sedative, pacifying body high. Once DJ stabilized this special genetic, he sought to create an energetic, uplifting strain. This project led to Flo, which gifted DJ with the effects he was seeking.
After realizing how popular his new genetics were, he began cloning his mother plants and releasing the genes to underground cannabis growers in Oregon and California and some overseas to Europe.
It is well known that the widely revered DJ Short’s Blueberry, bred and cultivated just outside of Pendleton, Oregon is in the ancestral pedigree for most any modern hybridized varietal that includes “Blue” or “Berry” in the name.”
DJ Short’s renowned seeds and Cannabis breeding capabilities earned him a revered spot in the High Times Seed Bank Hall of Fame, which was created to commemorate “brave pot pioneers and trailblazers.” DJ was included in the first commemoration in 2007. He was spotlighted as “The Willy Wonka of Pot” in a 5,000-word tome for the website Grantland, and wrote the 2003 book “Cultivating Exceptional Cannabis: An Expert Breeder Shares His Secrets.”
2016- Daniel crafted a “letter to the Editor” of Pendleton, Oregon’s premiere media source, The East Oregonian. In this letter he wrote, ” I would very much enjoy the opportunity to help teach my community about the wonders and merits of this valuable plant that offers something beneficial for almost everyone.”
DJ Short x Kind Leaf
Kind Leaf is proud to announce that we are the destination which will provide the space in which to bridge the gap between our local residents and visitors and world renowned breeders like DJ. We are set to host a Meet-and-Greet with the infamous DJ Short on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5 pm -7 pm.
Dr. Jolly’s was founded by two brothers. The younger brother, known as “Jolly”, is a talented and experienced cultivator and purveyor of fine herbs. As a patient and a grower, Jolly has been cultivating medical cannabis for patients in the local Bend area since 2007. He is an energetic, charismatic, hard-working farmer who takes great pride in his craft. The older brother, known as “Doctor”, is a former science journal editor and a materials engineer. He came to Bend in 2013 to join with his brother to create the brand, “Dr. Jolly’s.”
After dutifully harvesting and trimming flower, it is graded and readied for market. Anything less than A-grade tops is sent to the processing lab for extraction. A large majority of flower cultivated at the farm is grown for processing. Dr. Jolly’s specializes in high-terpene live resins, shatters and Diamond production.
Did you know? Diamonds are considered a connoisseur grade product. Diamonds are derived from fresh frozen plant or whole buds, rather than trim. To create these crystals, Producers extract material then introduce them to a specialized pressurized chamber, where a separation occurs between Cannabinoids and Terpenes. Terpenes rise to the top and Cannabinoids crystals form at the bottom of the chamber.
Dr. Jolly’s has provided the marketplace with a hydrocarbon derived version of edible Cannabis oil which is also known as FECO (Full-Extract Cannabis oil) or RSO (Rick Simpson Oil). Most edible cannabis oils are processed with ethanol as the solvent, this yields the very recognizable black terry cannabis oils. Hydrocarbon derived cannabis oils are generally lighter in color and thicker in consistency. Having less plant matter, chlorophyll and other compounds, the cannabinoid content on these oils can be much higher.
Fractionated coconut oil or MCT tinctures are also created by the Dr. Jolly’s team. There are several varities that can be found in Oregon, High-CBD, High-THC, Indica, Sativa and Hybrid as well as a few mixed ration concoctions. Look for thier blue UV resistant bottles with the bright orange label when you are perusing tinctures.
Dr. Jolly’s has partnered Kind Leaf to be the exclusive provider of their boutique quality and connoisseur grade products in Pendleton, Oregon. You can visit our Leafly Menu a see which Dr. Jolly’s flower varietals and extracts we currently stock, if you are travelling in from out-of-town or have some other errands to run you can advance for pick up with Leafly Pick up.
Las Vegas– The first annual Budtender Awards took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. The Budtender Awards team developed 9 unique award categories referred to as the OG Awards.
Each category hosted five finalists. These five individuals were selected from over 700 international nominees! Finalists were announced August 30th on High Times’ 420 Live Instagram show.
These Award Winners were chosen by industry experts & members of the Budtender Awards team based upon a variety of factors such as votes earned, participation and social media blasts. The winners were announced at the Award Show on October 12th, 2019 at Light Nightclub.
According to the Budtender Awards, “This Budtender is the Martha Stewart, or Emeril of Edibles. Their sophistication and superior knowledge ranging from infusing pastries & sweets to drinks to oils & butters, gives them the skills to recommend the perfect product for every user. Who knows, maybe they’ll be the next Michelin star cannabis Chef. “
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An award winning budtender is a person who recreates and redefines the public perception of someone who works in a dispensary or store where medical or recreational cannabis is sold. Helping provide a perspective that these knowledgeable individuals are not just “Drug Dealers.”
Increasingly, this subculture is evolving into a group of educated professionals who have developed their unique blend of personality, style, fashion, and most importantly, their recommendations to an constantly growing and changing variety of cannabis offerings. Budtenders are educators, advisors, sales professionals and often a trusted resource or friend to their customers.
Without Budtenders, Cannabis brands do not succeed, the customers are left unaware of what makes each product and brand different from the one resting next to it on the shelf. Budtenders are one of the most important factors in public relations between communities, dispensaries and the cannabis industry as a whole.
The 2019 Budtender Awards honored these individuals, promoted their efforts and acknowledged their influence on the industry, and in the communities they serve.
Congratulations to LaRain Miller, Kind Leaf for bringing home an award, for yourself, your team, your community and Oregon!
Happy Cabbage farms introduced a higher level on Rosin method extracts to the Oregon Market. Setting the standard higher for bubble hash derived Rosin pressed extracts, Happy Cabbage extract artists craft delicious cannabis extracts from flower cultivated by both themselves and other award winning Oregon cannabis farms.
First- What is Rosin?
“Rosin” refers to a Cannabis extraction process that utilizes a combination of heat and high pressure, instead of volatile solvents, to break open trichome and squeeze resinous sap from your cannabis flower or Hash. The result is a golden, even clear, sappy or sometimes shatter-like product. If produced with proper methodology, Cannabis rosin can compete directly with the flavor, potency, and yield of other solvent-based extraction products.
Many people prefer quality rosin products over more commonly found Butane and Propane solvent extracted cannabis products. This preference comes from both non-solvent adulteration being lower in risk regarding residual solvents, as well as the ability of the Rosin method to capture rare plant essences that are often lost with the introduction of volatile solvents.
Happy Cabbage farms is a craft small-batch producer with an affinity for purity and flavor. Recently their work has been isolating extracts from strains like Tropicanna Cookies, Thug Life, Punch Breath, Purple Petals many of which are currently on the shelves at Kind Leaf in Pendleton, Oregon.
Happy Cabbage practices reservation concerning which dispensaries carry their brand. Seeking to partner with companies that put their customers and communities first, who care about quality and have the ability to represent their products for what they are.
For the past year, Kind Leaf has partnered with Happy Cabbage Farms to be the exclusive provider of Happy Cabbage products in Eastern Oregon. You can visit our Leafly Menu a see which Happy Cabbage Farms varietals we currently stock, and even order in advance for pick up.
Currently popular Happy Cabbage Rosin strains are Ice Cream Cake, Thug Life and Oregon Diesel. Come visit with one of our friendly Kind Leaf budtenders and learn why Happy Cabbage Rosin may be an exceptional choice for you.
In 2010 SoFresh farms formally began its journey to, “promote health through the regenerative cultivation and delivery of exceptional quality cannabis”. Owners Michelle and Tyson Haworth first joined the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program as Patient and Grower after Michelle’s second back surgery a few years earlier.
Unsatisfied with physicians’ constant promotion and wide acceptance of harmful opiate based prescription drugs, SoFresh seeks to cultivate and provide a more socially and environmentally healthy alternative. Their small family farm, located in the agriculturally rich North Willamette Valley, has established and maintained industry leading quality, social and environmental standards.
All SoFresh products are cultivated using minimal energy inputs; compostable and recyclable materials are given top priority. Waste is food, rain and de-humidification water is captured and stored on-site then used as the farm’s primary irrigation source. Waste indoor cultivation heat is captured to provide heat for greenhouses. Worm castings and compost combine with locally sourced nutrients and no-till cultivation techniques to ensure mineral balance and biologically thriving soil.
Plant positive IPM programs are a key protocol, the farm relies on predatory pests, fungi and nematodes for the pest management blueprint. 100% locally owned and operated, SoFresh chooses to invest in coworker education, pay a living wage, provide healthcare benefits and retirement savings for its employees while also giving back to the local community.
SoFresh Cultivation Methods
Indoor Cultivation The SoFresh indoor growing area uses a closed-loop system with low-till raised beds. They prefer to use double ended high-pressure sodium lights (HPS) but are always experimenting with new technology to promote increases in quality and yield while using less energy. The SoFresh standard is to create exceptional quality cannabis with the most efficient and bio-friendly systems possible.
Currently SoFresh utilizes a hybrid/closed-loop system with supplemental CO2, HVAC and fresh-air ventilation. During winter when it is cold outside the farmers use intake and exhaust instead of using air-conditioning to cool the room when the lights are on. This not only saves power but also replenishes the CO2 naturally. During the hot summer months, A/C is used to keep the temperature below 85 degrees which is important for keeping the more volatile terpenes from evaporating before they can be enjoyed.
Growing Greenhouse The favored growing environment at SoFresh farms is the greenhouse. There are a couple of greenhouses that are used to cultivate vegative and flowering plants. The light assist/light deprivation greenhouse produces the highest quality flowers available on the market while using less energy than a standard indoor room. There is something magical about the sun that plants prefer over only HPS or LED lights.
Tyson understands that full spectrum photo-biology plays an important part in the plants development and they have discovered plants that have the benefit of the sun and consistent HPS light when the sun doesn’t shine consistently produce the highest quality flowers at SoFresh farm.”
Sungrown Plants SoFresh farms also cultivates premium sun-grown flower that ripens under the September and October sun. These cultivars are usually available in the winter and early spring. The long Oregon summer days grow big plants and create dense, potent flowers known for their vibrant dark colors, rich smell and intense flavors. To help protect SoFresh’s sun grown cannabis from the mold creating and terpene robbing rain and dew that is often present in the Pacific Northwest in the fall. Farm hands take the time to carefully thin and train the plants before building hoop houses over the flower for the last 4 to 6 weeks of ripening.
Caring for Living Soil SoFresh farms raised beds stand about two feet high on native soil and are composed of a mixture of peat moss, perlite/bio-char, worm castings and compost as well as small amounts of other balanced nutrients. The goal is to create a synergy between the plants and the soil. SoFresh Farms believes in a “living soil” by creating an environment that is perfect for both beneficial microbiological life and Cannabis plants. Their methods begin with inoculating the plants with mycorrhizae in the vegetative stage and continuously through the beginning of the flowering cycle. Tyson uses a combination of different organic methods to feed the plants on his farm. Among them, they brew their own teas and feed the soil where the beneficial bacteria break it down and make food for the plants.
The farm is regularly featured in magazine and news articles for the company’s leading social, environmental and political practices. In July of 2014 sofresh was among Oregon’s first batch of Clean Green Certified farms, a national cannabis industry version of USDA Organic certification. SoFresh continues to lead the way in developing regenerative farming systems focused on creating clean healthy cannabis while doing good for the local environment, people and economy.
SoFresh x Kind Leaf
From the day Kind Leaf opened its doors to the public, we have been the exclusive access point for SoFresh Farms flower and prerolls in the Pendleton area. We have partnered together to educate customers about the importance of organic, regenerative farming practices and proper care of Cannabis flower from farm to jar. Each batch of SoFresh flower is hand selected by the founders of Kind Leaf to ensure the best representation of sustainably farmed flower cultivated by SoFresh Farms is available on the shelves at Kind Leaf in Pendleton, Oregon.
One of our favorite SoFresh cultivars is Durban Poison. Other popular genetics from SoFresh are Betty Hayes, Dogwalker OG, Sweet Tooth and Veteran’s Kush. Visit our Leafly menu to keep up on what SoFresh Flower is arriving this harvest.