It’s 4:20PM, first Friday of August–Nelson calls from Roseburg, Oregon, excited as always but glowing with evil genius cackle.

“Can you be here in exactly 72 hours!? I have some legendary bucket list shit going down here Monday at 4:20 and you need to get down here–like for the magazine. You in?”

“What exactly man, I’ve got so much shit going on.”

“I don’t care what you have going on dude, it couldn’t possibly be cooler than what I’ve got going on at my farm and you and Clive need to get your asses down here and bring a camera for the magazine and for yourself, just trust me.“

“Seriously man, why can’t you just tell me? We can probably come.”

“ ‘Probably’ doesn’t cut it, either your coming or I’m gonna bail on this once-in-a-lifetime, legendary idea. Have I ever let you down before, man? I swear this is bucket list shit.”

So loaded with high-guy energy and enthusiasm I couldn’t say no, besides he’s got a heart of gold and a green thumb connected to it, so at the very least this would be a good excuse to peep his fresh light dep harvest and dab on the Umpqua River with some kind Pinots.

Nelson also fancies himself a viticulturist and made a living in the wine industry before he crept out of the shadows at Boss Hawg Cannabis Farm. So he’s always got cases of Pat’s latest vintage from Spangler Vineyards, why the hell not.

You probably guessed it by the picture of Frank the camel, just what Nelson had up his sleeve down there in the Umpqua Valley. Yep, Camel rides and photo shoots in his cannabis garden. Bucket list? I guess–now. Can’t say I would have put that on the list without Nelson’s creative coaxing, but hell yeah it was, as promised, a legendary party!

Nelson had some great ideas for the photo shoot like riding through the rows of cannabis with magnifying glasses on the end of broom handles to inspect head colas on otherwise unapproachable giant plants and making it seem as if “…that’s what we do in Oregon.” He also had plenty of not-so-great, high-guy ideas–rescuing kittens from the cannabis on camelback??? Dab up and use your imagination.

Thankfully no kittens or camels or humans were harmed during or after the shoot until much later when most of the humans in attendance got all banged-up on pinot and dabs.

So, where does Frank live and why was he at Nelson’s farm and why am I sharing this story?

Frank and his partner (they travel as a team) reside at the drive-through zoo and Nelson traded a friend of a friend a half-pound of flower to bring them down and play in the cannabis garden for a couple hours.

Furthermore, I’m sure the bud was kicked down one ounce at a time to avoid violating Oregon state law!

And why share this story?

Why not share a wonderful day in the life of Guy Holmes and a lesson about trusting your home team!

Thanks for being on the home team all these years, Nelson, I appreciate your friendship–this issue is for you and Frank the camel and all the Roseburglars for taking such good care of us down there–always a thrill a minute!

Warmly,

Guy Holmes, Editor

About a month ago, I cut 200 clones from the same mom. Just yesterday, I finished delivering those clones (four each) to 50 of Oregon’s elite cannabis growers, all over the great Beaver State for our second annual Grow Classic competition. These elite growers do their unique thing with these identical genetics and we reconvene November 17th in Eugene, where we award $15,000 cash to those who finish with the most THC, highest terps, and the Growers Choice, selected by the growers themselves. This is our second year of the competition which has introduced me to so many of Oregon’s premier growers, many of whom I have developed lifelong friendships with.

As a grower for 23 years and daily consumer of flowers for more than 25 years, and as someone who has played in the circle all over New England, Colorado, Nevada, Montana, Northern California and Oregon (where I’ve been for the last 18 years), I can testify that these Oregon friends are pushing up some of the most beautiful, coated, terpiest, tastiest, dense, and stoniest buds in the country. Their individual methodologies span the gamut of tried and tested grow knowledge, handed down from three and four generations and/or earned like research and development badges. Each of their farms is just as unique as the people themselves and, as you might guess, as unique as each of their finished flowers, despite our identical genetics. I’ve gleaned so much knowledge from visiting each of these growers and following along with them on our proprietary Grow Classic app through the duration of the competition. Though each of these folks is certainly unique, there are, of course, some commonalities; baseline observations I have made along the journey that I thought I’d share with you in this very fitting “Sustainability Issue.”

Sustainable and intentional practices reign supreme for almost all of these all-stars. They are conscious of their plants from root to cola, conscious of the air above and the rhizosphere below, and the symbioses surrounding and throughout the plant during its lifecycle. They are conscious of their environment and the earth itself and their personal relationship to each plant. This may sound hokey to some of you, but the passion and positive vibes contribute as much to the finished product as the genetics themselves or, quite possibly, any other single factor alone.

Organic practices are commonplace; no-till methodologies and bio-dynamic farming seemed to complete the theme over the past couple of years. Some are implementing Korean natural farming techniques into the equation, taking advantage of indigenous microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and protozoa) to produce fertile soils that yield high output without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Furthermore, most contestants are bubbling these microorganisms and bacteria with come sort of compost tea to stimulate the life within before applying to their soil.

You may already be using some or all of these techniques, or you may have developed some proprietary secrets of your own. Whatever your methodology, remember to have fun and be kind and when you do make a discovery share with friends, including us, so we can all help each other grow danker and danker buds.

Warmly,

Cosmos Burnigham, Editor