Unique microclimate of Southern Humboldt
As the sun comes up, and a new day begins, there’s nothing that beats the chance to soak up the sounds and smells of the Emerald Triangle’s deep, dense forest and the refreshing breeze that rolls in across the coast from the Pacific Ocean. The unique microclimate of the Southern Humboldt region begins to work its magic and the flowers that grow at Big Rock Farms look even more beautiful than they did the day before.
A few years ago, terroir and appellation were terms reserved for the world of wine, but today there’s a growing community of cannabis connoisseurs who delight in recognizing the distinctive taste of Humboldt County. Home to incredibly tall plants and rare “estate” strains, this region is thought to offer some of the finest examples of cannabis on the planet. But why?
Well, two things really… Optimum growing conditions and experienced farmers.
You see, the region benefits from a unique microclimate that cannabis plants simply thrive in. Think rich soil, coupled with a Mediterranean climate, and you’ll begin to get a feel for what we mean. But more than the natural conditions of the surrounding environment, local cannabis growers and farms have been cultivating the plant since the free-love era of the 1960s. Years of experience, doing what we do best, means that there’s no-one better equipped to get the very best out of this special land.
Cultivating cannabis in Humboldt since 1986
Here, at Big Rock Farms, we’ve been cultivating cannabis in the Southern Humboldt region since 1986. Lovers of the land and dedicated to protecting the natural beauty of a place that has given us such joy, we grow outdoor, chemical-free cannabis, following a process that leaves a small environmental footprint. Each season, we learn something new about the land, the soil, the microclimate, our plants and what they can do. Over the years, we’ve been able to really hone in on the potential of this incredible cannabis-growing country by cultivating a distinctive number of strains, including a sativa-dominant hybrid for pain relief, a potent chemdog that offers a cerebral experience and an indica-dominant hybrid called Blue Cookies for an entire body relax.
So, how are things changing in this unique part of the world?
Well, first up, we’re legal! Proposition 64 is set to make California the largest legal pot market in the world. That’s huge! The legalization of recreational and medicinal cannabis has put what we do in Southern Humboldt on the worldwide map. But, at the same time, federal law still considers cannabis to be an illegal drug, which makes it difficult to get financial support from banks and continues to place local farmers in precarious positions.
Most are concerned about cost. Compliance has essentially wiped out most of the smallest farmers and regulations related to tracking, storage and other mandated facilities just keep on coming. Humboldt County has always been an area dominated by just a few industries, all based on environmental resource. Fishing and logging have almost completely stopped, dairy and beef cows have seen better days, and so cannabis is really the only lucrative industry left in our area, but legalization is making it hard for anyone but big business to access it.
Big legal changes but the quality stays the same
At Big Rock Farms, we’re excited by the legalization process. Without a doubt, it’s something we have always hoped for and we’ve been planning for environmental regulations; remaining conscious about our farming practices and determined not to make huge changes to the way we grow our plants. At the same time, however, the changes are a little daunting.
While changes are proving to be expensive and time-consuming, the only things that really matter to us at Big Rock are the quality of our flower, the local community and the natural environment that surrounds us. Regardless of the changing road ahead, we will honor or commitments and either make it, or go broke trying.