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Grower Spotlight: Sunshine Farms

Grower/Processor: Sunshine Farms

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Location: Vancouver, WA.

Questions here are answered by Sean Leach, sales and cultivation

How did you get into this industry: We began by providing patients cannabis in Colorado after medical marijuana kicked off. (The company moved to Washington recently after selling its business operations in Colorado and is currently building out grows in both Washington and Oregon).

What sets you apart from other grower/processors: Our cultivation team has many decades of combined growing experience, with a large portion of that time spent growing together. We have a lifelong passion and respect for cannabis and for providing the highest quality flower possible at a fair price.

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Lighting method: HPS, metal halide, inductives.

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor, Tier 3.

Pesticides: Zero chemicals, only various organic oils like Neem oil.

Soil/Growth medium: Coco coir

Signature strains: Gorilla Glue #4, Phantom Cookies, Cookie Wreck, Jack Wreck, Mendo Blue Dream.

What would you like to see next as the industry evolves: More widespread legalization and more education available to the customer!

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Grower Spotlight: Doc & Yeti

Grower: Doc & Yeti

Location: Tumwater, Washington

Owners: Joe “Doc” and Jared “Yeti.”

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How did you get into this industry: “We got into the industry because we love weed, and the Washington marijuana culture,” Jared said.

What sets your farm apart from others: “We are driven, and passionate for what we do,” Jared said. “We have the grower and smoker expertise and we are business-minded to make it through all the I-502 rules and regulations.”

Lighting method: 1000-watt hps double ended bulbs.

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor grower, tier 3.

Pesticides: “We are fully biological with our pest management, meaning we use bugs to kill other bugs and beneficial fungus, and microbes to combat diseases,” Jared said. “We also use neem oil in veg and the first two weeks of flower only.

Soil/Growth medium: Coco Coir, a coconut based product.

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Signature strains: Red Headed Stranger, Breakfast Kush, Buffalo Bill, Dutch Treat.

Other strains or products of note: “Our vape cartridges are an alcohol extract which increases the cannabinoid profile – we feel it gives you a better high that last longer and smokes thicker,” Jared said.

What would you like to see next as the industry evolves: “All we want is a complete level playing field for all 502 businesses to participate in.”

Grower Spotlight: Cedar Creek Cannabis

Grower: Cedar Creek Cannabis

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Owners: Mark Michaelson and Ann’ette Pedigo

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How did you get into this industry: “When I first started growing when I was young, it was just to get stoned,” Michaelson said. “But then I figured out there was some money to be made, and I learned that the better the bud was, the more I made. So over the years I just kept focusing on improving the quality. Once I-502 got started, I brought my family in to help set up Cedar Creek Cannabis. One of my daughters also has a farm in Longview, called Bare Naked Bud.”

What sets your farm apart from others: “I would say probably true, honest dedication to quality,” Michaelson said. “It’s nice if we can make some money along the way, of course, but I really just love growing pot. I want to be a pioneer in this industry when it comes to quality.”

Lighting method: Full spectrum. No LED.

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor grower, tier 2.

Pesticides: Occasional use of two pesticides, primarily Nuke ‘Em, an organic product made by American Agriculture in Portland. The farm also uses predatory mites to kill spider mites.

Soil/Growth medium: “Ours is similar to hydroponic but it’s not,” Michaelson said. The company uses Coco Coir, a coconut based product, as a grow medium.

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Signature strains: OG Kush, Jack Herer, Chemdawg.

Other strains or products of note: King Tut, 101 Headband, Dairy Queen and a variety of vapes and oils.

What would you like to see next as the industry evolves: “I’d love to see the stigma go away,” Michaelson said. “People who don’t know anything about cannabis love to talk about it even though they’ve never tried it. I hope people who used to smoke or are curious about it will think about trying it again – there’s a lot more to it, and it can be a lot of fun.”