Grower Spotlight: NW Custom Chronic

Grower: NW Custom Chronic

Location: Woodland, Washington

Owner: Greg Bowyer

How did you get into this industry: “I got into the industry years ago on the medical side. I suffered several injuries as a young man that left me with daily pain. All the doctors wanted to do was give me pills that made me into a zombie. I received a recommendation for cannabis that seemed to help tremendously. I finally got tired of paying for it and started to mess around with growing my own. It became an effective option to deal with my pain. When they legalized it recently it seemed like a good fit for me.,” Bowyer said.

What sets your farm apart from others: “Our farm is a small farm concentrated on quality at an effective price. We want to provide the best cannabis at the lowest price so everyone can know what it is to have the best cannabis without breaking the bank to get it.”

Lighting method: We are an indoor grow that uses 1000-w sodium halides.

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor grower, tier 1.

Pesticides: “We typically don’t use pesticides. If the need arises (and it is rarely) we use spider mites and a combination of SNS-217 and green cleaner.”

Soil/Growth medium: We use soil to grow our plants not coco.

Signature strains: Lemon Sour Diesel, Durbin  Bubble, Dragon Lady, Super Silver Haze, Green Queen, Orange Creamsicle, Chernobyl, Green Crack, Purple Pineberry.  Our to top testers are Chernobyl 29.1% and Dragon Lady 30.4% total active cannabinoids.

Other strains or products of note: “We will be providing extracts in the near future as we are only waiting on final approval from the Liquor and Cannabis Board. We will be offering BHO, rosin and keif.”

What would you like to see next as the industry evolves: “The industry is moving in the right direction. I would like to see a marketplace that is a little easier to do business in. I would also like to see the industry be treated like any other legal industry. That is fairly on all levels from finance to banking to advertising and merchandising.  I believe we will get there.”

Grower Spotlight: Going Green

Grower: Going Green

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Owners: Mark Robertson


How did you get into this industry: “I’m just a business man. I’ve run a boat shop here in town for 20 years. I was looking for something else to do and this just kind of came along. I’ve smoked pot since I was in my teens, and this just seemed like a really interesting opportunity,” Robertson said.

What sets your farm apart from others: “Our focus is to grow the highest grade flower we can produce – whether that’s CBD strains or things on the recreational side. We’re always looking at ways to improve and make things better, but our processes are reasonably set now. Things are working really well.”

Lighting method: Full spectrum 100-watt HPS XXX hoods for commercial products. Also doing some test runs with other light spectrum technology.

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor grower, tier 1.

Pesticides: No pesticides. The company uses Neem Oil and sticky paper to protect crops.

Soil/Growth medium: Ocean forest soil with a perlite mix.


Signature strains: Sour Tsunami and Harley Sue CBD strains, F***ing Incredible and Juicy Fruit THC strains.

Other strains or products of note: Blue Dream, Cheese and several other strains for the recreational market.

What would you like to see next as the industry evolves: “I would love to see better education to the public on what the lab numbers actually mean. High THC doesn’t always mean a stronger head high, yet so much of the recreational market is based on that. The other cannabinoids and the entourage effect play a very big role – there’s a lot more to it than just THC.”

Best of Clark County competition!!

Howdy Folks!!

For the first time ever, The Columbian has added a “Cannabis” category to its Best of Clark County competition – and we need the help of all The Herbery’s amazing customers to win!

Here’s how you nominate us:

  1. Go to, click the “Click to Nominate” button.
  2. Provide your email and click “Next” (you won’t be placed on a spam list – and you can sign up to win an iPad!)
  3. Click on the “Cannabis” section.
  4. Write in “The Herbery” in the third category (“Store”)

After that, you’ll get a confirmation of your vote.

The nomination round lasts from Feb. 1-7, 2016.

We hope you’ll also consider nominating some of our local Clark County growers, including Cedar Creek Cannabis, Fairwinds Manufacturing, Going Green, NW Custom Chronic and Crescomax!

After the nomination round, The Columbian will take a week to tally the votes before launching the final round, which will run from Feb. 15-28!

We’ll remind you again when that round launches!

Thank you all so much for participating – and for making The Herbery the best store in the region! It’s you, our customers, that truly make us shine.



Grower Spotlight: Cedar Creek Cannabis

Grower: Cedar Creek Cannabis

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Owners: Mark Michaelson and Ann’ette Pedigo


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.


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.”

Budtender Spotlight: Trevor

Name: Trevor


From: San Francisco Bay area, California until he was 10 and then Idaho. Trevor moved to Vancouver about eight months ago with his brother. “My brother and I have been meaning to get out of Idaho for a while. I got two years probation there for a pipe! Also, there’s just not much to do there unless you’re a rancher or a farmer. So that’s actually why we moved here, not just because cannabis is legal.”

Weed history: “I’ve smoked since I was 12, but I wasn’t very educated about it until I came to work at The Herbery. I love Vancouver. It’s close enough to feel like you’re in civilization, but not so big that you feel swallowed by it.”

Favorite strains: Golden Pineapple from Phat Panda – “It’s a great high, but it also tastes like what it smells like and the buds are beautiful!” – Blackberry Kush from Victory Cannabis, Ewok from Cascadia Gardens and Chem Dawg from Cedar Creek Cannabis.

Customer support: “I like people who can keep up with my quirkiness. I love that fun back and forth with customers. I also just really enjoy helping people.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I collect Phat Panda stickers. I have one for pretty much every strain we’ve gotten in. I also love galaxy print things – if I see anything with the cosmos on it, like a shirt or sheets, I just have to get it because I love how it looks.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I see a lot of growth going on, especially here at The Herbery. I could definitely see myself still working here in the future.”

Video Introduction:


Budtender Spotlight: Sarah Bartholick

Name: Sarah Bartholick

From: Vancouver (Skyview High School graduate)

Weed history: “I first experimented with it when I was 15 and didn’t really care for it much, but I tried it again at 18 and found I really liked it. Now I’m really into wanting to know the medical benefits of everything. I love the healthcare aspects and I’m reading up for our medical launch in July. I just really like helping people.”


Favorite strains: Dutch Treat from Doc & Yeti, anything from Cedar Creek Cannabis (“Their OG Kush, the way it smells, the way it tastes, that’s what marijuana should be!”), any sativa from Doc & Yeti, indicas, balanced hybrids, Spot Brownies (“because they’re made with butter instead of coconut oil and that brings out the terpenes a lot more.”)

Customer support: “I love talking to people who are just getting started, people who are newer, people who are interested in medical marijuana. I find it easy to explain the different feels of cannabis strains. ”

Weirdest thing about you: “I have to have my watch on all the time. I’ve worn it for 16 years and I just can’t live without it. I actually go back home to get it if I leave without it. I’m not sure why. I also really like to organize things.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “I want to be here, selling medicinal products, helping us grow bigger with more stores.”

Video Introduction:

Budtender Spotlight: Nick Svilarich

Editor’s Note: This is the first of what will be an occasional series introducing our Herbery budtenders to the public. 


Name: Nick Svilarich

From: Camas (graduated from Camas High School)

Weed history: “I wasn’t super involved with cannabis prior to the legalization movement. I did smoke in the past, but it wasn’t a regular thing. After legalization I became a frequent customer at The Herbery and I decided I wanted to work here. It’s definitely exciting, fulfilling and involved.”

Favorite strains: Chem Dawg from Cedar Creek, Dutch Treat from Doc & Yeti, God’s Gift from Victory Cannabis.

Customer support: “I really like questions. I know this is an industry where people are sometimes reluctant to ask about products, but I want them to feel welcome. I like to stay well-informed so I can help them out.”

Weirdest thing about you: “I want to be a potter, making cups, jars and playing with mud. That’s my thing. I actually volunteer as a studio monitor so I can help other potters learn the craft.”

Where do you want to be in five years: “Hopefully I’ll still be in this industry. This is the place to be – things are kicking off and I think this will grow really well.”

Video Introduction:

The Herbery food drive needs your help!

Hi Folks,

We’re collecting canned and dry food this holiday season for the Clark County Food Bank, and we need your help!

Food drive

Donation boxes are set up at both of our locations: Our main store at 212 NE 164th Ave., Suite 11 and our second location at 6018 NE St. John’s Road., Suite D.

We’ll have the boxes out at our stores through mid-January, and we hope you’ll join us.

Among the most-wanted items are canned tuna, peanut butter, soup, canned fruit and canned vegetables. (unfortunately, we can’t take home-canned items, only store-bought).

“It’s the holidays, the time of year for people to open their hearts to people in need,” said Jim Mullen, Chief Operating Officer. “We have great customers with big hearts and we know they’d love to help.”

The Herbery will also be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day and will close early on Christmas Eve so that our employees can enjoy the holidays with their families.

“We want to make sure our employees have time to spend with their own families and loved ones,” Mullen said.

After Thanksgiving, we will reopen on Black Friday – and we’re working on a host of special deals to celebrate, so stay tuned!



The Herbery partners with Analog Cafe for Tim Burton burlesque show

The Herbery has partnered with The Analog Cafe and Theater in Portland to bring “A Burlesque Nightmare Before Christmas” to Analog’s fall lineup.


The show will feature a wide array of director Tim Burton’s work, recasting scenes from “Pee Wee Herman,” “A Nightmare Before Christmas” and other shows and films in the burlesque style, said Donnie Rife, the theater owner.

“It’s essentially girls and boys stripping as their favorite Tim Burton characters,” Rife said with a laugh. “It’s all burlesque.”

Jim Mullen, chief operating officer at The Herbery, said his company decided to support the show both as a way to reach out to the Portland community and as an effort to help Analog continue to provide a cannabis-enthusiast focused entertainment lineup at the theater.

“Donnie Rife also facilitated Sir Mix-A-Lot’s appearance in our store and opened the opportunity for us to sponsor that show,” Mullen said. “Analog Cafe is very popular, and we think that our customers will enjoy the show, and we also hope some new customers will come to visit our store after seeing it.”

The Herbery will have street teams in Portland handing out flyers for the event – which include a 10 percent off discount at The Herbery’s two locations at 212 NE 164th Ave. or 6018 NE St. John’s Rd, Ste. D in Vancouver.

“Whoever brings those in can get 10 percent off any one item, including glass,” Mullen said.

Visitors can’t use cannabis at the Analog Cafe, but Rife said they’re welcome to consume prior to attending the show – although he cautioned that visitors shouldn’t smoke and drive.

“It’s a pro-weed community here for sure,” Rife said. “And this is a great show for that.”

Tickets are $12 at the door and can also be purchased through Analog’s website here: 

Shows begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. The Analog Cafe and Theater is located at 720 S.E. Hawthorne in Portland.