NY Times Takes a Look at Humboldt Growers Vs Corporate Farms in the Desert
From the desert to the land of towering redwood trees, from small farmers to corporate greenhouses lining the landscape, the today’s NY Times takes a quick look at the possible future of marijuana growing in California.
In their article, the Triangle’s Patrick Murphy of Emerald Family Farms speaks up for the non-corporate grower. His organization represents farmers who are banding together to sell their product in ways that can be competitive against big canna-businesses. He argues that some cannabis consumers will want to support the small farmer. He says, “In California, especially in Humboldt, we have a code of conduct: Respect the land and respect the people,” he said. “I don’t want that culture to be replaced by guys in $5,000 suits.”
Contrasted with the Triangle’s growers is the vision offered by the Mayor Richard Kerr of Adelanto, a city located in the desert not far from Los Angeles. It averages 5.5 inches of rain annually. The article states,
Given the state’s ongoing drought, farmers have already begun marketing themselves as environmentally friendly, despite all the electricity required to grow marijuana indoors.
“They all have irrigation systems, where the water goes down into the soil and they can recycle it,” Mr. Kerr said. “We’re trying to stay on the green side of things here.”
It’s hard however to imagine the water needed to grow cannabis being available in environmentally sound ways in the deserts of Southern California.