Cannabis Grower Groups Offer Help to “Community in Crisis”
Press release from the Humboldt County Growers Alliance, California Growers Association, and Emerald Grown:
Dear Southern Humboldt Community in Crisis,
Southern Humboldt is only a “community in crisis,” if you chose to look at it that way. We think it is a community that is evolving.
We understand that change is difficult, we heard your feelings and experiences as told at the “Community in Crisis Town Hall,” but we want to remind you that there are opportunities to adapt and even thrive, should there be the willingness and open mindedness to do so. There are resources, free resources, to learn how to move forward should there be the desire to show up, and the willingness to listen and learn.
Many have already started adapting to the new reality. Every day in Humboldt we speak to wildly inspiring locals in and out of the cannabis industry who have made the brave choice to learn how to navigate and strive for success in this new world. Is it easy? Absolutely not. But did they show up? Absolutely.
The past two months, in Garberville, there have been two free and inclusive meetings to learn about tangible paths forward through the development of Cannabis Agricultural Cooperatives and tourism development. These were opportunities for the community to “put their fingerprints on” figuring out how to shape the future, but unfortunately at both events, which were widely publicized, many seats remained open.
On the cannabis side of things Humboldt County Growers Alliance, California Growers Association and Emerald Grown are working to provide resources, support networks and tools to help our community thrive in a regulated marketplace, but we can only help if people show up. It is in the absence of cooperation and working together that crisis takes hold. We know this because this is what has been taught to us by…well you, the ‘mom and pops’.
You taught the younger generation that working together to build schools, community centers, hospice and fire departments is what in part made rural Humboldt, and the Emerald Triangle, so unique and special.
You taught us that we have something very few places in the world have; that we are a people who fundamentally understand the value of working together. We believe it is time to go back to the roots and remember the very lessons you taught, the very example you made, and let us help you by providing tangible solutions and a path forward. For a community that has prided itself in developing collaborative networks and persevering under extreme situations, to not show up when real opportunities to fix “problems” are available, is the real crisis.
So we must ask: Are you a legacy cannabis farmer who does not want or can not afford to start a business as an elder? Are you a ‘mom and pop’ who feels you are being left out? Is your body tired of long labor in the So-Hum heat?
If you answered yes, there are options that are available to you.
So, here is the good and bad news:
The bad news: If you don’t show up, no one will do it for you, and you are your own worst enemy.
The good news: You are completely capable and uniquely positioned to create the community you have always wanted through the Retire, Remediate, and Relocate program, Cannabis Agricultural Cooperatives, and partnering with younger generations. A community where neighbors work together, protecting the environment is just as important as the bottom line, and building infrastructure and jobs is obtainable.
So, Southern Humboldt “Community in Crisis,” we challenge you to be proactive in your collective future by showing up to meetings that provide tangible solutions. The Humboldt County Growers Alliance and Emerald Grown commits to hosting another co-op development meeting, but here is the kicker, you have to request it.
If we are provided with over 100 signatures on this petition we will share our resources to provide you another meeting to come learn, for free, potential next steps. Consider this a call to action.
Many have already chosen to be proactive and innovative. We want to thank those who have started developing their legal cannabis businesses, the non-cannabis businesses who are pivoting and adapting, Local and State elected officials who work tirelessly, Local and State staffers who don’t get the good credit they deserve (Director Ford we are looking at you), our non-profits who are struggling with declining budgets yet still working to make Humboldt a healthier place and to everyone who understands and believes in the golden opportunity we have before us.
We salute you.
We also want to thank the inspiring community members, visionaries and leaders who attended the Southern Humboldt Business & Visitors Bureau on September 7th at the Playhouse.
And finally we all should thank, Laura Lasseter-Director Of Operations of the Southern Humboldt Business and Visitors Bureau, whose determination is a guiding light in a community sometimes shroud in its own darkness. Please thank her in person next time you see her.
With love, utmost respect, gratitude and unwavering determination,
Terra Carver HCGA- Executive Director
Natalynne DeLapp HCGA- Operations Director
Hezekiah Allen California Growers Association/Emerald Grown
Casey O’Neill, HappyDay Farms/ California Growers Association/Emerald Grown