Are you growing this year?
Updated: Jul 22, 2022
Are you growing this year? James here, and I’m here to tell you that I’ve grown
quite a few plants at Laughing Dog Farms, but I’ve grown as a person
even more. Running a commercial cannabis farm can be challenging.
As the farm has become more successful and the demand for Bio
Harmonic Cannabis has increased, I’ve had to adapt to quickly
changing regulations and the rigors of sustainable expansion. I always
joke that running a farm is 10% growing plants and 90% fixing things.
Broken pumps and fences, tractor maintenance, and clogged sprayers
are par for the course, but sometimes the things which need repair
cannot be fixed with wrenches and elbow grease.
Working with plants is a cool breeze compared to working with
human beings, which can feel more like riding on a roller coaster full
of kids who’ve just been in a hot dog eating contest. This is further
complicated when those humans are friends or family, as we are
often reluctant to bring up issues that we are having. Maintaining
positive and healing energy in the garden is fundamental to growing
nutrient-dense food and therapeutic medicine (and maintaining
sanity). Every time I have tried to approach commercial cultivation
from a maximum productivity standpoint, I have faced challenges
that threaten the peace and tranquility of the garden. And in my
humble opinion, the plants and all the other organisms in the system
can feel this anxious energy. These days I put much more thought
into preserving peace in the garden. I want everyone involved to feel
excited to be there caring for these beautiful plants and nurturing
the soil so full of life and intelligence. To grow the most therapeutic
medicine, I believe that I must consider the vibe in the garden as much
as I consider the amount of water given.
Here's 8 Healthy Tips to Kick start Your Garden
#1 Play Music
Plants love music, so buy a Bluetooth speaker (water-resistant is nice)
that can be left in the garden and listen to some tunes with your plants
and humans. I love it when I see my partners and employees dancing
around while working in the garden.
#2 Hang Out
Set some time aside to be with the plants. I will spend a few hours a
week scouting for issues like bugs, diseases, and deficiencies, but even
beyond this, it is nice to spend time with plants with no purpose other
than connecting. The plants love being touched and talked to, and we
feel good when we make time for this.
#3 Harmonic Field
Put some quartz crystals like amethyst around the garden, especially
if using electricity or if near a city. Quartz is pretty special; did you
know that the original transistor radios were called crystal sets? The
frequency of crystals is soothing to many people and plants.
Friends, family, employees, and contractors all love it when you show
interest in their lives while maintaining a calm and loving presence,
as that is so uplifting to those around. At the farm, we love to have
weekly meetings where we set goals and intentions for the week to
come and go over what went well in the previous week and what we
had trouble with. This always starts with a 5-minute group meditation
and sharing some things we are grateful for. Quick daily check-ins
are great too. Communication is paramount, and if you are having
trouble managing tasks and collaborating, I suggest checking out apps
like Basecamp for streamlining these. Find out what people enjoy
doing and set them loose. Some people love trimming, and others
despise it. It seems reasonable to expect a superior job done in less
time from someone who isn’t doing it begrudgingly. Train people well
and be available to support them without standing over them and
micromanaging them. Neuroscience suggests that rewards may be
more effective than punishments when it comes to motivating people,
so let’s make sure that we let people know when they’ve done a good
job and reserve how much we criticize.
#5 Land Steward
If you haven’t already, consider growing organically. It feels awesome
to know that you are doing things less damaging to the environment,
which can be taken a step further when you start moving toward
growing regeneratively. Growing medicine while simultaneously
healing your local ecosystem is the bee’s knees. Start small. Balance is
beautiful, and the path to mastery is slow and winding. For example,
moving from conventional to regenerative agriculture is a process
that is best done with guidance from experts. Luckily there are many
sources of free and low cost training on this subject and nothing beats
hands-on experience so go volunteer at a local regenerative garden or
attend a Korean Natural Farming or Permaculture design course.