In California’s Emerald Triangle, cannabis cultivation is a way of life. The region has been revered by growers for generations as a place where the stars align to provide the perfect environment for the plant to thrive. Many farmers have followed in their family’s footsteps, working the land much like their parents or grandparents before them.
Others realized their destinies in more roundabout ways.
“My unique purpose, so it’s been revealed to me, is to grow cannabis,” Tina Gordon, Founder of Moon Made Farms, said in an interview with Boveda’s Ryan Harner.
See more from Tina in this extended video!
Tina found herself in the Emerald Triangle after spending the majority of her career working in creative fields. She spent time as a professional musician and producer, events planner, and documentary filmmaker. When Tina’s friend and former mentor expressed a desire to sell her 40-acre property in Northern California, the city slicker decided to take a leap of faith. Seeking an oasis far away from the grind of city life, the opportunity was a serendipitous moment that would change the trajectory of Tina’s life forever.
Ryan, along with Boveda’s resident videographer and a few other team members, journeyed to Tina’s lush and vibrant estate in southern Humboldt county in order to learn more about her passion for the plant, her relationship with Boveda, and the principles that drive her methodologies.
Moon Made Farms centers around sustainable, regenerative agriculture with a holistic mentality and interstellar twist. Tina and the team understand the importance of putting heart and soul into the growing cycle along with the right elements seeing a full manifestation of their efforts come harvest season.
“This is a highly intelligent and extremely sensitive plant — it’s a reflection of its environment,” Tina explained. “That includes the soil that includes the sun that includes the water, all of the inputs, and most importantly, the person or the people who are cultivating the plants.”
Moon Made Farms harnesses the power of the sun to drive the life cycle of the plants dotting the hills but the divine feminine energy being summoned here is in harmony with the stars, a fact that is never lost on Tina or her team.
“With lunar farming, you start to tune in to what happens to the plants during the waning moon cycle versus the waxing moon cycle,” she said in the video. “The waning moon cycle is like the earth is inhaling, and the waxing moon cycle is exhaling. There’s a lot of growth happening at night though nobody’s seeing it.”
Tina also noted that she desires, above all else, to encapsulate the farm in her end product, offering a bit of home to every customer.
“What I want more than anything else, is for the consumer to open up a container and smell the terpenes that reflect that plant, and to bring them back to the farm.
“When somebody smokes Moon Made flower, I want to transport them to the oak grove, where we are, in the heart of the Emerald Triangle. I want them to taste the water we use, to taste the earth — I want them to taste the essence of this place.”
The “sun-grown, moon made” adage is the farm’s true ethos, a tradition Tina longs to continue for years to come. She has embraced her homestead in ways she could have never imagined, and despite the challenges facing her community, Tina hopes that by sharing her story, she can keep the spirit of Humboldt alive.
“All the small farmers in the Emerald Triangle have been working for this for generations. I want to honor this culture that I feel so privileged to be a part of, to be able to carry on the work that was started long before me.”
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