GSG ON CERTIFICATIONS FOR GROWING STANDARDS

We, at GSG, believe that patients deserve the right to know how their medicine is grown. There are a number of certifications appearing that promote organic standards for growers. This is a very good thing. However, our only issue with these certification is they do not meet our standards, for instance they all approve the use of organic industrial amendments and pesticides, which for us are not allowed in our gardens.

We believe that in order to achieve the quality that only nature can produce, we cannot be dumping high nitrogen amendments into the soil ecology as it disrupts the natural soil biology. We believe that once a diverse natural life force is established in the soil, which includes all components of the soil food web such as bacteria, fungus, microbes, predatory insects, rodents, diverse plant species, carbon, oxygen, water, arthropods, spiders and others, then applications of high nitrogen nutrient solutions and organic pesticides only combat the soils capability of performing at its highest standard. Essentially we allow natures ecology to moderate the nutrients that plants are seeking. We have found that strategies such as looking deeply into soil health and how to support soil fertility with only what is available locally through our own farm or society waste streams, leads us to a responsible agriculture aimed at caring for the Earth.

We make all our composted mulching materials on farm, from our organically fed goats.

We make all our composted mulching materials on farm, from our organically fed goats.

One of our favorite mulches is wood chips. Forests are the best soil makers on the planet, unfortunately they are being cut down all the time and then thrown away, we intercept and reincorporate that wasted carbon and feed it to our fungus thriving soils as a means to promote natural fertility. That is one of many strategies that we utilize to promote the growth of our soils.Green Source Gardens is growing soil as well as plants, each year we attain higher elevation due to soil building practices. We grow plants in the same spot and never remove soil from the garden to replant. We have increased annual production and are turning out medicine that tests as high as all the other resource intensive and waste producing methods. We are open to sharing and empowering others to begin agricultural practices that reduce pollution instead of create it.

Inter-plantings of mint attract the bees and provide a mid-summer nectar source.

Inter-plantings of mint attract the bees and provide a mid-summer nectar source.

Enough ranting… let’s get back to the third party certifications, do they matter when you are choosing your medicine? The answer is yes it does matter and this is why. It is a sure way to know that the producer is open to inspection, this is important now in the cannabis industry especially because of the many common cannabis cultivation methods that are not caring for the environment. From our perspective if a grower is not open to inspection then how can a consumer trust that the grower isn’t applying harmful chemicals to the environment and the medicine? It is just better to support gardens and farms that are open and transparent about growing methods. That way the best growing methods can be supported and that impact alone would be huge in creating an industry that cares about its impact to the planet. We believe that gardens heal the ground and therefore what they produce can heal those in need.

To wrap this up we believe third party certifications are good, as they are one way to help patients understand more about their medicine. Patients remember to research and ask about different growers and their methods. We have recently become Clean Green Certified. Our experience lead us to feel good about Clean Green as they truly understood and cared about responsible methods. Certifications are the beginning step to finding out more about the producers and their methods.