APPLY TO RECEIVE THE 2018 REGENERATIVE CANNABIS FARM AWARD HERE!
Cultivation Classic is honored to presented the Regenerative Cannabis Farm Award. We are excited to extend the opportunity for Oregon producers to receive recognition for our outdoor producers’ commitment to regenerative practices. A group of outstanding farms will be selected as finalists, which results in an in-person visit to your farm by the RCFA committee in late March. One farm will be named the 2018 recipient of the RCFA, and awarded on stage at the Cultivation Classic awards ceremony on Saturday, May 12 in Portland.
Past Winners //
Green Source Gardens (Inaugural RCFA Recipient)
Cascade High (2017 “Innovation Winner”)
Pilot Farms (2017 “Innovation Winner”)
A MESSAGE FROM THE REGENERATIVE FARM AWARD TEAM:
The way we grow plants can have the power to help or hurt our environment. Sadly, the direction taken by modern agriculture has been devastating for the planet, destroying our topsoil, diverting and poisoning our water, while growing toxic and nutrient poor food that leads a host of health issues. The societal and environmental costs of bad agricultural practices are staggering and terrifying. Cannabis can be cultivated in ways that are high-impact, resource-excessive, and harmful to people, water and the land. However, with the right practices, cannabis can also be grown in a way that can help heal the environment.
Cultivation Classic is excited to continue forging the path for a new paradigm for cannabis competitions. We aim to honor farms that cultivate to promotes environmental health while growing safe, pure, high quality cannabis.
The RCFA is designed to be a catalyst of positive competition filled with information sharing, land stewardship, ethical marketing, watershed consciousness and love of nature, living soil and biodiversity. We want the cannabis industry to be excited about and influenced by permaculture, natural farming and biodynamic principles. The cost decrease, the quality increase and the potential for positive marketing that can be gained from regenerative agriculture techniques can serve as a positive guide for industry to forge a more harmonious relationship between nature and economics.
The goal of the award is to educate people about what regenerative cultivation techniques are and how they can be adopted to help us grow the highest quality, pure medicine that truly expresses the terroir of farm. Regenerative farming is cultivating in a way that has a healing effect on the environment through developing closed-loop systems. Examples of regenerative practices are proper land management and stewardship, rainwater catchment, groundwater recharge, living soil building, cover cropping, mulching, composting, polyculture, companion planting, and promoting and preserving native biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Regenerative practices go beyond sustainability in that they heal, improve, and remediate. On the other hand, sustainable practices are ways to reduce negative impacts to the point of treading the waters of “do no harm.” Organic farming on its own is not necessarily regenerative or sustainable. Quite often there are huge environmental impacts associated with organic products and nutrients. Many organic amendments are unsustainably mined and transported. Other organic products for pest control might seem safe and environmentally friendly, but in reality are detrimental to native diversity, especially our incredibly important pollinating insects like bees. It is time for us to take responsibility for our impacts and educate ourselves to the practices that both heal the earth and grow the highest-quality cannabis.
At this moment in human history, we stand at a crossroads: down one path is the potential future of remediation and environmental health; down the other is our current course of finite resource extraction and environmental destruction. We truly hope that Oregon’s producers will grow, produce, manufacture and do business in this new world of legal cannabis in ways that shine a guiding light to the rest of the business world.
If your farm operates with these principles of environmental and community ethics at its heart, please review the guidelines for qualification and complete the application. The winning farm will have their story featured in Willamette Week, on the Cultivation Classic website after the event, and be highlighted in a video snapshotting the work happening on your farm. We feel the need to point out that very few farms live up to the standards created for this competition. It is our hope that these difficult standards are viewed not as an impossible bar, but a goal for improvement for years to come.
Whether you enter or not, join us at Cultivation Classic 2018, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon, to connect with other likeminded producers committed to the regenerative agriculture movement.
A great resource, for your information: regenerativecannabisfarming.org
Emerald Cup’s Regenerative Cannabis Farm Award page.