We are sun worshippers

Prohibition drove grows indoors, but we don’t have to hide anymore!

For thousands of years cannabis has been grown under the sun.  As it evolved as a plant species, it did so in conjunction with the full, shining spectrum of sunlight.  Now that prohibition is over in Washington State, weed deserves to come back out into the light of day. Indoor gardens have their own benefits and unique outcomes, but indoor farmers are forced to rely on light bulbs to replicate the sun.  Let’s face it, no light bulb can ever replicate the full spectrum of the sun or the agricultural benefits sunlight, and nature as a whole, provides plants. 

As you can imagine, the sun awakens characteristics in plants that bulbs just don’t.  Think about the way that sun grown tomato from your friend’s garden tastes versus the one you bought from the store in the dead of winter; There is no comparison in flavor and experience.  The same principal applies to cannabis! Because our plants get the real deal full spectrum sunlight, our bud has a broader spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes resulting in premium bud full of flavor and effect.  

Organic is our way of life.

How your cannabis is grown and what it is grown in makes a difference.  Most indoor farmers use a non-soil “plant media” for growing and add synthetic nutrients in the form of chemicals to give the plant what it “needs”.  This is why farmers who grow hydroponically have to “flush” the plants with only water the last few weeks, to clear the plants (hopefully) of any residual chemicals and salts.  If indoor plants are not properly flushed out before harvest, the final product contains residual chemicals which can be harmful, harsh and burn hotter when smoked.  After the plant is harvested, that “plant media” becomes trash.  We use dirt.  Then we re-use it.

Cascade Gnome cultivates cannabis in organic, living soil. That means our plants grow into and get their nutrients from a living ecosystem with beneficial microorganisms.  We update and amend our soil using agricultural byproducts and waste such as oyster shells and chicken meal that help enrich the soil with the nutrients our plants need while taking material out of the waste stream.

Thanks to our organic living soil, we never have to “flush” out chemical nutrients like our indoor farming friends.  Not to mention, the plants are happier too.

We are stewards of our environment.

We care about what goes into our bodies and what goes into yours! We care so much that our flowers are Clean Green Certified, the highest standard of clean, organic, sustainable growing practices for cannabis producers/processors in WA.

It is important to us that we don’t take without giving back.  We only have one planet and there is no reason our cannabis crops should destroy the very land that gave it life.

We reduce waste by using by products from other industries and we are able to reuse our soil crop after crop because we feed its natural ecosystem. As a result, we are a sustainable, low to no waste farm that nurtures the land that gives us so much life.

We partner with our ecosystem.

At Cascade Gnome we promote life of all kinds on our farm.  Thanks to the sustainable environment our plants are raised in, our plants benefit from a strong, natural immune defense against pests and mold, without having to rely on chemical pesticides.   Years of working the land in the desert has allowed us to welcome a variety of predatory insects to our farm by simply providing an inviting oasis.  In 2018 we saw 4 distinct dragonflies inhabit the farm, as well as at least one type of mantis.  They are the predators of the animal kingdom, eating pests that give cannabis plants trouble.  Predatory insects, we salute you!

Nature creates a healthy environment for our plants.  They grow in living soil that provides the nutrients they need to be healthy.  We plant other flowers and vegetation that help mitigate pests that could harm our crops and we use chickens, ducks, and goats for pest control and waste management.  The more life there is, the more our plants benefit from nature’s built in feedback loop.