Regenerative Cannabis Farm Award

The Emerald Cup is excited to continue forging the path for a new paradigm in cannabis competition. The Regenerative Cannabis Award 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. 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.

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. We feel the need to point out that 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, come join us at the Emerald Cup and become a part of the Regenerative Cannabis Movement. We will be featuring talks, workshops and panel discussions on regenerative farming practices and the power of living soil based cultivation. We will be joined by an all star team of farmers, scientists and earth stewards with the goal of empowering people with the knowledge and techniques needed for the journey down the path of regenerative cultivation.

The future, as was the past, is Regenerative

Resource Links A Regenerative Cannabis Farm cultivates medicine under the sun, in native soil with biology. It works beyond the boundaries of the cultivation site. It integrates the surrounding environment and community into the systems that build soil, restore habitat, protect water quality and encourage mutualistic relationships. It breeds resilience and collaboration. It celebrates diversity in its soil, plants and people. It values quality over quantity. It works year-round with the seasons. It is bioregional and heterogeneous. And it is guided by principles and ethics.

The Application Process

1. Prepare for the Application
a. A map of your farm.
b. Mission and purpose of your farm.
c. Regenerative practices that you employ on your farm.
d. 5-7 pictures of your farm that demonstrate regenerative practices.

2. Click the link below and fill out the application.
a. Note: the application is the first step of the selection process so put the energy into it that your farm deserves.

3. Important Dates
a. Deadline: Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2018
b. Farm Visits: October 1-31, 2018
c. Finalists Notified: November 15, 2018

Regenerative Cannabis Farming Guidelines

Note: These guidelines are not requirements, they are goals for farms dedicated to regenerative principles.

RCF is a lifelong endeavor, and we should all be striving to do better every season. Do not be discouraged from applying if you don’t meet all the guidelines at this time. We want to hear how much you are doing and hope that this will encourage you to do more.

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Regenerative Farm Questions

Before applying ask yourself these questions about your farm:

What is your farm’s mission/purpose?

What aspects of your farm do you consider Regenerative?

What aspects are sustainable?

What aspects are higher in environmental impact?

What are all the methods your farm employs to reduce negative impacts on the watershed?
(use, efficiency, discharge, sediment, roads, buffers)

In what ways does your farm promote native biodiversity?

What are your soil building processes?

What closed loop nutrition strategies does your farm employ?

What are all the ways you provide nutrition for the farm?

Does your farm utilize polyculture techniques? If so how and what else is grown?

In what ways does your farm provide medicine to patients?

In what ways does your farm work to benefit the community?

2017 Award Winners

Briceland Forest Farms, Humboldt County

Our mission is to grow the best quality cannabis and food crops possible while improving the health of the natural environment, quality of the soil, and quality of life for us and our greater community. We strive to do this with the most sustainable inputs, practices and systems. To further these goals we encourage constant observation, learning, innovation, and sharing.

Lion Paw Organics, Siskiyou County

Our goal at LionPaw organics is to create a diverse healthy ecosystem that promotes more life. We have the ability to tend to beautiful livestock and land. We always approach our slice of heaven with a beginners mind. Always learning and giving back to the land that cares for us.

Flower Daze Farm, Trinity County

Our farm’s mission is to thrive as one whole interconnected living organism that creates its own fertility and regenerates the land, through holistically cultivated biodiversity and closed- loop natural systems of renewal, utilizing guiding principles of permaculture, biodynamics, silviculture & analog forestry…

Resource Links

A Watershed Conscious Property is designed and managed to ensure the integration of systems both natural and constructed. It operates on seasonal timelines and regenerative land use practices so that the disturbances created by human interactions are mitigated and ecologically offset. A WCP is holistic relationship between observation and implementation.

Resource Innovation Institute convenes leadership events, creates industry standards and advocates for effective policies, incentives and regulations that advance an energy and water efficient future for cannabis.

A DEM Pure certificate is beyond organics. We hope for it to be a tool for communities to recognize the cream of the crop growers for their excellence in maintaining and furthering their role as stewards to the self, plant, soil and earth. We are leaders in the cannabis community and industry. DEM Pure is a way of gardening without chemicals, bottled nutrients, overuse of animal products and earth mined minerals. Having a deep understanding of the way the living soil feeds all life and helping that living soil become healthier. Cultivating the love of cannabis and gratitude for all that it has given humanity. DEM Pure gardens are dedicated to the plant world and want to see it thrive naturally.

The Living Soils Symposium, established in 2016, has a simple mission: To promote Regenerative, Living Soil practices in order to transform the face of modern industrial agriculture within our lifetime. Our passion lies in bringing people together online and in person to find transformative information and inspiring experiences that will guide them to become stewards of Living Soil systems. We are here to help catalyze and facilitate the massive cultural awakening surrounding how products and foods are produced.

Regenerative Farm Award Application

To be considered for the Regenerative Cannabis Farm Award please click below and complete the application.

Due to the need for site visitation for finalists, we will only be accepting applications from farms in the Northern California and Southern Oregon area. We hope to increase this range in the future.