We visit different farms during the year depending on the season.

In the springtime, we visit Plant Humboldt Nursery, located in Briceland. They are a cannabis nursery that grows tens of thousands of plants from seed. You can even buy one to take home with you.

We begin visiting outdoor farms in June once crops are in the ground. Visiting ends after harvest in early fall. Harvest is a really great time to visit the weather is nice and cooled off a bit and the plants are big and beautiful.

We offer year-round tours to Catch a Cloud Farm. They have high-tech greenhouses and are able to grow all year long. These greenhouses produce the finest quality cannabis taking advantage of the best of indoor and outdoor growing styles.

Below are the farms we visit. If there is a specific farm you would like to visit, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.


Five Sisters Farm

Five Sisters Farm welcomes you across the Mendocino County Line into Southern Humboldt, America’s Cannabis Heartland. Five Sisters Farm is a legacy farm demonstrating heritage and regenerative farming practices, that carries a beyond organic Dragonfly Earth Medicine Certification. You can see cannabis as it has been grown for decades, under the open sun in native soil getting afternoon wind gusts coming up the South Fork Eel River running below.

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Five Sisters Farm is located adjacent to one of the original cannabis tourism destinations sites on French’s Camp where the iconic Reggae on the River was held for 40 years. You can enjoy the vibes and get a full immersion Humboldt experience by booking a farmstay through Hipcamp.

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Catch A Cloud Farms

The Farm is situated at 2,700 ft. elevation in Kneeland, CA and is approximately 13 miles from the ocean as the crow flies. This makes for a lovely coastal influence and a dynamic environment for cultivating cannabis. In our experience, the cooler climate allows for the plants to fully express themselves in ways that hotter & drier climates do not.

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We started homesteading on this property in 1984 with raw land. All the infrastructure that is here we painstakingly constructed ourselves over the last several decades. Whether it be from milling our own timber off the property for building to maintaining orchards, ponds, food gardens and hiking & mountain biking trails, we are continuously striving to enhance the property in a way that is sustainable yet inspiring so the next generation can carry on the traditions that are so deeply rooted in Humboldt County history.

We are a 1-acre farm, with 38,560 SF of full sun flowering canopy. We also cultivate 5,000 sf. of light-assisted greenhouses year-round for continual production of fresh flowers. We do solventless extraction onsite which primarily consists of manufacturing high-grade bubble hash & other infused products. We self-distribute our own branded products to retailers and sell wholesale bulk products to other reputable cannabis operators in California.

This husband and wife team have always had a shared love for farming and the natural world. Aria grew up on a farm in Northern New York and started assisting her immediate and large extended family on their communal farm by helping grow produce & flowers commercially and then offered for sale at local farmers markets. She also is a licensed contractor, accountant and entrepreneur.

Carter attended Humboldt State University and graduated in 1974 with 2 degrees in Wildlife Biology and Range Management. However, it was his skills in fine woodworking that led him down a path where he was able to pursue his passion and turn it into a career doing elite finish carpentry worldwide while also building out the homestead in Humboldt. So it is with their combined experiences rooted in farming, science, artistry, and business, that their modern-day cannabis farm was established.

Plant Humboldt

When I bought the 3.75 acre parcel in 1995, it was a junkyard. Over the last decades, I removed cars and trash from the land and creekside, implemented erosion control measures to rebuild top soil and catch silt before it reached the creek, worked with various agencies to initiate salmonid habitat restoration work in Redwood Creek which runs through the property, established a garden and orchard, set up rainwater collection systems and built a strawbale house. The site was able to operate entirely on stored rainwater 20 years before it was required.

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I started a bamboo nursery here 20+ years ago (I’ve still got some left!) and started the cannabis nursery in the backyard on the down-low in 2011. It was a small operation, typically around 500 ft/sq, but it is where I could experiment with everything from timing of seed planting and optimal pot sizes to pricing and natural pest control.

Once the state finally allowed licensed cannabis businesses in 2016 I was able to move “out front” near the road and expand the nursery into a regular business. It has continued to grow and improve every year since then.

We certainly didn’t set out to be unique in California and the U.S. by specializing in large, seed grown, sun grown plants and allowing customers to come in and choose their own plants. That’s just how it was always done!

As indoor cultivation in Humboldt ramped up in response to severe law enforcement pressure on outdoor cannabis cultivation in the CAMP era (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, a joint state/federal eradication program) after 1982, clones — better for indoor cultivation — became an increasingly large part of the mix. But seed grown plants always provided the majority of the finished cannabis that was, at that time, shipped from California throughout the country.

During the first four experimental years in the backyard “on the down low”, most of the plants I grew were from seed, but I did have a small cloning operation on the back porch: four EZ Cloner aeroponic clone machines and a few used T5 lights I got off of Craigslist.

Once the opportunity to operate as a normal, legal nursery became available in 2016, I quickly moved the bamboo aside, had some big sales to make room and started 4,000 cannabis seeds. I built two of the three cold frames that we still use. That year was also the first time we had formal employees. We grew some of our own clones as well as bought them from other cultivators. We didn’t sell them as rooted cuttings, though. We potted them and grew them to a larger size, acclimated to outdoor conditions as a form of value-adding. In 2016, we were sold out of plants by July 15th.

The next year, 2017, we planted about 10,000 seeds and continued with clones as well, now purchasing more from other cultivators. I built the third cold frame, hired more people and expanded the nursery area.

It turns out that people want traditional, seed grown plants and we built up a steady and loyal customer base. These days, many of the old-time pioneers of the Humboldt cannabis culture come to the nursery to buy their plants from us, which we’re honored to provide to them.

We are also unique in that people can come here and pick their own plants. Unlike tiny clones in grow-cubes, each plant is unique. We have licensed farmers show up and hand pick hundreds or sometimes thousands of plants and anyone 21+ can also pick their favorite six for their backyard garden. In that way, visiting the nursery is part of a larger experience, one we try to improve on every year.

As regulations crystalized around making it easy for large, indoor clone factories and impossible for any other business model, we had to come up with some creative solutions and workarounds to continue providing our signature outdoor, seed grown plants and to allow customers to pick their own. This is part of the reason no one else bothers to try this: it takes an absurd level of loophole-finding and problem solving to make this work.

Running this business now, for me as owner, is less about growing plants and more about filling out forms and reading hundreds of pages of regulations. Luckily, I’ve got an awesome and knowledgeable crew who takes care of the plants and customers while I fill out forms and shake my head at the bureaucratic nightmare California’s cannabis industry has become.

In the first years, —2016 and 2017 in particular — cannabis was a de facto free-for-all, with regulations in flux and no real enforcement. I took this as an opportunity to develop the business as much as possible, knowing that once everything solidified, small businesses would have regulatory cement shoes and big money would be able to buy the regulators. This is exactly what happened.

Since Plant Humboldt is on a main county road and has been very visible from the start, many old time and new time outlaw growers stopped in and asked my opinion about whether they should try to go legal. At that time, my advice was to build as much as they could as quickly as possible. Establish a market niche, a brand, a unique product. Develop your business skills for a regulated environment that will require bookkeeping and cost accounting. Figure out how to be efficient to prepare for massive price drops. There was a very small window for small owner-operators and no time to waste.

At this point, that door for new small businesses that can bootstrap themselves up slowly has more or less closed. Big, investor-subsidized weed corporations are flooding the market with below-cost product and the regulatory environment has become oppressive for anyone without big investor money. Getting through local approval can take years and cost your life savings before you even get to apply for the state licenses. Then you’re competing in a saturated market.

Starting Plant Humboldt from scratch today would be impossible. It would take years and hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is likely that a dynamite manufacturing facility could be permitted more quickly than a cannabis farm in many jurisdictions. Most of the cannabis pioneers in Humboldt took one look at the mountain of paperwork and massive expenses necessary to go legal — that no other agricultural sector is subject to — and didn’t even bother trying.

Despite all the dysfunction with California’s failed experiment in legalization, we’re still here and thriving. We’ve just expanded delivery to personal use growers in other parts of the state and we keep improving the nursery grounds. We even have swag now: shirts, hoodies and stickers, as well as this website. We’re on Mastodon and on Instagram.

We’re very much looking forward to being here for a while, improving all the time. We’re still experimenting and learning how to improve our home plant delivery program, so the 2024 season should see wider service for those who can’t make the trip to the nursery themselves.

Starting in 2024, look for some new seed lines we’re really excited about, not just for the plants, but for the stories that come with them. In the meantime, we’ll have plants through July 2023 and will likely be closed and sold out by the first week in August if not sooner. Come on in and experience a piece of Humboldt history.

By Mikal, nursery founder and owner. July 1, 2023

Huckleberry Hill Farms

Huckleberry Hill Farms started from John Casali’s single-family home between the two small communities of Briceland and Whitethorn in Southern Humboldt County. John grew up on this very piece of property with his mother and stepdad starting in 1968. He grew up learning to uphold the legacy that began with the Back to the Land Movement of the 60s and 70s, that it was utmost important to take care of the land and the environment in which they lived.

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John grew up following his mother around, growing cannabis, veggies, and tending an orchard from the age of 10. It was their way of life. Devastatingly, In 1992, Johnny was 24 years old, enforcement on the “war on drugs” was heavy, John and his best friend were caught by the feds for cultivating cannabis. Johnny served 17 years fighting for this magical healing plant. The time includes 4 years of court, 8 years of federal prison, followed by 5 years of probation.

Present day, Huckleberry Hill Farms was proud to be the fourth existing Farm in Humboldt County to be fully permitted, by the county as well as the state of California. Johnny now shares the farm with his loving girlfriend, Rose Moberly, and their family of farm animals. Their dog Luca, cat Ziggy, and of course their two sheep, Willie and Nelson. They love cultivating and navigating this new world of cannabis. The two strive to “make a difference” in people’s lives with their farm tours, community outreach, and advocacy to normalize the plant, and its people.

One of the most special parts about the cultivars they grow is that they like to honor those special people who came before them, like Johnny’s mother, Merlene, by growing, breeding, and protecting her cultivars from 45 years ago. Each of their cannabis varieties reflects Marlene’s original cultivar and in its natural and coveted environment, there is nothing quite like full-sun craft cannabis from the hills of Southern Humboldt.

As they have grown to include newer methods of growing throughout the years, their mission remains the same, to produce organic, sustainable cannabis true to their tradition and unique to their farm.

Sol Spirit Farm

Sol Spirit Farm is a small family owned and operated farm in Trinity County, CA, founded by Walter Wood and Judi Nelson. We are passionate environmentalists and self-sufficiency advocates. We grow our own food and cannabis, and practice permaculture, natural building and community organization. We love the sacred cannabis plant and want to help her spread healing and wisdom throughout the world.

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We feel very fortunate to be nurturing this special piece of land in the legendary “Emerald Triangle” of California. Our special microclimate allows us to grow outdoors in the full sun, with crystal clear water, and no chance of pesticide drift from neighbors. Very few farmers have this opportunity. This inspires us to take special care of our place, to ensure it can produce cannabis and other crops for many generations to come. We both were first introduced to cannabis during our time on tour with the Grateful Dead and spent many years traveling the US and other countries before settling down here on the Humboldt/ Trinity County line. We dealt with harassment from the authorities many times over the years and are so glad that times are changing and adults in California, and many other states, can grow and consume cannabis without fear of arrest and incarceration. It is a pleasure for us to be able to now welcome guests to our farm and show them all the ways we can all regenerate the land through responsible farming methods, and the choices we make every day.-Walter and Judi

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