Fiddle Farms is our homestead market farm where we grow fresh vegetables, flowers and cannabis located on the banks of the Hood River.
We are “Jazzed” on winning the 2018 Cultivation Classic for Type 1 (THC) / Outdoor & Greenhouse No Supplemental Light. Check out: http://www.wweek.com/cannabis/2018/05/13/announcing-the-winners-of-cultivation-classic-2018/
All too often, home growers new to cannabis will simply buy a clone from a dispensary in the Spring and immediately plant it outside. Unfortunately, that will stress the plant and initiate a flower cycle prematurely. This is because novice growers don’t know about photoperiodism. You will either end up with a very small flowering plant or a light-stressed plant that pre-flowers, reverts back to a vegetative state and doesn’t grow well during the season.
Fiddle Farm’s cannabis connoisseurs have high standards. They not only want their cannabis free from chemicals and synthetic amendments, but they want it produced sustainably and humanely. Our cannabis is not only grown organically, but it’s also cruelty-free. We say “no” to using anonymous animal-derived materials such as commercially-produced fish emulsion, feather, bone, blood meal and bat guano.
Welcome to Fiddle Farms !
We’re an outdoor micro-grow crafting superior, small-batch marijuana for today’s cannabis connoisseur. Farmed on the banks of Hood River in a luscious food forest, our sun and soil grown cannabis crops are tended by earthy farm fairies and thrive on fresh snow melt and enriched native soils. Both a high tunnel and a light deprivation system produce multiple soil-grown harvests throughout the season with a minimal carbon footprint.
We are proud of the cruelty-free, earth-friendly philosophy that guides our vegan practices. Fiddle Farms flowers produces a full cerebral experience: fresh, aromatic buds, delightfully smooth smoke and a deep satisfying high – a high you can feel great about!
We not only grow superior cannabis, we also grow a variety of vegetables and flowers (the other kind), have livestock (Goats, chickens and Ducks) and Bees. It’s a complete farm eco-system.
This year at the farm I’m taking fertility of the cannabinitas into my own hands. I am striving to leave behind bottled fertilizers and replace them with my homemade goodies! Less plastic waste, fossil fuel emissions, and mystery around what my ladies uptake. After a recent side by side test I am more than happy with the results of my ferments. The only hurdle left to overcome is making production more efficient. I will pass on a few techniques and recipes I am using at the farm along to you.
Fermented Plant Juices (FPJ)
FPJ is a way to make liquid plant food out of ordinary/extraordinary plants that are all around us! It has been used by those who farm using a Korean Natural Farming approach and many others like myself who enjoy mixing and matching the styles and practices that have been passed down since farming began. Last year I began exploring this technique and have really made it part of my flow this year.
The leaves rustle in the wind, the gold and fire-red hues dance around and dazzle us before falling back to Earth, oh so delicately. Attention shifts from swimming and sun tanning to drinking mugs of hot tea after a day searching for the perfect carving pumpkin. Yes, this is the glorious season of Autumn. To the surprise of many, it’s also one of the most important times of year for the garden! If we are to manage the land (and our time) strategically, we must capture the benefits of rain and cold and time so we can work less during the rest of the year.
Permaculture: the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be
sustainable and self-sufficient.
I’d like to start out with a bit about myself for context: I’m young woman just beginning her lifelong path in food production. Most of my training in agriculture has been through WWOOFing and interning on permaculture farms, so in a sense, it’s mostly all I know. When I began to work on more conventional organic farms it was shocking for me to see how hard people were working just to keep things alive, when I’d previously seen beautiful, food producing systems largely maintaining themselves. This juxtaposition is where the importance of permaculture really hit me. Working with whole systems inspired me so much I decided to devote my entire life to them. Treating nature like a machine that could be broken down into separate parts, analyzed, and “fixed”, had the opposite effect. This drastic contrast between farming methods inspired an obsessive quest to answer this nagging question: “why do most people plant this way?” Continue reading
When creating the Kingdom of Kush I knew that I wouldn’t feel okay growing a monoculture of cannabis. I would be fighting back the volunteers of previous growing seasons and forced to cover Earth with a weed barrier. I decided to create a beneficial polyculture using an insectary, living mulch, and choice volunteers. This is my first experience with living mulches so I am excited to see the results and learn how to manage my polyculture with ease and grace. Continue reading