MAGGIE’S FARM: BEST BUDS UNDER THE SUN
Mother Knows Best
“Seems you can't outsmart Mother Nature.” - Mark Hyman
In attempts to recreate elements nature already has dialed in and perfected eons ago, Maggie’s Farm harvests only one outdoor crop each year. Our flower is grown with an intention to cooperate with Nature, not compete against her.
Maggie’s Farm produces superior flower – for a difference you can actually taste and feel. Our dedicated and talented team takes enormous pride in cultivating our flower. We are managed by Mother Nature. She is the boss, and you can’t outsmart her. So, we trust she knows what she’s doing.
Read on to learn more about how Mother Nature enables Maggie’s Farm to yield the highest-quality, organic flower and provide YOU with the best buds under the sun.
Wonders Of The Seed
“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed... Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” - Henry David Thoreau
IT ALL STARTS WITH A SEED
At Maggie’s Farm, we always start with a seed ⎯ Mother Nature’s preferred choice for reproduction. You see, cannabis is an annual crop in nature ⎯ one that is reborn every spring through seed germination. Seeds are a fresh, genetic representation that have not been through seasons of abuse or replication. The seed state ensures that each strain remains precisely as it is supposed to be and maintains its distinguishing characteristics ⎯ type of high, scent, taste.
Carefully-bred, seed-grown plants can exhibit something called “genetic vigor” or virility, a phenomenon where plants actually excel beyond expectations and sustain greater strength and better health than their cloned counterparts. We work diligently to ensure that genetics are not weakened through inbreeding and focus on reproducing your favorite genetics. So, you can rest assured that you will receive consistent quality, time and again, when shopping with Maggie’s Farm.
Healthy, Living Soil
“Soil is a living ecosystem, and is a farmer's most precious asset. A farmer's productive capacity is directly related to the health of his or her soil.” - Howard Warren Buffett
Just like in nature, Maggie’s Farm grows in live soil. Not in water. Not in air. Not in rockwool. Not in sterile peat moss or coco. Only in living, organic soil. Maggie’s founder and expert grower, who comes from a lineage of successful farmers, worked laboriously with cannabis in the Rocky Mountain region for nearly 4 decades until he got the Maggie’s Farm custom-blended, 100% organic soil recipe just right.
Sometimes referred to as true living organics, live soil is teeming with beneficial bacteria, fungi, archaea, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms that break down organic matter to make nutrients available for plant roots. Picture a subterranean microcosm of diverse organisms creating symbiotic exchanges of energy to assist in generating and delivering the energy needed for healthy plants to grow ⎯ a beautifully choreographed dance of nature. This organic energy lends to growth stimulation and root disease prevention.
One of the ways that we ensure our soil quality is through applications of compost tea. Compost tea is not a plant food, but a rich, aerobic, biological inoculum for the soil. By ensuring that we have rich biodiversity, we know that all nutrients can be cycled into the plant, and we outcompete microbial pathogens. This prevents the necessity of the use of undesirable fungicides or soil treatments. In fact, as time goes by this ever-growing diversity in the soil food web means that year-by-year we are sequestering more carbon. Our agricultural practices are regenerative! Essentially, we are converting undeveloped farmland — land that is located in optimal micro-climates — into fertile, terrestrial paradise. Now that’s dank!
THE BEST SOIL = THE BEST PRODUCT
None of the harsh chemical compounds sometimes associated with manufactured soil, coupled with the optimum airflow and water retention of organic soil, results in a smoother and tastier bud for our customers. Not unlike whiskey or wine, soil, when kept alive and healthy, gets better with age. So, it logically follows: the best soil equals the best plants equals the best final product delivered to you.
Pesticide- and Hormone-Free
“How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” – Dr. Jane Goodall
BALANCED WEB OF OUTDOOR LIFE
Growing outdoors means that Maggie's does not have nearly the degree of pest issues that indoor grows have. Colorado's arid climate does not allow for many bugs, but sometimes pests do make an appearance on the farm. And since they are not confined to an indoor environment, insect-eating predators also make an appearance; thereby mitigating potential pest-related damage to our plants. It's all part of the life cycle of a balanced web of life.
Maggie’s Farm uses only organic fertilizers to improve the quality and diversity of life in the soil we use. We strive to treat our customers and Mother Earth with the same love and kindness they have shown us. And that means no poisonous pesticides and hormones…EVER. That’s just not natural. Nuff said.
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” - Loren Eiseley
Ok, so our water isn’t magical. But it is sourced from our own springs on the farm, which provide water that is free of the contaminants often found in tap water, such as chlorine, fluoride, copper and other metals leaching from pipes. We don’t use distilled water. That’s too acidic. We don’t use alkaline water. That’s too alkaline. Our spring water is just right ⎯ naturally maintaining a healthy pH balance that is optimum for growing cannabis.
Sunshine Is Delicious...
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” - John Ruskin
…HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM IS NOT
What can be grown without the blessings of the sun? Quite a bit lately. The use of high pressure sodium (HPS) lights, ceramic metal halide (CMH) lights and LED lights goes on unabated at a feverish pace for indoor grow operations. Indoor plants often go from 18 hours of light exposure in an industrial nursery to a flower room where they are forced (in just one day) to adjust to an instant 33% reduction in light.
But that is not how Mother Nature does it. Sunshine is delicious, and there is no substitute for natural sunlight. Maggie’s Farm grows outdoors, where a plant’s light exposure period changes gradually and naturally over the course of several months. The color and intensity of the sun changes each day and throughout the seasons. These intricacies of nature cannot be replicated indoors. The days shorten. The temperature drops a little. The plant gathers all of this information and has time to comply with these various, natural changes. And, so begins the transition to flower.
REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT
The voracious energy consumption of indoor and greenhouse grow operations conflicts with the numerous local and state initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases. Because Maggie’s Farm relies solely on the power of natural sunlight and airflow, we can confidently claim our commitment to maintaining a minimal carbon footprint. Mother Nature has been very good to us, and we want to be just as good to her.
We encourage you to shed some light on how your current buds are being grown and educate yourself. If you find they are grown under artificial light, there is an alternative. We use the wonders of the sun to grow the best buds under the sun and brighten your day.
Perfected By The Hands Of Time...
“Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hands of time.” - Voltaire
CURED TO PERFECTION
An important aspect of growing top-quality, organically-grown flower is the curing process. In the fast-paced world of indoor, industrially-produced grow operations, it can literally be just days between harvesting, drying and being place on a shelf for sale. Not here at Maggie’s Farm. Drying is what you do to your clothes. We understand that proper curing is a crucial component of producing the best buds under the sun.
Keeping freshly-harvested cannabis in optimal temperature and humidity levels enables the conversion of non-psychoactive cannabinoids to THC to continue and increases the potency of the buds. However, quick drying under warm, dry conditions halts this process much faster. We carefully monitor the curing process to ensure that things are done right. We don’t spend the whole year growing out one crop only to turn our backs on it at this final and equally important stage of producing top-shelf flower.
Similar to how the cannabinoids develop, our curing process allows simple, early-stage aromatic compounds to develop into more complex aromatic compounds. If a product is flash-dried, these compounds will never have time to develop. A slow cure at low temperatures, like the process we use at Maggie’s Farm, will preserve these terpenes more efficiently and effectively than a quick, hot cannabis-drying process.
Synthetic nutrient-grown plants that have nutrients forced into their tissue require enzymes and aerobic bacteria to break down leftover minerals and the undesirable sugars produced by the decomposition of chlorophyll during the drying process. The presence of these leftover sugars and minerals is what causes the harsh, throat-burning sensation you get from smoking cannabis that is not properly cured. Organic plants, like those cultivated at Maggie's Farm, don't have to "flush" leftover sugars or minerals because they are sequestered in the living biomass of the soil food web. There is literally nothing to flush. Starting to understand why Maggie’s Farm products deliver a difference you can taste AND feel?
...And The Hands Of Carefully-Trained Trim Artists
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” - Francis of Assisi
RESPECT THE BUD
Only after our flower is fully cured, does the trimming process begin. Real people ⎯ artists, if you will ⎯ not a machine, trim Maggie’s buds with the care and respect they deserve. Our carefully-trained trim artists carefully remove what you don’t need, leaving undisturbed what you value most in premium cannabis.
SAVE THE TRICHOMES
Grow factories produce huge amounts of product and consequently throw their wet-harvested crop immediately into a “trimming machine”. Wet fragile flower, tumbles, falls, and spins around repeatedly, removing not just the fans leaves, but also some of the most important components of premium bud: the trichomes ⎯ an essential component of potency and premium bud. We think it is counterproductive to destroy the precious trichomes that proper curing over many months created. That’s why Maggie’s Farm does NOT use trim machines. We only hand trim.
SEE FOR YOURSELF
At Maggie’s Farm, we keep lighted magnifying viewers right on the counter, so you can easily see the difference proper curing and hand trimming makes in the final product. Be sure to visit any one of our convenient southern Colorado locations and take a look for yourself.
Why Should You Care?
More and more cannabis consumers demand high-quality products that are not harmful to their health. No different than the strict standards required for organic designation of foods and health and beauty products, increasingly discerning consumers appreciate these same standards being applied to the cannabis products they ingest.
Maggie’s Farm works hard to produce the highest-quality flower ⎯ flower that delivers quality taste and feel. And we work equally as hard to deliver organically-grown products. That is why we have actively sought and received Clean Green™ certification for the past 6 years ⎯ to show our customers that we are accountable for and committed to doing what is best for them AND the environment.
Currently, there are only 3 Clean Green™ certified cannabis companies in the state of Colorado. Maggie’s Farm was the very first of these to be certified and remains the only outdoor operation to hold the certification. We truly live up to the claims of the certification, and we soil and water test consistently to verify this. Not only is there no non-organic pesticide use, but all of the nutrients are organic as well.
So, why should you care? Because what you put in your body matters. Your consumption choices can contribute to or detract from your quality of life. And while we cannot claim health benefits associated with cannabis, we can say that the exacting standards and diligent attention to detail associated with our organic cultivation process produce a superior product that tastes and feels different than the others.