Solar+Earth was based in 2019 by hashish business leaders, specialists, and advocates with a typical dedication to regenerative natural agriculture, farmer and farmworker protections, and neighborhood engagement. At the moment, there are greater than 70 Solar+Earth Licensed hashish farms and producers within the States of California, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington, and now in British Columbia, Canada. To be taught extra about Solar+Earth Licensed, go to: www.sunandearth.org.
“We selected to pursue Solar+Earth certification as a result of we imagine it’s important to make use of each natural and regenerative practices in our stewardship of the land, and whereas we develop for our neighborhood,” stated Sea Canine Farm co-owner Katy Connelly. “The Solar+Earth seal will assist our clients establish merchandise that have been grown utilizing strategies that assist to sequester carbon and construct wholesome soil and don’t use fossil fuels or petroleum-based chemical fertilizers,” continued Connelly. “As extra shoppers turn out to be conscious of the devastating influence indoor hashish has on our planet, we hope they’ll select moral and sustainable merchandise.”
Hashish licensed by Solar+Earth should be sungrown and cultivated on farms that strengthen habitats and construct dwelling soil. No chemical fertilizers or poisonous pesticides are used to develop hashish licensed by Solar+Earth, whose requirements transcend each the USDA Natural and Canada Natural Regime. These rigorous requirements encourage the planting of hashish alongside meals crops, and the strategic use of canopy crops, composting, and diminished soil tillage. Such practices assist sequester carbon from the ambiance, additional decreasing a farm’s carbon footprint.
Natural hashish ranks excessive amongst shoppers who think about their well being and safety of the setting as high priorities. In accordance with an online poll carried out by Hill+Knowlton Methods in 2017, organically grown and processed hashish was necessary to a majority (57 %) of Canadian medical shoppers and practically half (43 %) of leisure shoppers. However, though Canada has a federal natural certification for meals, private care merchandise, and textiles, hashish merchandise are excluded from its scope, and can’t be licensed beneath the Canada Natural Regime nor bear the “Canada Natural” brand. This panorama compels producers like Sea Canine Farm to hunt out third-party natural certifications like Solar+Earth as a way to meet client preferences.
“Solar+Earth strives to certify farms wherever hashish may be grown beneath the solar, within the earth, and with out poisonous chemical inputs,” stated Solar+Earth Licensed director Andrew Black. “Sea Canine Farm is the primary Solar+Earth Licensed hashish farm in Canada, however hopefully not the final,” continued Black. “Solar+Earth goals to level the hashish business—throughout borders—in a cleaner, more healthy, and extra moral path, and supply wanted help for struggling small-scale farmers in our regenerative natural neighborhood.”
Canada legalized hashish for leisure use in 2016. Though hashish is regulated on the federal degree, its distribution and sale is regulated provincially. Till final yr, licensed hashish cultivators in British Columbia couldn’t promote their merchandise on to retailers. In August, nonetheless, the BC Liquor Distribution Department (BCLDB), which regulates the distribution and sale of hashish for the province, launched the Direct Delivery Program, permitting small-scale growers and processors to promote on to independently licensed stores.
The Direct Supply Program assists small-scale farmers by eradicating the BCLDB from the distribution equation, permitting for higher transparency and a way to get their merchandise to shoppers extra rapidly. Beginning at the moment, pre-rolled hashish from Sea Canine Farm’s 2022 harvest is offered for direct supply from Western Extraction on Vancouver Island to impartial hashish retailers all through BC.
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