East Wind Cannabis
Sometimes you meet someone whose energy is so tangible you cannot help but be swept away in their excitement. My new friend, Geno O’Neil of East Wind Cannabis, is one such fellow. “I’ve read every book ever written on growing cannabis,” he tells me, “but without people letting you in, to actually teach you hands-on, you get lost. I’ve been blessed to have been taught by the masters.” Located in the beautiful Colton area of the Columbia River Gorge, East Wind sits on the SW-facing side of a steep slope overlooking Mt. Hood. It is simply one of the most beautiful locations I’ve ever visited thus far on a DOPE Magazine assignment.
My first view of this freshly OLCC-licensed Tier II farm was their outdoor grow, around 350 plants (with six strain varietals) dancing playfully in the wind. Overlooking the outdoor grow is a two-story, 5000-square-foot barn, converted into a full, state-of-the-art indoor grow, as well as a full CO2 extraction lab, which allows East Wind to offer a full line of concentrates.
East Wind won a DOPE Cup in 2016 for Best CBD Medical and Best CBD Concentrate Runner Up, and saw similar success at the recent Cannabis Classic with their CBD-dominate flower, Critical Mass—a personal favorite of mine. East Wind Cannabis has been blessed with a winning grow, but they have yet to rest on their laurels; they are constantly tweaking grow tactics in response to the plants’ needs. Their genetics are supplied by Oregon Green Seed, which specializes in light-sensitive strains specifically bred for our cloudy Oregon climate. Geno’s outdoor grow looked like it was in the fourth week of flower, while my personal grow is barely showing the first signs of life! I know who I’ll be hitting up next February for seeds. East Wind exclusively uses Nectar of the Gods’ nutrient line and soil products—both indoor and out—to ensure all-organic growing solutions.
With one other full-time employee, as well as a dedicated family of cannabis trimmers and one very excited father (my new friend, Geno), East Wind Cannabis is putting in the hard work and dedication to “doing it right.”
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