Lazy Bee Gardens, Stewards and Pioneers
The People & The Place
Lazy Bee Gardens is an outdoor-only, Tier III grow, located in Winthrop, Washington. As a permaculture farm, the garden is free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and everything—from the bacteria in the soil, to the crops themselves—is cared for as one symbiotic ecosystem.
Founder, Matthew Bernhard has clear intentions. “The whole world is watching this brand new industry. This is a huge opportunity, but with it comes a huge responsibility for us to act as stewards of the land and show people that you can do this sustainably.”
Bernhard started growing cannabis eight years ago, after his father was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Desperate to help, he researched Rick Simpson Oil—a cannabis-based cancer treatment—and began making it for his father. “I’d grow a crop, cook it into oil, and set my pops up for the year with medicine. He didn’t do chemo or any of the pills they wanted to keep him on. Now, here we are, seven years later—he goes in for a checkup once a year, and they tell him, ‘You’re fine.’ That’s what ignited my passion.”
“This is a huge opportunity, but with it comes a huge responsibility for us to act as stewards of the land and show people that you can do this sustainably.”
– Matthew Bernhard, Founder
Bernhard delved into the gardening itself, studying permaculture, and how to work with the environment. Encouraged by his parents, he and his good friend, Peter Dixon, a long-time cannabis breeder, built up the operation, and entered the recreational scene, offering flower, house-made rosin, and wax and sugar crumble that they have processed by Bodhi High in Spokane Valley, WA.
Lazy Bee Garden’s holistic approach extends to their packaging, with a full terpene profile printed on each label, customers can make informed decisions based on more than just THC content. Their staple strains are Powder Hound, Wifi O.G., Jack of Spades, Strawberry Diesel, Blueberry Mr. Nice, Romulan, Pineapple Express, Purple Trainwreck, and Blue Dream. They also grow smaller batches of Peter Dixon’s Methow Mist, Guerrilla Gold and Double Bubble Berry.
Lazy Bee prides itself on its tasty, sun-grown ‘sinsemilla’—which, by the way, is the female cannabis plant, kept unpollinated to increase potency.