Full Moon Farms

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Full Moon Farms – Humboldt, CA

Californian paradise Full Moon Farms spans 220 acres in Humboldt County. Northern Berry and Suzy Q are among the 22 organic strains bursting out of their greenhouses and sun beds. The farm crafts new and throwback strains of small-batch cannabis. The Full Moon motto? “Never go for the gusto.” Minimalistic in growth and livelihood, farm helpers pitch tents and camp among cabins; kids and dogs are welcome as bonfires blaze, inspiring shared music and food. “This is a family farm,” declares Nik Erickson, Full Moon owner and grower. Great cannabis has always come from legendary Humboldt.

Full Moon Farms - Humboldt, CA
Full Moon Farms – Humboldt, CA

Cannabis has been a constant in Nik’s life. “My earliest memory is traumatic,” he reveals. “When I was three years old, my dad got raided. My swing set was in his plants; I could kick my feet into fan leaves.” The police tossed the house and arrested Nik’s father for six personal plants. Nik began to plant cannabis at age 14, and though he’s had other jobs since, he always returns to grow—even living through the “helicopter era” of raids, when illegal grows were spotted via helicopters and airplanes.

Full Moon Farms - Humboldt, CA
Full Moon Farms – Humboldt, CA

Everyone maintains focus at Full Moon, training younger family members optimal skills cultivated over years. “The local farmers up here are in touch with the plants and land,” Nik describes. “They know what elevations to grow [at]—we have many different microclimates here.” Nik’s mother tends to natural pest management, which is focused around companion planting. “Small farmers give each plant individual care,” he adds. “They recognize issues with each plant, [and] tend to them as needed.” The farm uses long fiber cocoa and biochar to retain water in soil, hoping to offset the environmental damage caused by The Green Rush.

Full Moon Farms - Humboldt, CA
Full Moon Farms – Humboldt, CA

Ashleigh Castro

Ashleigh Castro is a New York seed grown in the California sunshine. A photographer by nature, she developed while capturing peace rallies in San Francisco and snapping shots of musicians. She started at DOPE taking photos for DOPE Magazine as it launched in Northern California in 2015. Aesthetically, her favorite medium to shoot in is film such as 35mm and medium format. Since she studied journalism, she put her DOPEn to the paper and started writing stories about healing family through cannabis, sustainably sourced edibles and consciously created local products. Having developed obscure food allergies caused by histamine intolerance, she applies cannabis to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, inflammation and the anxieties surrounding food intolerance. Now managing the NorCal office as well as the area’s content, you can find her on the scene with the DOPE squad or roller skating in the Bay Area’s scenic spots. Her greatest joy working at DOPE is being able to help found a Dream Team of talent and style.

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