Polykulture Cannayard – Los Angeles, CA
Lush, thick walls of cannabis tower over the duo behind PolyKulture Cannayard. Founded in 2015, they fell in love with the five-acre Mendocino property due to its amazing views and beautiful, peaceful energy. At a 2,500 foot elevation, the plants enjoy hot days and cool nights from ocean breezes.
Before starting PolyKulture Cannayard, the owners worked various industry jobs, including stints as budtenders in a busy Los Angeles dispensary. “Working in the dispensary, I never wondered, ‘Where does it come from?’ ‘How is it grown?’ ‘What am I putting it in my body?’” shares Co-owner and Founder Johanna Mortz. It wasn’t until moving up north and trying her hand at cultivation that she truly connected to the cannabis plant, and the pride that comes from thoughtful land stewardship. Walking through a garden of “all-female cannabis plants is very empowering, and lots of emotions come from being around them year-round,” she adds.
PolyKulture Cannayard uses organic, regenerative farming techniques to nourish seeds into full-bodied plants. Growing outdoors under full sun from seed means that each plant is unique. Strong-smelling herbs such as rosemary, lemon balm and mint invite beneficial insects into the garden to boost the small ecosystem’s pest immunity. Marigolds act as an important indicator plant; spider mites appear on the flowers first and can be properly dealt with before infecting neighboring cannabis. Favorite strains include Ogre Berry, Strawberry Kush, Orange Cookies and a CBD-heavy Harmony Rose.
Working with their cooperative, Emerald Grown, and distributor, Flow Kana, PolyKulture Cannayard is available at dispensaries throughout the state. Being part of a cannabis cooperative allows the group’s 40 artisan cannabis farms to share resources and strategies for regulation compliance. “Moving trimming and those things off-farm to commercially permitted buildings, as a small farm, is very challenging,” Johanna explains. “Having a centralized facility with Flow Kana is helpful. We’re a part of history right now—it’s really amazing.”