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Joe Knows – Soil Management

By | Consulting, Media

Joe Moran of 1 Degree Consulting talks about the importance of a Soil Management Plan on this week’s episode of Joe Knows. Tune into the Humboldt Green YouTube channel each week for industry news and information.

Joe Knows Soil Management – 1 Degree Consulting

Joe knows soil! Managing your soil is a huge component of growing cannabis. It’s important to test your soil and water, not just for a healthy yield, but you want to be able to past testing and get your product into the hands of consumers. There are two soil models in cannabis farming, managing native soils and importing soil to your farm. There are some negatives and benefits for each model.

When you import soil there are a lot of costs you have to consider. The purchase costs, freight, delivery, soil storage and above ground irrigation. The positives are that you don’t need a huge nutrient regime because the soil comes loaded with food. Water storage, diversion and reporting of water usage are some of the bigger elements to importing soil. Above ground containers can also use a lot of water.

Benefits of using native soil and having plants in the ground is that you save on purchasing and labor costs, plus there’s already a water source in the ground. The water retention value for native soil is greater than farming in a container. The native soil already has minerals and nutrients, but the important thing is that you want to get it tested because you might have deficiencies or too much of one property.

Farmers can consider both models, but you need a soil management program for farm to be successful. If you’re going after your County permit, you need an Operating Plan, Soil Management Plan and a Site Management Plan for your waterboard enrollment. The team at 1 Degree Consulting can help you write the plans that are needed for compliancy.

Seasonal year-round planning is important when it comes to soil management, whether you’re doing it during the growing season or during the wintertime. The Soil Scientists at Dirty Business Soil inside of Northcoast Horticulture Supply, can test your soil, water and plant tissue and create a custom Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) based on analytical results. NHS can then create a custom soil and amendment blend based on your NMP and offer Farm-Direct pricing on all of your supply needs.

Maintaining Your Legal Cultivation Status In Humboldt County

By | Consulting, Government

The following letter was made available by the Cannabis Services Division in Humboldt and sent on Thursday, February 28th.

“Dear Cannabis Annual and Interim Permit Holders,

Humboldt County is dedicated to helping you succeed in the legal California cannabis market and we need to share important information with you. As of January 1, 2019, temporary state licenses for commercial cannabis cultivation are no longer available from CalCannabis. To continue to hold a license to legally cultivate this season, you will be required to obtain either an annual or provisional state license once your temporary license expires. In order to be in a position to obtain an annual or provisional license it is imperative that you have either a Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement (LSA) or an Operation of Law letter from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). If you have not yet submitted a complete LSA notification to CDFW please do so immediately.

It is also critical that you respond to any request for information from CalCannabis in a short period of time to ensure that your application does not suffer unnecessary delays that could threaten your ability to legally cultivate cannabis in Humboldt County. If your temporary license expires and you do not obtain an annual or provisional license, you are no longer legally allowed to cultivate cannabis in Humboldt County even if your Humboldt County permit is valid.”

To learn more about how to submit a Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement or an Operation of Law letter from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, please visit the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

1 Degree Consulting can help you with your LSA or CDF. Call our office at 707-890-6600 so that we can help get you on the road to compliancy.

Joe Knows – Local Permitting & State Licensing Update for 2019

By | Consulting, Education

Cultivators need a local and state license to operate and have plants in the ground. Joe Moran of 1 Degree Consulting talks about extension of interim local permits, state licensing and the track and trace system. If you are a cultivator and do not have your local permit or state license you could be part of the spring gap and not be able to put plants in the ground until all of your paperwork is lined up.

Contact 1 Degree Consulting so that we can get your farm on track to compliancy and get you closer to harvesting the fruits of your labor. Call the 1 Degree Consulting office to make a Phase Zero Discovery Meeting appointment at 707.890.6600.

Joe Knows – Cannabis Events

By | Consulting

Joe Knows cannabis events! On this week’s episode of Joe Knows, Joe Moran of 1 Degree Consulting talks about the approval of Assembly Bill 2020 which allows for temporary cannabis events to be held at public or private venues in California upon approval of local jurisdiction. This is HUGE news for Humboldt Green Events to be able to bring back Cannifest to Humboldt in 2019. Joining Joe this week is a very special guest, Steve Gieder. Tune in each week on Facebook and Instagram @1DegreeConsulting for Joe Knows segments about the cannabis community and industry. #YesWeCann 

Joe Knows – New or Existing Commercial Cannabis Applications

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Joe Moran of 1 Degree Consulting talks about the second version of the Humboldt County Commercial Cannabis Land Use Ordinance on this week’s episode of Joe Knows and how applications are still open and folks can apply. Contact 1 Degree Consulting at 707.890.6600 or email us at 1D@GoHumboldtGreen.com for more information about new cannabis applications and how we can help you on the pathway to compliancy.

Joe Knows – Fire Prevention & Protection For Cannabis Farms

By | Consulting

California has seen some of the worst wild land fires in history this year. On this week’s segment of Joe Knows, Joe Moran of 1 Degree Consulting talks about fire safety challenges cannabis farms face and the steps that should be taken to protect your business investment.

Many farms are located up in the hills and susceptible to wild land fires. It’s extremely important to have 100 feet of defensible space around your crop and structures.  You want to make sure to have fire protection water storage tanks on site with a capacity of at least 2,500 gallons clearly marked as fire water. We recommend to contact Northcoast Horticulture Supply for water tank storage. Storing water on your farm can make all the difference when there’s a raging wild land fire and rescue teams can’t make it out to your property.

For cannabis farms located way out in the hills, it is important to register your address with Humboldt Alert so that you can be notified of any fire evacuations in your area and also to have your address on file with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office and CalFire so that they can find and rescue you if there should be a safety incident.

If your property is in a State Responsibility Areas (SRA) Fire Safety zone which means CalFire would respond to your emergency, you must adhere to SRA Regulations including availability for emergency vehicle access, signing and building numbering, private water supply reserves for emergency fire use and vegetation modification.

For more information about fire prevention and protection for cannabis farms, contact the 1 Degree Consulting office at 707.890.6600. We’re happy to set up a meeting to discuss fire safety and other ways we can help your cannabis business.

 

Joe Knows –

By | Consulting

What is the RRR Program and why is it important to you as a Cannabis Farmer? On this week’s episode of Joe Knows, Joe Moran of 1 Degree Consulting talks about the RRR Program within the Humboldt County Commercial Cannabis Land Use Ordinance which allows for an existing cultivation site to be Retired, Remediated and Relocated to a different qualifying parcel. For more information about the different options you have and how we can help, call the 1 Degree Consulting office at 707.890.6600.

Joe Knows Cannabis Consulting

Joe Knows – County Permits & State Licensing

By | Consulting

This week’s topic for Joe Knows, Joe Moran General Manager of 1 Degree Consulting empowered by Humboldt Green discusses the importance of finishing your local permit and your temporary annual license. Interim Humboldt County Permits are set to expire on September 30th. The problem with the expiration date is that some Farmers are not going to be done harvesting by then. You MUST be active in your application process and show that your paperwork is in motion. Some folks need to follow up with road evaluation reports, biology surveys, security plans and other types of reports. The 1 Degree Consulting team can help you complete all of the necessary paperwork and help secure your final County permit. State temporary licenses are also set to expire soon. It helps to streamline things if you’ve got everything in order for your County permit first and then you can ease on into your State Annual License. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. The 1 Degree Consulting team can help you get there! Don’t let your temp applications fall by the wayside during harvest season. Give the 1 Degree Consulting office a call at 707.890.6600.

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Joe Knows – Abatement Letters

By | Consulting

This week’s topic for Joe Knows, Joe Moran General Manager of 1 Degree Consulting empowered by Humboldt Green discusses the Abatement Letters that were sent out by the County of Humboldt to landowners. The notices order the recipients to correct or remedy violations within 10 calendar days or risk fines of $10,000 per day. Many of the notices are based upon images of greenhouses with the assumption that cannabis cultivation is occurring. You have the right to challenge these assumptions. If you feel you received an Abatement Letter in error, the 1 Degree Consulting team can help you challenge the County. Give the 1 Degree Consulting team a call at 707.890.6600.