As cannabis becomes more widespread and better studied, consumers are starting to demand higher-quality products that are safe, natural, and sustainable.
Maggie’s Farm works hard to produce organically grown flower that delivers superior taste and feel. That’s why we have actively sought and received Clean Green® certification for the past eight years — to show our customers that we are accountable for and committed to doing what’s best for them AND the environment.
Currently, there are only three Clean Green Certified® cannabis companies in the state of Colorado. Maggie’s Farm was the very first and remains the only outdoor operation to hold the certification. We truly live up to the rigor of this certification, and we test our soil and water consistently to prove it.
So why should you care? Because what you put in your body matters. Your consumption choices directly impact your quality of life. And while we can’t claim any health benefits associated with cannabis, we can say without a doubt that the exacting standards of our organic cultivation process produce an exquisite product that tastes and feels different than the others — every time.
“Seems you can’t outsmart Mother Nature.” -Mark Hyman
Our commitment is to cooperate with nature, not compete against her. Our dedicated team takes enormous pride in cultivating our flower in sync with the process Mother Nature has already perfected. That’s why Maggie’s Farm only harvests one outdoor crop each year, using and sustaining the bountiful resources nature has made available.
Read on to learn more about how Mother Nature enables Maggie’s Farm to produce the highest-quality organic flower and provide you with the best buds under the sun.
“Soil is a living ecosystem, and is a farmer’s most precious asset. A farmer’s productive capacity is directly related to the health of his or her soil.” -Howard Warren Buffett
Just like Mother Nature, we grow our cannabis in live soil. Not in water. Not in air. Not in rockwool. Only in living, organic soil. Maggie’s founder and expert grower, who comes from a long line of organic farmers, worked laboriously with cannabis in the Rocky Mountain region for nearly four decades until he got the Maggie’s Farm custom-blended, 100% organic soil recipe just right.
Sometimes referred to as true living organics, live soil is teeming with beneficial bacteria, fungi, archaea, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms that break down organic matter to make nutrients available for plant roots. Picture a subterranean microcosm of diverse organisms creating symbiotic exchanges of energy to help our plants to grow. This organic energy leads to growth stimulation and root disease prevention that other methods just can’t match.
One of the ways we promote our soil quality is through an infusion of microbial teas. Microbial tea is not a plant food, but a rich, aerobic, biological inoculum for the soil. By ensuring robust biodiversity, we guarantee that all nutrients can be cycled into the plant (and we outcompete microbial pathogens, eliminating the need for undesirable fungicides or soil treatments). As time goes on, this ever-growing diversity in the soil food web means that we are sequestering more and more carbon every year. Our agricultural practices are actually regenerative! Essentially, we are converting undeveloped farmland — land that’s located in optimal micro-climates — into a fertile paradise!
With a thriving biome, optimum airflow and water retention, and none of the harsh chemicals associated with manufactured soil, our custom soil blend simply can’t be beat. What’s the mean for you? Well, the best soil equals the best plants, which equals the best final product in your hands. And not unlike whiskey or wine, soil (when kept alive and healthy) gets better with age, so Maggie’s Farm’s award-winning marijuana will only improve in the years to come.
“How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” -Dr. Jane Goodall
Growing outdoors means that Maggie’s Farm has far fewer pest issues than indoor grows. Colorado’s arid climate doesn’t allow for many bugs, but sometimes pests do make an appearance on the farm. Fortunately, since they’re not confined to an indoor environment, insect-eating predators like dragonflies, ladybugs, and mantids also show up. It’s all part of the balanced web of life that nature has perfected for us.
Maggie’s Farm uses only organic fertilizers to improve the quality and diversity of life in the soil we use. We strive to treat our customers and our planet with the same love and kindness they’ve shown us. And that means no poisonous pesticides and hormones… EVER.
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” -Loren Eiseley
Okay, so our water isn’t magical. But it is from 100% natural sources, free of the contaminants often found in tap water, such as chlorine, fluoride, copper, and other metals leaching from pipes. Our spring water is just right, naturally maintaining the perfect pH balance for growing cannabis.
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” -John Ruskin
What can be grown without the blessings of the sun? Quite a bit lately. The use of high pressure sodium (HPS) lights, ceramic metal halide (CMH) lights, and LED lights has become the norm for indoor grow operations.
But that’s not how Mother Nature rolls. Sunshine is delicious, and it exposes our plants to the entire light spectrum. There’s simply no substitute for natural sunlight. Maggie’s Farm grows outdoors, where a plant’s light exposure period changes gradually and naturally over the course of several months. The color and intensity of the sun changes each day and throughout the seasons. The days shorten. The temperature drops a little. The plant gathers all of this information and has time to comply with these various natural changes. And so begins the transition to a strong, vibrant, natural flower.
With their complicated lighting and feeding systems, indoor and greenhouse grow operations consume massive amounts of energy, releasing dangerous greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Because Maggie’s Farm relies on the power of natural sunlight and airflow, we can easily fulfil our commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint. Mother Nature has been unfailingly good to us, and we want to be just as good to her.
We encourage you to shed some light on how your current buds are being grown. If you find they’re grown under artificial light, there’s an alternative. We use the wonders of nature to grow the best buds under the sun — literally.
“Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hands of time.” -Voltaire
An important aspect of cultivating top-quality, organically grown flower is the curing process. In the fast-paced world of indoor, industrial grow operations, plants can go from harvest to sale in mere days. Not here at Maggie’s Farm. We understand that the best buds require proper, patient curing.
Keeping freshly harvested cannabis at optimal temperature and humidity levels promotes the conversion of non-psychoactive cannabinoids to THC, increasing the potency of the buds. We carefully monitor the curing process from start to finish to ensure that things are done right. We don’t spend the whole year growing a single crop only to turn our backs on it at this final and vital stage!
Our curing process also allows simple, early-stage aromatic compounds to develop in complexity. Maggie’s low-temp slow-cure process is the most effective at preserving these indispensable terpenes. Learn more about why terpenes are so important.
You know that harsh, throat-burning sensation you get from some cannabis? That’s caused by the leftover minerals produced when drying synthetic nutrient-infused plants.
Organic plants, like those cultivated at Maggie’s Farm, don’t have to “flush” those leftover minerals, because they’re sequestered in the living biomass of the soil food web. We haven’t used any synthetic fertilizers to force unnecessary compounds into the plants, so they’ve only absorbed and metabolized the nutrients they need from the soil. There’s literally nothing to flush, meaning that our flower is guaranteed to provide a smoother, more enjoyable smoke.
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” -Francis of Assisi
Only after our flower is fully cured does the trimming process begin. Real people (artists, if you will) trim Maggie’s buds by hand with the care and respect they deserve. Our meticulously trained trim artists carefully remove what you don’t need, leaving only the most valuable parts of our premium cannabis.
At Maggie’s Farm, we keep lighted magnifying viewers right on the counter, so you can easily see the difference that proper curing and hand-trimming make. Be sure to visit any one of our convenient southern Colorado locations and see for yourself!