Local Farmers Working Toward a Greener Future
Since 2014, SYRCL has been working to inspire our community ;to engage in sustainable and ecologically sound cannabis cultivation in the Yuba watershed. With cannabis cultivation on the rise in the Yuba River watershed, hundreds of videos have popped up online promoting the use of products that are not environmentally friendly. SYRCL decided to collaborate with local cannabis farmers to produce three videos that highlight environmentally friendly, best management practices for cannabis cultivation in our watershed.SYRCL believes the best way to protect our watershed is by providing education to farmers about sustainable and environmentally friendly growing practices while working with county and state regulators as they frame the future of cannabis. Unregulated dispersed agriculture across the watershed has the potential to negatively impact the forests, rivers, and communities through water diversions, water pollution, the poisoning of wildlife, litter, vegetation removal, and erosion.
- Less is more, four inches of topsoil is enough.
- Create a living soil infusion mat.
- Know your soil: adjust for imbalances as needed.
- Treat the farm as a whole system, rather than individual plants.
- OMRI: Organic Materials Review Institute: www.omri.org.
In late November 2017, just as Brian Chaplin was scooping up the last bits of an apple tart in a downtown Nevada City, California, restaurant, he received a text message from an employee at the Medicine Box farm in Grass Valley: “We’ve just been fu@#-ing robbed!” Chaplin recalls freezing for thirty to forty seconds as a flurry of questions raced through his head.