A coalition of legal cannabis farmers in North Santa Barbara County has released a series of videos to help underscore its members’ agricultural roots, commitment to science and pesticide-free farming, community support and economic vitality within the region, according to an Oct. 18 press release.
Good Farmers Great Neighbors has been trying to counter critics who argue that cannabis should not be grown near other crops such as wine grapes.
“We believe it is our responsibility to share our values and passion for sustainable farming, healthy living and community support with the public at large in Santa Barbara County,” said Sara Rotman, co-chair of Good Farmers Great Neighbors. “We embrace our neighbors and community-minded leaders engaged in building a better tomorrow for the people of Northern Santa Barbara County.”
The videos encourage dialogue and learning by presenting the experiences of cannabis industry workers, Santa Ynez Valley produce farmers, area business owners and elected officials. Last month, the farmers group hosted the first in a series of community discussions on cannabis, wine and tourism in Buellton, which drew more than 100 people.
The group hopes the videos released this week will demonstrate their work to collaborate with other farmers and businesses for the betterment of the county. The videos can be viewed here.
“Our families have learned from the best in organic farming and we are now at the pinnacle of innovation producing ‘Best in Class’ cultivation and environmental standards that could help elevate all of agriculture in the county as a leader in the U.S. market, especially when cannabis related interstate commerce federal legislation passes next year,” said John De Friel, co-chair of the farmers group.
Good Farmers Great Neighbors promotes the effort to dispel the myths surrounding cannabis and its production to help the industry grow.
Posted Oct. 18, 2019.