2020, To date
Whew. 2020. In March, Jared and I joked: not much had changed for us: we go from home, to the farm, and back home again, every day.
Seven months in, and our routine has not changed much. We still go from home, to the farm, and back home again, but by now…it feels different. Everyone we encounter is exhausted, wary, and worried. And then they say the same thing: thank goodness for clean and potent cannabis flower.
Other, bigger farms boast now how they are “crushing it”, but honestly, we don’t understand how to pat ourselves on the back and celebrate revenue at a time like this. We are grateful to be at the farm, in the face of our friends and family struggling with jobs, money, and their personal health and wellness since March. It is not a quest to “crush it” over here, we are just trying to get to the other side of this, right alongside everyone else. It is disingenuous to suggest that anything other than this dominates our days.
In a way, the farm has kept us sane. It is a dependable routine for a sense of normalcy. The plant cycles are unaffected by the mess of the world outside. No matter what, the flower/harvest room plants get fed at the same times every day, and our daily schedule is ruled and book-ended by those tasks, morning and afternoon.
I realized a few weeks ago: the flower/harvest room feeds are our form of therapy. Twice a day, in the flower rooms, each plant gets fed by hand. It is a dependable moment of Zen as you move from plant to plant. The oxygen-rich environment of a healthy plant room is medicinal. We never get tired of it, cycle after cycle. It is beautiful and therapeutic, every time.
Jared and I split the labor of the flower feeds, two days on, two days off. If one of us is not on flower feeds that day, that person is responsible for the daily care for our clones, feeding the vegetative (next flower room) plants, as well as the feeding of the mother/propagation plants.
Those two routines are the foundation of our day-to-day, and in between that we are: propagating plants; potting plants; cleaning; harvesting flower rooms; more cleaning; trimming; packaging; delivering; buying supplies; cleaning; running errands; and doing research and planning.
We also keep the business itself afloat: paying taxes, licenses, fees, bills and vendors; working with our professional services providers (accountants, lawyers, QA labs and insurance agents) in some capacity; still cleaning; filing; doing the books; writing production calendars; connecting with our partner stores; researching new stores; brainstorming marketing and outreach/engagement; doing repairs and maintenance; rearranging, organizing and planning. Oh, we try to do website updates too.
This is an all-in project for us, all day, every day! We thought you might find it interesting to know how we spend our days. Back in the grey market/medical days, people would say you could do two hours of work a day and make $10k each month. While that was not necessarily true, we can say, in i502, two people can work a combined 20 hours a day at a micro farm and may not get the same financial result each month.
Such is the reality of being a cannabis micro farm in a tightly-regulated industry with a narrow sales channel. We stay afloat in the face of a widely-accepted industrial farm system that blankets most store shelves, and that is no small thing, especially these days…
Thank you for your interest in us and our farm. Take care of each other, we will write again soon!