This year has been a tough one for California, as more than 1.4 million acres burned due to the wildfires that plagued the state. Mendocino was hit terribly with the Mendocino Complex Fire, which became the largest recorded fire in California’s history. The damage stretched nearly 500,000 acres in Lake and Mendocino counties. Now, a local cannabis company is stepping up in response.
Aster Farms is a cannabis cultivation facility in Mendocino county that was directly affected by the Mendocino Complex Fire. Established in 2016, the facility believes in the healing effects of cannabis and are dedicated to providing the highest quality flower. Aster Farms claims to provide the “meanest, greenest and cleanest around.”
Aster Farms said in regards to the fire: “The home on the property where Noah, our Director of Cultivation, and his family live burned completely. That was the hardest part of the damage.” The facility also reported that it lost an airstream and multiple storage structures.
As for the cultivation site itself, out of its 600 plants, only 13 survived the fire. The flames stopped 3 feet from the farm’s cultivation shed that houses their irrigation system and important equipment. Lucky for them, their permit stayed safe in its display case.
“That seemed like a good omen,” said a representative of Aster Farms.
One of the saddest parts of the Aster Farms fire was that the half-tabby, half-bobcat resident cat named Harry is the only animal missing.
As the people of Aster Farms were feeling helpless, they knew that there was something they could do to help their community recuperate from the fire. They decided to start a fundraiser.
“The cannabis community is forging ahead together, we are building a culture of care,” said Sam Ludwig, President of Aster Farms. “When the fire hit home for Aster Farms, the community was there to support. It’s our time to give back.”
Harry’s Harvest, named after Harry the cat, is a new line of flower from Aster Farms. The farm will donate $2 from every sale, which will go directly to the local fire departments, including the Hopeland Fire Protection District and Lakeport Fire Protection District Volunteer Firefighters. To date, they’ve raised nearly $1,500 through product sales and their CrowdRise site.
“Part of our mission at Aster Farms is social responsibility and supporting the communities around us,” they say.
In case you’re wondering if Aster Farms has any updates on its resident cat, Harry, unfortunately there has been no word yet on his whereabouts.
“We’re just hoping he’s safe somewhere,” they say. “We think one day he’ll make it home and we’ll be waiting.”
To help Aster Farms raise money for their community’s local fire departments, you can visit their CrowdRise site and donate today. You can also learn more about Aster Farms by visiting their site here.
Anne-Marie is a freelance cannabis writer and educator dedicated to cultivating and disseminating important knowledge about cannabis as legalization spreads across the globe. After earning her BA and Masters, she followed an exciting career in the research and education field, finding innovative ways to create collaborations between community needs and research and academic pursuits. Based in Canada, she is a full time writer for the world’s best cannabis companies, advocates and organizations.