March 2019


Nevada County Strong: An Open Letter To Nevada County Farmers

My intuition is telling me they’ll be better days,
I sit in silence and and find whenever I meditate
My fears alleviate, my tears evaporate
,
My faith don’t deviate, ideas don’t have a date.

J Cole. “Change.” 4 Your Eyez Only.

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Community, 

In October of 2015, I wrote a blog about the pressures farmers endure during trim season, and I recommended farmers take extra care to be kind to each other and to themselves in order to stay true to the honorable work of caring for this plant. During this last mad dash of local and state licensing applications these past few weeks, those words regularly come to mind. Since they are just as meaningful in this strange new season of regulation, I decided to share them again: 

“This is “Game On” time for your entire year’s work.  It is instead the time to be at your highest energetic level, and to put your best energy into this medicine that is about to be released to [consumers] around the state. So take this opportunity to abstain from alcohol or other unnecessary intoxicants if possible, increase your physical activity such as yoga or running, and take that extra moment to love on your partner who has to take care of the house and kids in your absence.”

These considerations ring true once again here in Nevada County, where application-fatigue has set in HARD and folks are visibly wilting under the pressure of looming deadlines, massive data gathering requirements, and what feels like never-ending costs. 

For those who are struggling, please take some level of comfort in the fact this too shall pass, and many of us will look back on this as a time in history where we endured, and overcame the impossible together. Farmers are the genesis. Farmers are the origin. Nevada County NEEDS our local farmers to be economically successful and to produce the products we consume, to the benefit of the entire community. 

So please stay focused on the higher meaning of your work these next few stressful weeks. Keep the reason we were all drawn to cannabis in the first place in the front of your mind. Hug your family, fellowship with friends, listen to good music, and then push this f**king paper though. We’re almost there. Heart up.

Finally, while we can’t do anything to halt the insanity, we can have a PARTY! And since Sarah and I are both hella Irish, it makes sense to host the First Annual OG Law Green Party next Sunday, March 17th, a.k.a. St. Patrick’s Day, at the office. Come out!

OG Law’s First Annual Green Party
431 Uren Street, Suite C
Nevada City, CA 95959
DJ Redlocks will be DJ’ing from 4-7 p.m.!!!
WEAR GREEN
*Family friendly, kids welcome
**Celtic Red from Old Republic on tap (first come/first serve).
***Heather will be manning the bar herself and will be serving green drinks of some fabulous sort.

***Please do not park on the opposite side of the street.  We will have a parking attendant to help point you in the right direction from 4-7 p.m.

What’s On Deck
Our next blog will be a technical analysis of the latest version of the Nevada County draft ordinance with some suggestions for upcoming public comment. Stay tuned.

Much respect,

Heather and Sarah
#protectourfarmers #madrespect