Dope Magazine - September 2016 - The Art Issue - Oregon

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Y E R BA B U E NA FA R M S SETTING STANDARDS AND GROWING TH E FUTU RE WRITER / LEAH MAURER

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TOUR OF THE Yerba Buena Farms facility leaves visitors in awe. Its state-of-the-art facility and the amazing flower it produces are just two of the reasons why Yerba Buena Farms is an asset to Oregon’s cannabis scene. This company is more than just a facility, it centers its mission on diversity, sustainability and compliance, and strives to set the standard for the Oregon cannabis industry and beyond. Yerba Buena is a mixed Tier II producer licensee, and one of the first eight cannabis companies in the state to receive their recreational business license. Likewise, they were the first to harvest legal, recreational/adult use cannabis plants in Oregon. “We hope that through leadership and exemplary business practices we can help reduce the stigma surrounding this plant and set the bar for industry standards in not only cannabis, but offer a fresh approach to business in general,” said Laura Rivero, Director of Operations. This “Clean Green” certified facility is the first cannabis company to receive energy rebates

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from the Oregon Energy Trust—for their environmentally conscious practices as they assist in building emerging sustainable technologies. The farm is located in Washington County, just west of Portland, and includes a 15,000-squarefoot indoor facility and two greenhouses. Their cultivation practices are based on research and experience, and the facility is clean, organized and filled with dedicated and happy employees. Casey Rivero, Yerba Buena’s Director of Cultivation, explained, “We have built our company on a foundation of innovation and integrity. By innovating, we produce more sustainable results and through integrity we set higher standards. We are very proud of what we do and hope to inspire others to push the industry forward.” Since Yerba Buena is recreationally licensed, they are unable to sell any product until sales begin in recreationally-licensed dispensaries at the beginning of October. In the meantime, they’re thrilled to share their love and passion with the public until the fall.

Follow at @yerba.buena.farms on Instagram or Yerba Buena on Facebook, or go to their website www.yerbabuena.com for more information about this company and their product.