Organic certifications for five cannabis companies in Oregon, including four farms, have been officially approved.
Sun+Earth Certified (Sun+Earth), a third-party nonprofit regenerative organic certification program, today revealed the approval of its first five organic cannabis companies in Oregon—East Fork Cultivars, Green Source Gardens, Oshala Farm, Phoenix Rising Farms, and Luminous Botanicals.
East Fork Cultivars runs a 33-acre farm near Takilma, East Fork maintains 13 acres of CBD-rich cannabis fields for the adult-use and hemp markets, and Luminous Botanicals manufactures full-spectrum topicals, tonics, and gel caps using cannabis from East Fork Cultivars and Green Source Gardens.
Luminous products are sold in more than 100 Oregon dispensaries.
A Sun+Earth certification guarantees that the cannabis was carefully grown under the sun in living soils through regenerative organic farming practices.
Sun+Earth was founded by the International Cannabis Farmers Association, Cannabis Conservancy, and Certified Kind, and is supported by Dr. Bronner’s.
After conducting a pilot certification program in 2018, Sun+Earth finalized its approval standards in January of 2019.
“As more and more US states change laws to allow for the responsible adult consumption of cannabis, and as public opinion in favor of lifting federal prohibition on the plant increases, Sun+Earth is poised to become the leading standard in the industry,” wrote Sun+Earth in a press release. “Sun+Earth Certified aims to be the pathway to a future in which cannabis is cultivated through regenerative organic agriculture at a scale that is large enough to supply growing US market demands.”
Sun+Earth says that the program demonstrates how cannabis can be cultivated ethically, ecologically, and with a minimal carbon footprint.
Program certification hinges on three crucial factors—the use of regenerative soil-and-sun-based farming practices, fair treatment of farmworkers, and engagement with the local community.
Sun+Earth will officially announce the five new certifications at a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020, followed by an industry reception at 11:00 a.m. at Portland’s cannabis gathering space, The Commune.