What is “The Oreganic Way”?
At Truly Oreganic, we grow with care. We feel that in today’s marijuana market, most consumers have limited choices. There is a need to give them more access to better products for better consumptions. Hence, we started Truly Oreganic to bring to the public our very own organically grown craft marijuana. Our products and cultivation method are environmental-friendly, sustainable, healthier and tastier. We are proud to be the New Seasons of Cannabis.
Why do we love organic growing?
We based our growing method on the book, The True Living Organics by The Rev. This book is like a Bible to us and we recommend using it as a learning platform to start your own organic garden.
Organic growing offers many benefits and advantages. We will discuss the top 5 in this article.
5 Main Benefits to Organic vs. Conventional growing:
- Locally Sourced vs. Imported/ Transported long distances
- Active Soil vs. Dead Soil
- No Run Off vs. Flush/Leech
- Complete closed loop cycle vs. Disposable resources
- Healthy Plants vs. Pesticides
Locally Sourced vs. Imported/ Transported long distances
A study done by the Michigan State University points out 4 major benefits consumers can enjoy from buying locally grown products:
- Locally grown is full of flavor - Products are shipped almost daily so they will be the freshest picked crops.
- Locally grown supports the local economy - Money will be kept within the community, rather than benefiting just a few chosen individuals.
- Locally grown benefits the environment – Open farmlands can help keep the community green.
- Locally grown is safer and healthier - Less travel time and fewer exchanges of hands can reduce the risk of products getting contaminated.
Marijuana can be consumed in various forms such as edibles, vaporizers, extracts, creams and more. Therefore, consumers would want to know the ingredients and origins of what they are consuming. Purchasing locally grown products allow them to get this information easily from their local growers or even pay a visit to the farm.
2. Active Soil vs. Dead Soil
Dead soil refers to soil already in the plant in which nutrients get added directly and/or separately; whereas, active soil refers to soil that has been mixed with ingredients that a plant needs and is inoculated with biological allies that help defend the plant and supplies it with exactly what is needed out of the soil. Here are some of the common pros of using active soil according to GrowWeedEasy:
- Better Taste, Smell, and Smoothness - When the soil is active with fresh bugs and bacteria, the plant will become stronger and produce a more flavorful taste with a more pungent and aromatic smell.
- Great for Indoors and Outdoors - Active soil works wonder in both indoor and outdoor conditions; we will be using ours in a hybrid greenhouse.
- Natural – The soil is created using only organic, natural ingredients, which is the ultimate best for the plant’s growth.
- No Need to Flush - No chelating salts are ever added, thus preventing the need to flush. Flushing may cause beneficial ingredients to get rinsed out as well.
- Easier to Grow - Once all the ingredients have been mixed, there will not be a need to constantly monitor the pH level or to add more nutrients throughout the plant’s life cycle.
3. No Run Off vs. Flush/Leach
In a non-organic grow, a flushing or leaching process must be used. Flushing is a technique where an excess amount of water is run through the soil to wash away dissolved salts/minerals. However, it can entail many disadvantages for both the farmers and consumers. On the contrary, organic growing produces no chemical run off and it also provides the following benefits:
- Soil can retain all the nutrients - Flushing depletes the plants of all its nutrients in an effort to release all the chelating salt build-up. With organic growing, no chelating salts are used, eliminating the need to flush; thus giving a more flavorful taste.
- Soil can be reused and recycled – After the plants harvest, farmers can just add new nutrients to the same soil and reuse it for the next cycle. This saves cost and is more environmental-friendly.
The reason for flushing before harvest time is to prevent the roots from access to salts/minerals. Excess salts/minerals/chemicals will increase the fire retardant content in the buds, which can cause them to burn harshly and leave a metallic taste.
4. Complete closed loop cycle vs. Disposable resources
Organic growing is tied to the complete closed loop cycle. This is because everything gets used up and the remaining gets recycled. Nothing goes to waste. However, in a non-organic grow, the nutrients have to be disposed of. One method to do so is to flush, but it is both expensive and wasteful. Even with the best intentions, some growers are not that environmentally friendly and do not consider their waste. This is why there have been reports, even on the Willamette River, showing dangerously high contents of nitrogen and phosphorus leaking into the environment. Flushing is not only harmful, it is also costly since a drain system needs to be installed and a large quantity of water is required to flush every plant before harvest.
5. Healthy Plants vs. Pesticides
Organic growing means zero use of chemical pesticides; whereas, in non-organic growing, they are used heavily. As Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis point out in “Teaming with Microbes” pesticides and toxic chemicals, as we all know, may cause serious and delayed health damages, ranging from simple irritation to more severe effects such as leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors and cancer. In addition, pesticides use also causes various environmental problems such as water pollution and soil contamination. Not only does it destroy the nutritional content in our food, pesticides exposure is harmful to our body and our surroundings.
Many people have the misperception that with all the added benefits, organic growing must be more expensive and labor intensive. In fact, it is one of the most cost-effective ways of growing. We pride ourselves to be a local organic cultivator providing top quality and 100% organically grown craft cannabis to our community.
Stay tune for a copy of our organic recipe in the next article!!