As legalization in Canada takes hold, large billion-dollar corporations are growing vast acres of marijuana for patients and soon consumers as well.While quantity is of importance in order to address the incredible appetite Canadians and others have for pot, there is a lot to be said for quality, which is where Canada’s fantastic craft growers come into play.
These dedicated cultivators have been growing top-tier weed since before Justin Trudeau was allowed to drive, and they still do so today, despite the current challenges with the federal government.
Herbal Dispatch spoke with “Bear”, the founder of Golden Spruce Cannabis about his high-grade marijuana and what it takes to grow some of the best.
You have been growing cannabis since you were 16 years old and you are now 39. That is a long and storied history with cannabis. Can you please tell me what first inspired you to get into it?
It all started in my home town on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.
Golden Spruce was born the same day I hopped into bed and realized the single seed I had found in a pinner joint, placed in my mums teacup plate and slid under my bed then forgotten about had stretched almost the length of my forearm to find sunlight!
Just two little green leaves peaking out from under my bed and one long fragile white stem. This little guy became the my first plant I would tend to every day.
I transferred her into this black Salish soil in my mom’s compost with a little bit of kelp (seaweed) to give her a boost. I would visit her almost every day and just admire this resilient little plant.
“By early October she was ready to harvest. I’ll never forget the crimson colour, to this day I have never seen such bright purple on another plant. What it lacked in size, it made up for with flavour and strength.”
The fruits of my labour were thoroughly enjoyed by a few close friends around a fire after I cured the bud in a jam jar. Watching my friends enjoy this cannabis was very satisfying. From seed to tasty weed then up in smoke!
This really was my beginning of a life long passion to provide good people with true west coast cannabis.
You grow premium, top-quality marijuana. What makes your pot the best?
I don’t think it’s the best, but it’s definitely in the top tier.
There are many passionate farmers out there doing incredible work and going the extra mile to provide premium flower for the public. I do grow small batch cannabis and use organic ingredients in order to bring out the best qualities in the chosen strain. I also work with a lot of like minded farmers that produce the quality of cannabis I feel needs to be celebrated and enjoyed by people who are looking for something more than just your average dispensary flower.
My job is more about curating the finest cannabis British Columbia has to offer. It’s exciting to be working with west coast farmers that really take the time to get whatever strain they are growing right! There is a lot of heart in the cannabis that ends up in the hands of the patients and I’m stoked to be helping make premium flower available to the people that need it.
What are your best selling strains and what strains do you grow in general?
Red Congolese. Can’t keep the small batch in stock for more than a few days.
Romula is another small batch strain we have been working on. We crossed Romulan with Afghan Kush and the smoke is very euphoric with great mental clarity.
The Organic Death Bubba everyone likes is from my friends at BC Trees, using the organic Destiny Grow System. It’s the future of cannabis in my opinion.
We [also] have a new strain coming out called Royal Blue. It’s a Blue Dynamite crossed with the Romula. Really excited about that one.
Do you produce any products made from marijuana or do you just focus on the core crop?
My focus has been top shelf flower. We do have several products coming out in the next few months but I’m keeping a tight lid on them until they are ready.
What is your favourite strain and why?
I actually love outdoor. A good organic Seawarp or Texada Timewarp grown with nothing more then rabbit poop and a rotten starfish can be the tastiest treat when it’s done the way nature intended. I really hope more people get to enjoy real outdoor cannabis done right, you can’t beat it.
What are your plans for the future of your company?
At this time I just want people to see the Golden Spruce stamp and feel confident that we have taken the time to ensure they get some of the best that BC has to offer.
How are you planning to ensure your product takes its rightful place on store shelves when government legalization comes into play?
That’s the golden question.
I think there will be room for many of us doing great work, we just need to wait and see what the government decides is the game plan for our province and have patience and trust they will include the farmers who have been growing quality cannabis in some way or another.
If an LP is the umbrella for Golden Spruce, I could live with that.
Anything to add that I may have missed?
Just wanted to add it’s nice to see farmers work being received by customers on line.
Before there was never a way to get feedback on their hard work. Now, good or bad, the farmers get to read customers honest opinions. When they do it right, it gives the growers a sense of pride and stoke to keep working hard at their craft. So feedback is important!
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