Welcome to the Emerald Triangle's cannabis girl gang.
Flow Kana prides itself on being the first sustainable, sun-grown cannabis brand that embraces the values of the small farmer ecosystem. Its farmers grow the freshest buds in California’s Emerald Triangle and focus on local, small-batch boutique strains.
If you peruse Flow Kana's roster of local farmers, the people who are putting the real care into making very real weed, you might find that plenty of women are in charge of grows. Proper caught up with a few Flow Kana farmers and delved into their experiences and perspectives within the vast world of weed.
Tina Gordon of Moon Made Farms
This has been a monoculture geared toward men from cultivation to consumer appeal. But times are changing. There’s definitely a gender division around roles, responsibilities, and community involvement. There’s a lack of visibility and social structure for women farmers because there are so few, which can be a bit lonely.
I spent years observing the community, trying to find other women farmers and am beginning to meet a few. I have always gravitated toward male-dominated structures; so this isn’t my first rodeo. Years ago, when I was dedicated to playing drums, there were so few women drummers and now the numbers are vast in comparison. There seem to be a lot of women involved with every part of the emerging industry other than cultivation. I would love to see that equalize a bit. One of the pros is finding the men who do accept and support me as an equal. I’ve formed many collaborations with men over the years that have been productive and fulfilling.
“I get great satisfaction from encouraging young women who are interested in farming to dig in and get dirty. ”
Physical challenges are real. On a practical level, everything is made to fit giants…work clothes, tools, heavy equipment, trucks. So being a small human poses challenges physically and psychologically. There’s a lot of driving on torn-up roads, heavy lifting, something’s always breaking which means something always needs to get fixed. The work is varied and requires skill sets often passed down along patriarchal lines. There’s sometimes the assumption that women don’t have these skill sets or can’t learn them, which isn’t true.
It’s helpful to have experience with hand tools, power tools, basic mechanical and maintenance skills, practical math and science skills along with domestic skills, cooking, organization, communication, accounting. It’s a comprehensive and all-encompassing lifestyle. The answer is to be small but mighty, work in numbers, and rely upon brain over brawn, utilize innovation and improvisation, ignore the consumer seduction of everything new, and focus on the plants and the land.
On unique farming:
Two women lived on and cultivated this land before me, and I feel a strong sense of responsibility to carry on their legacy and improve upon what they started. I wanted to bring more women into the land and into the area and have collaborated with many in my collective. For three years there were exclusively women farming Moon Made. And they all kicked ass. I get great satisfaction from encouraging young women who are interested in farming to dig in and get dirty. It’s about jumping in the game instead of standing on the sidelines.