Soil to Oil: Head Sauce from Bobsled Farms (Pt 1)
Outdoor Grow: Penn and Kiki start outdoors where Kyler and Stephen discuss the importance of creating and curating optimal soil to ultimately cultivate the best flowers.
Penn: Welcome to Chalice Farms TV. My name is Pen Lewis…
Kiki: and I’m Kiki Sherard…
Penn: … and we’re here today to show you some of the inside practices behind the best cannabis producers in the state of Oregon. We’re here to show you some of the things that happen behind the scenes to create and cultivate craft cannabis products.
Penn: Welcome to Chalice Farms TV. We’re here with the team from Bobsled Farms. We wanted to talk to them about some of their amazing growing practices.
We’ve got Kyler and Steven here. We want to just chat a little bit about what you guys do what you guys are all about.
Stephen: Well right now we’re in our outdoor. We’ve already harvested this row, we’re taking it all down to be flash frozen and extracted.
Kiki: Tell us a little bit about your outdoor grow and how you guys do your outdoor versus your indoor. What’s happening out here?
Stephen: The whole idea of living soil is in the rain forest there’s all this lush, you know, beautiful fruit and vegetation that no one’s taking care of. It’s got its own ecosystem that’s helping in, it makes it thrive. The plants that come down decompose and provide food for the plants growing back up. So we’ve just tried to emulate that environment. What would be normally waste considered waste materials, our plants, will be put back into the dirt let it decompose let the worms do their thing. And let nature grow for us.
Penn: Saying, “Let the worms do their thing.” without any context is a little bit weird. So what do you mean when you say, “Let the worms do…”
Stephen: So that’s all part of the decomposing processes. The worms are eating it – the decomposing matter – and breaking it down and actually you know pooping it out and that’s what provides the nutrients for the plants is the worm.
Penn: That’s a buzz term I’m hearing a lot recently living soil and motil. I want to touch on that a little bit just tell people what that’s all about why it’s important.
Kyler: The big reason we’re here is because we grow for, for our oil, as you said, and there’s really no comparison when there growing organic with the you know the terpene profile and really wanted to get down to the head sauce the terpenes are really what are making that pop.
Kiki: So sounds like you guys are mimicking a lot of organic gardening practices and what what makes you guys want to do that?
Kyler: One of the things with organics is that you provide the entire ecosystem there and so when you have a bug that you don’t want rather than spraying some sort of awful chemical to kill everything and go scorched earth on it, we just provide a bug that would eat that bug rather than having to, you know, put something that would really negatively affect the plants flavor or the outcome of the plant itself.
Penn: I mean, the safety of the plant to some degree. I mean if we’re gonna dry this and eventually smoke it or extract it…
Penn: …then we need to make sure there’s no pesticides or fungus.
Penn: That’s awesome.
Stephen: Well, it allows us to be more sustainable and not rely on bringing in nutrients from, you know, a salt or some other product. We would actually, in the farm, grow all of the nutrients we need and then use them. Keeps everything local.
Kiki: And I noticed you guys have chickens back there and a couple of compost bins. Looks like you guys are starting some ground roots composting. Can you tell me a little bit about that?
Kyler: We have twelve chickens in the back, but we actually feed them worms from the bins and then they eat them and they poop those out. And then it goes into the hay and whatever on the top. And we scoop the hay and we put that back on at the end of the season. So then it creates more food for the soil.
Kiki: So is there basically like a mat of like decomposing material on the top and there’s worms all underneath? Is that what’s happening? Awesome! Wow…
Penn: You have some kind of deadly from the plant over here you guys are getting it ready for harvest. So what does that process look like? Is it any different outdoor/indoor?
Stephen: We’ve stripped the nugs and immediately want to freeze them to preserve all of terpenes and the flavor and get that fresh flash-frozen, live extraction. By freezing it immediately before drying, we’re able to retain and keep up to 30% more terpenes. If we flash freeze it and extract it we can retain that more flavorful terpene rich product.
Penn: So we’re coming to the end of the outdoor season. It is “Crop-tober” so this type of practice have here is actually needs to come inside for the rest of the season and we want to talk to them about how they take these practices outdoors and implement them indoors.