Cannabis cultivators in Northern California are in the midst of a giant shift. Recreational regulations are being debated in the state house, a new set of medical marijuana regulations is set to go into effect at the end of the year, and the state’s growers are trying to adapt. In Nevada County, outside of Sacramento, that adaptation process also means trying to find a way to conserve the land they work on, while still making profit and operating within regulations.
Last Sunday, only days after state regulators put forth a draft of California’s new medical regulations, a group of Nevada County growers met to hear from environmental professionals and industry insiders to workshop cultivation techniques and environmental sustainability.
Whether it’s indoor grows with around the clock energy drains or outdoor grows with groundwater issues and soil contamination concerns, keeping a cannabis business environmentally sustainable is hard work. California growers, and regulators, are trying to make sure that the land they work on is still fertile decades after legalization.
“Let’s not have the destruction from the latest green rush have the same type of lasting impact we…