Protecting Small, Family Farming Communities and Watersheds

Barn Raising

also historically called a raising bee or rearing in the U.K., is a collective action of a community, in which a barn for one of the members is built or rebuilt collectively by members of the community. Barn raising was particularly common in 18th- and 19th-century rural North America.

Farm Raising

is a collective action of a community, in which a farm for one of the members is fostered by members of the community.  Farm raising will become common as we navigate the ripple effects that compliance and legalization is having on our communities and watersheds.

Fostering the resource requirements of a cannabis farm:

  • Preparing cultivated soil
  • Planting perennials for the purpose of IPM, polyculture systems and microclimate management
  • Planting of annual and perennial food crops
  • Gathering of onsite resources for the purpose of building plant nutrition
  • Building composting systems to process onsite resources for the purpose of plant nutrition
  • Maintaining farming equipment and tools
  • Transporting offsite refuse, recycling and other unwanted materials
  • Removal and management of invasive species

Resources are the collective community materials, skills and knowledge:

  • Trucks, trailers, hand tools and small power tools
  • Cultivation related materials such as manure, mulch, cover crops, etc.
  • Polyculture, IPM and microclimate management materials, annual and perennial plants

Skills and Knowledge are the attributes and abilities required:

  • Cultivation techniques to reduce the overall requirements for offsite resources
  • Onsite resource procurement and composting systems
  • Water conservation and irrigation systems
  • Integrated pest management, companion planting and invasive species management
  • Small engine and tool maintenance and repair

The Process of Farm Raising

  1. A family farm in the community is identified based on the need for a Farm Raising event.
  2. An assessment of the farm is conducted to identify specific resource needs.
  3. A date is scheduled.
  4. A call out to the community is made highlighting the resource needs.
  5. Community volunteers gather at a prescribed meeting location to discuss the action plan for the day.  Leaders are appointed to the various action plan items based on their asset level.
  6. Volunteers disperse and implement the action plan.
  7. The day ends with food and drink and celebration of the efforts made to protect our watersheds and communities.

     This is a free, community supported program of volunteers and donations facilitated by the Regenerative Cannabis Farming movement to protect small, family farms, their communities and watersheds.

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