“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.”

The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino Lake Complex fire, are feelings mirrored by countless farmers.

This season has already been like no other for farmers like Osterbrink, who is endeavoring to become compliant with state and local regulations. Farmers have spent tens of thousands of dollars — in some cases even more — to legalize their properties and their businesses, all the while knowing that the per-pound price for the 2017 harvest may well go into free-fall. The fire has only compounded his concerns.

“I’m about as legal as you can be these days,” Osterbrink smiles.

He is a member of Mendocino Generations, an organization consisting of more than three dozen small farmers who grow outdoor, organic cannabis. The founders — Chiah Rodriques and her husband, Jamie Beatty — are Redwood Valley natives who are currently providing support for numerous farmers affected by the conflagration that swept through some of the world’s most fertile cannabis growing areas.

Read the full story at TheCannabist.co.

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