California’s Cookies launching a new craft cannabis line staring Ridgeline Farms

California’s Cookies launching a new craft cannabis line staring Ridgeline Farms

California’s Cookies, co-founded and helmed by hip hop artist Berner, is launching a new craft cannabis Line – the Humboldt Grown Initiative.

Produced by the company’s cultivation partners based in the three NorCal counties of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity – that is to say, the historic Emerald Triangle – the new product line is hitting shelves in Cookies and Lemonnade dispensaries across California, in time for “Croptober.”

The Humboldt Grown Initiative represents a tribute to the area’s pioneering cannabis innovators, the company reported Tuesday.

“There’s no doubt the Emerald Triangle made American cannabis culture what it is today, and it’s still arguably one of the best climates in the world to cultivate cannabis,” said Berner, co-founder and CEO of Cookies. “In this new era with bigger companies buying up massive facilities and mass-producing products, it’s made it so much harder for smaller craft cannabis cultivators to be successful. One of our missions at Cookies is to help people from the old game stay in the game. We are truly honored to support this community and these craft growers and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The initiative partners include One Log House, a hub for processing, packaging and distribution; Native Humboldt Farms founded and operated by Lindsey Renner; Aloha Humboldt,  which is owned by Linsey and Ryan Jones, who have been cultivating cannabis since 1998, and the Ridgeline Farms, owned and operated by second-generation cultivator Jason Gellman.

LEAF PICKS: Ridgeline Farms Runtz Proves To Be a Winner and Provides a Legendary Lift

LEAF PICKS: Ridgeline Farms Runtz Proves To Be a Winner and Provides a Legendary Lift

Hailing from Alpine in the legendary growing region of Southern Humboldt, Ridgeline Farms earns its stellar reputation with every harvest. Owner Jason Gellman and his cultivation team won first place in the last two pre-COVID Emerald Cup competitions, and for good reason – the Ridgeline team is intensely skilled at the craft.

This attention to quality in cultivation is why we chose Ridgeline Runtz as our strain of the month for this heady issue, where we celebrate 4/20 and the wonderful world of glass blowing. Ridgeline won the Emerald Cup with their version of this strain in 2019, and the second you crack open a jar from the most recent harvest, it’s obvious why. The terpene-rich aromatics wafting from these tight, sparkling nugs contain a multitude of mouthwatering candied fruit notes, led by the unforgettable presence of limonene. There’s a deep, round richness underlying the bright confectionery sweetness, and the fruit carries through to the flavor – sampled in both a flower vaporizer and twisted up in a joint, the Ridgeline Farms Runtz didn’t lose the flavorful punch telegraphed by the aroma.

Swiftly elevating the senses to a place of intensely energetic euphoria, this flower has quickly raced onto our shortlist of favorites currently available on the market. Enjoyed in the afternoon, you might find yourself wanting to go for a long, leisurely walk. Sampled before bedtime, it may just inspire you to stay up a little longer, perhaps drawing while listening to records. It’s a stunning crown jewel leading the stellar lineup of strains from the Ridgeline Farms hoop houses – trust us and go snag some before the upcoming holiday. You won’t regret it.

Check out the article on this amazing strain from Ridgeline Farms

Jason Gellman Honored as The First Cannabis Business by SoHum Chamber

Jason Gellman Honored as The First Cannabis Business by SoHum Chamber

Ridgeline Farms and owner Jason Gellman was honored for the 2018 Business of The Year Award at the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce. It is the first time for the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and for Jason Gellman to have the award go to a local Craft Cannabis Farmer. Ridgeline Farms won the Emerald Cup for their cannabis strain Green Lantern last year.

The Chamber issued a statement saying, “Jason has been a major supporter of community events for many years in Southern Humboldt and was raised in Southern Humboldt. He is a shining example of the amazing work and love that goes into growing some of the best craft cannabis in the region.”

When asked how he felt about the honor and all the attention, Jason replied, “It is hard to believe all this has happened in the past few months and I am so grateful to be part of the Southern Humboldt heritage that makes our cannabis the best in the world”

The Southern Humboldt Chamber is in Garberville and they enhance our quality of life & environment by promoting tourism & assisting local businesses to expand and prosper. The Chamber also functions as an advocate for Southern Humboldt at the County, State and Federal Levels.

New Yorker: How Legalization Changed Humboldt Co. Marijuana

New Yorker: How Legalization Changed Humboldt Co. Marijuana

For more than forty years, the epicenter of cannabis farming in the United States was a region of northwestern California called the Emerald Triangle, at the intersection of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties. Of these, Humboldt County is the most famous. It was here, in hills surrounding a small town called Garberville, that hippies landed in the nineteen-sixties, after fleeing the squalor of Berkeley and Haight-Ashbury. They arrived in the aftermath of a timber bust, and clear-cut land was selling for as little as a few hundred dollars an acre. In their pursuit of self-sufficiency, the young idealists homesteaded, gardened naked, and planted seeds from the Mexican cannabis they had grown to love. They learned the practice known as sinsemilla, in which female cannabis plants are isolated from the pollen of their male counterparts, which causes the females to produce high levels of THC. The cultivators smuggled in strains of Cannabis indica from South Asia and bred hybrids with sativas from Mexico. They learned to use light deprivation to encourage premature flowering, and they practiced selective breeding to isolate for the most desirable potency, scent, and appearance.

In the years that followed, the back-to-the-land movement, which began as a protest of American materialism, was increasingly subsidized, in Humboldt, by profits from cannabis. In the nineteen-eighties, as the war on drugs escalated, the growers responded by developing techniques to cultivate cannabis indoors or beneath trees. Their children, many of whom grew up poor, were less inclined to pursue “voluntary simplicity” for idealistic reasons. The cannabis industry represented the best living they could make in the place where they grew up, and a fairly lucrative one, especially after California legalized marijuana for medical use, in 1996. For those from the older generation who had believed that “dropping out” required serious economic sacrifice, the crop was the original sin of Humboldt’s Eden. Jentri Anders, the author of “Beyond Counterculture,” an anthropological study of the back-to-the-landers of southern Humboldt County, wrote, in 2012, “I believe I realized much earlier than most that, if there was indeed a shared vision, it was in grave danger of being swamped, distorted and subsumed by the advent of the growing industry.” She continued, “I feared early on that the entire geographical area, mainstream and hippie alike, would come to be defined by the outside world through the lens of the marijuana industry, and that is exactly what happened.”

Check out the full article from Emily Witt from The New Yorker

L.A Weekly Garden Glance World Champion Edition: Ridgeline Farms

L.A Weekly Garden Glance World Champion Edition: Ridgeline Farms

Lately, the L.A. Weekly visited the back-to-back world champions at Ridgeline Farms.

Had the Emerald Cup not been delayed the 2021 big award ceremony on Social Club TV, there may have been more accolades to note for the Ridgeline team. But regardless of the pandemic preventing further affirmations of their quality on the awards circuit, Ridgeline Farms is growing absolute heat.

Check out the L.A. Weekly story about Jason and Ridgline Farms