Over 100 community members visited Carpinteria Valley’s Arroyo Verde Farms for Community Day, on Jan. 18, for a walking tour of cannabis greenhouses. Before growing cannabis, Arroyo Verde greenhouses were built and used for cut flowers. The farm has adapted similar methods and equipment by using the same infrastructure, potting technique and closed loop irrigation.  

During the 1.5-hour tour, guests learned about cannabis plants in various stages of growth, from seedling to ready-for-harvest; spent time at a “bug stop,” which highlighted the use of beneficial insects in place of pesticides; and visited the processing area.  

“We love to share how our plants have helped bring relief to those in need. I had a great day sharing our wonderful farm with the public,” said Barry Brand, manager of Arroyo Verde Farms and eighth-generation farmer. In addition to cannabis, Arroyo Verde grows avocados and flowers. 

To learn more, visit arroyoverdefarms.com.

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