Sleepy seaside Carpinteria riding tsunami of cannabis growth
Kerry Mann, Director of Agricultural Cannabis & Hemp, gives insight to Carp’s new crop
Carpinteria’s City Council’s recent adoption of a cannabis ordinance shined the spotlight on what many have long known: This seaside valley grows the cleanest and greenest cannabis in the state.
While the city fathers had imposed a moratorium on all commercial cannabis activities, farmers in the unincorporated area of the valley have been making a name for themselves in industry circles by incorporating the best available environmental practices with generations of Old World agricultural wisdom from the Netherlands, the world’s foremost flower growing country.
The cannabis effect is felt in other parts of the local economy, too, according to Kerry Mann, CCIM, the only designated Director of Agricultural Cannabis & Hemp in Santa Barbara County.
“The real estate market has seen truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities with the availability of nearly 30 acres and two warehouses for purchase in a coveted coastal location in addition to leasing options sprouting around the valley,” noted Mann, whose expertise in navigating local and state cannabis regulations has proven indispensable in successful transactions.
Community acceptance and the now better-defined government guidelines for cannabis are enabling entrepreneurship on every level. Cultivators are working toward “County of Origin” designation, which is similar to a wine appellation like Napa Valley, to distinguish excellence in product and growing practices. There are cottage industries pairing other Santa Barbara County agricultural products, grapeseed oil for example, with cannabis to create salves and balms. Education forums and roundtables punctuate community calendars. Literally and figuratively, a “grassroots” economy is in the works.
“It’s been so gratifying, albeit at times very frustrating, to be a cannabis pioneer. That’s the story with AG — the front load of tilling the soil and sowing the seeds requires a lot of patience, then growth seems so fast, and before you know it, the harvest is in,” said Mann.