I recently consulted with a Native American Healing Center as they cut down their spring garden from Coastal Seeds Company’s GSCxPuna Budder. The flowers showed the Hawaiian lineage in both shape and smell. One pheno type in particular expressing the effects of its land race heritage. The bud formation produces small, sticky bulbs associated with its topical parent.
The spirit of the islands fills the soul and leaves me pondering what other land race strain will find their way back into circulation.
Indigenous Cultivation and Mound Farming with Cannabis
The garden was created using Indigenous Farming methods. Recreating sustainable farming practices can help resolve many problems facing conventional farmers. Every aspect of indigenous farming relates to ecological protection and water conservation.
First, people nurtured cannabis like a relative, even referring to them as the “Standing Silent Nation.” Cannabis grown on Cherokee Mounds with companion plants maximize water use and food/medicine production, aiding the plants ability to defend against bugs or pathogens.
Mound farming was not isolated to the Americas’, as Northern European Tribes constructed the permaculture-style garden beds, calling them HugelKulture or hill mounds. The soil building mounds provided a diverse feeding regiment that will cost a small fortune from any garden supply today. The food forest beds would utilize waste material from nature or community solving their waste management problems.
How Mound Farming Grows Better, Longer Lasting Cannabis
The bio-available capacity from mound farming can build cannabinoid structures that make the medical properties of cannabis more efficient and longer lasting. Plants cellular defense improve with organic farming because the thicker cell walls make it difficult for bugs to take the easy meal. Mites have already ruined some big projects this year without a sound solution in our horizon other than building a resistance from the inside.
Native Elders tell us that the Universe will send invaders (pests) to litigate the ecological damage from conventional or greedy farming. The vineyards in Napa entered this dangerous area recently. Pathogens are attacking rootstocks previously thought immune from viruses.
We will have to rethink wine production in Napa very soon or nature will do it for us.
I hope that wine industry disasters eludes our Cannabis Culture as we move closer to legalization in California. I feel that California’s ecological health can’t handle another wine country, but we have the ability to set an example for others to follow us with sustainable garden development .