Sol Spirit Farm is a small, family-owned and operated farm in Trinity County, CA, founded by Walter Wood and Judi Nelson. As passionate environmentalists and self-sufficiency advocates, they practice permaculture farming for their own food and cannabis. Through their brand, Walter and Judi want to help spread healing and wisdom throughout the world.
In 3 words, describe your organization.
What has been your biggest challenge and how your team has overcome it?
We have been farming on our current land for more than 20 years, So regeneratively-growing fire flower comes naturally to us. Finding good distribution partners has been one of our biggest challenges in the regulated market. We have used 8 different distributors to deliver our branded packaged products since 2018! Even though our farm and brand are small and we are 100% owner-funded and operated, through the help from both Sun & Earth and the Equity Trade Network, we have been able to secure distribution through Nabis, which has been a game-changer for us. The ability for retail partners to reorder on their own schedule and know their delivery will come in a timely and organized manner, no matter where they are located in this huge state, has relieved us of a huge burden.
What are some upcoming innovations/projects you are most excited for?
We are very committed to regenerating the earth through our farming practices, and carry that through to our packaging. We have always sourced the most environmentally-friendly and compliant packaging that we ca and we won the Emerald Cup for most eco-conscious packaging in 2022. In 2023, we are excited to be transitioning all of our packaging to being home-compostable, and are rolling out a composting initiative with our retail partners. Consumers will learn about home composting (not just of our packaging, but of their food waste too) and be able to receive promo products for participating.
Did you know that if all families in the US composted their food wastes, it would be the equivalent of removing 7.8 million cars from the road? There are great ways for even apartment dwellers to compost their food and packaging waste and even be able to grow their own organic food from the compost on a balcony or in a window. We want to connect the dots for cannabis enthusiasts and show them how we can reverse climate change with regenerative farming and composting.
Any future predictions/trends you foresee in your product category?
Regeneratively-farmed sun-grown flower is going to become more and more in demand as consumers realize that it gives them a cleaner and more effective experience (and it's currently at a lower price point than indoor). Added bonus: regenerative farming sequesters carbon, reduces water consumption, and has a net-positive impact on the ecosystem we all depend on for life.