SunGrown Certified ensures consumers can select cannabis products that have been farmed sustainably in healthy, natural environments.
All SC products are grown using the Sun as the primary source of power, not our electrical power grid. As Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, recently said:
“We have this handy fusion device in the sky, it just works.”
SunGrown Certified supports artisan businesses and family farms, which comprise the bulk of the craft cannabis produced and contribute to the rich heritage of the industry. Artisan farms—be it tomatoes or cheese—connect consumers not only to the highest quality products but directly to the process that created them. SunGrown Certified farms comply with the highest universally recognized standards for labor and workers rights.
Look for the SC mark on packages in your dispensaries and retail outlets. If there are none, ask the store why not. It’s the easiest way to know that the product you are buying comes from farms that are focused on supporting the highest standards of cannabis farming possible.
We are a 501c3 with the goal of educating consumers on how the cannabis they purchase was produced and providing support to sustainable cannabis farms.
Our mission is to connect consumers with sustainable, responsible cannabis growers and products to promote better growing practices and to raise awareness of environmental issues related to marijuana farming.
Lighting required to grow cannabis in warehouses or other artificial environments is a huge waste of energy and an unnecessary strain on our already burdened electrical grid. Certified SunGrown farmers use the sun instead of high powered synthetic lights to grow our plants, creating a healthier, superior product under natural full spectrum sunlight. Meeting the following criteria ensures the healthiest, tastiest product reaches patients and consumers and is grown in a way everyone can feel good about, including the planet.No artificial or supplement lighting shall be used during the flowering stage of plant growth. Supplemental lighting to maintain seedlings and vegetative plant growth may only be used to extend the amount of natural daylight available and may not be used when ample natural light to maintain vegetative stage plant growth is present.
Recent news stories have exposed the unpleasant truth that many indoor growers rely on chemical and synthetic pesticides to maintain their crops. With only artificial light and no natural predators many pests and molds thrive in the warehouses where indoor cannabis is produced. The strong full spectrum rays of the sun and gentle breezes that our farmer’s plants enjoy helps mitigate many of these issues. If a problem does arise Certified SunGrown farmers are required to use only natural and organic pest control products which ensures you will never have to worry about what chemicals are in your cannabis. While resting assured what you are consuming is healthy means allot to all of us, this is especially important for those of us who use concentrates or may have compromised immune systems.Only products certified and listed for use in Organic food crop production by OMRI or WSDA may be used applied to all Certified SunGrown crops in the prevention or control of pests.
With the continued drought along the entire West Coast it’s more important now than ever that we all work to safeguard this precious natural resource. Letting you as the customer know that your cannabis was grown without taking water from our rivers, communities and wildlife when they need it most is important to us. Our farmers strive to act as leaders in the water conservation movement with many capturing excess rainwater during winter storms and storing it for the hot dry summer months. Others who rely on wells to irrigate their crops are only allowed to do so in areas with sustainable groundwater levels and supply. Our farmers regularly host and participate in Best Management Workshops that help spread knowledge and growing techniques that lower water use.All Certified SunGrown farms must submit detailed information on all water sources, storage and use. This information is carefully reviewed by an expert in watershed resource management and must be approved in order to become Certified SunGrown.
Poor land management and in many cases illegal grading and clearing activities degrade the natural environment leading to many problems including our rivers having too much sediment in the water.Our farmers work closely with local land use and planning departments for any work that needs to be done on the properties they own. Only projects that meet all local and state requirements are allowed to move forward. This helps ensure our rivers and shared natural resources are being protected.