We met up with Cascadia Gardens Co-owner, Tyler, and master gardeners, Erin and Maria, who gave us the tour of the operation and CO2 extraction facility. They were welcoming, kind, and passionate about their community and the role Cascadia plays in it.
We don badges and foot booties (to prevent tracking in unwanted pests), then Tyler leads us into the warm glow of Gavitas in one of four main grow rooms (soon to be five). Outside, it’s winter—35 degrees and pouring, but in here it’s bright-hot.
It’s sparkling clean, too—nothing but humming fans, blazing light, and a sea of potted cannabis on a grid of rolling, green tables. The flowers are large and ready to harvest, with trichomes everywhere, and piny terpenes filling the atmosphere.
While Michael gets the drone set up, I ask Tyler about his background. “I’ve been growing for ten years,” he says. “I started with medical in 2007, and I bring that with me. I still treat it as medicine. We use the exact same formula for growing here that we used with medical.”
They use no chemical pesticides, and their flower is all hang-dried and hand-trimmed. It’s not the cheapest way to operate, but it yields the cleanest and best results, which, in the end, is what they’re all about.
Michael fires up the drone, and we all watch it buzz around, getting footage of the crop from above.
Then, someone suggests we go and see the CO2 extractor.
This is an Apeks, supercritical liquid CO2 extractor. It’s what produces the premium, solventless cannabis oils. But not only that, it can extract pure terpenes from the cannabis, which they can re-introduce into the finished product to enhance the flavor and quality of the oil.
Ever seen pure, unadulterated terpenes in a jar? Here’s a refrigerator-full! Each one smells different, and yet comfortably familiar. Some have a definite earthy, forest smell, while some are more citrusy.
The liquid in these jars is extremely valuable—it takes about ten pounds of plant material to produce just three ounces of terpenes!
Here, Tyler gives Michael a whiff, and then we each take a turn. This one, we all agree, smells exactly like sourdough bread (coincidentally, it was extracted from the Sour Diesel strain).
The people at Cascadia Gardens pride themselves on their craftsmanship, and everyone seems to know it. Their popularity comes almost entirely from word of mouth, which is what happens when you have an outstanding product, a great team, and a rock-solid foundation in the Bellingham cannabis community.