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🍃 AMA With Jarrod Mason of Los Suenos Farms Wed Oct 24 11 AM PST

To coincide with the launch of the full episode of Canna Cribis Episode 4 at Los Suenos we will have Jarrod Mason doing the AMA to ask all the inside details of one of the largest grow farms in the world.

You won’t want to miss this one:

  • Who: Jarrod Mason with Los Suenos Farms
  • What: The 36 acre Grow Operation from Canna Cribs E4
  • Where: Right Here
  • When : Wednesday, October 24th at 11 AM PST

Here is an interview with Jarrod that is taken from episode 4 of Canna Cribs

NATURAL, SUN-GROWN CANNABIS

Los Sueños Farms LLC is the owner of 36 acres of rich farmland in Pueblo County, Colorado, which it leases to four Colorado licensed retail marijuana cultivations; which includes Farmboy LLC (403R-00428 Field 1), Baseball 18 LLC (403R-00429 Field 2), Los Sueños LLC (403R-00430 Field 3), Emerald Fields Grow LLC (403R-00431 Field 4). The four farms at Los Sueños are located in Pueblo, Colorado, an area that is quickly gaining recognition for being the future of the cannabis industry. We believe in organic farming methods, while remaining environmentally conscious.

Web site: https://lsf.farm/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/los_Suenos_Farms/

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Jarrod

How do you determine nutrient programs for crop and do you have a budget for nutrients ?
I notice a lot of facilities I’ve been talking with don’t have a set budget . It’s still new

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:red_circle: The Full episode of Canna Cribs Episode # 4 at Los Suenos Farms:red_circle:

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+1 , interested to hear about your nutrient program! :wink:

Amazing farm

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Hey everyone! Thank you for stopping by the AMA and for also checking out the newest CannaCribs episode featuring our farm. A little bit about my background, I am born and raised in Lamar, Colorado. Went to college at Colorado State University - Pueblo, receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience. While their, I helped develop pilot studies for various cannabis related research such as PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism and SPD, which eventually lead to state and local funding to form the Institute of Cannabis Research. I also have a podcast with my partner Lucy called Lit & Lucid where we interview cannabis industry veterans, thought leaders, influencers and business owners to educate the masses about cannabis and business. Feel feel to ask questions about my background or the farm and I can do my best to get you the answer! Thank you all.

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Hey @jarrodmason, thanks for being a part of a very cool AMA on a very special day! We really appreciate your time and allowing us out to visit and film the farm!

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It sounds like you have a lot going on in your life! I know running a grow in and of itself but yours is a grow on steroids, brother! How do you juggle all the moving pieces in your life and manage to make it all work?

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Great questions Nick. We have a large grow but we also have a large team to manage that grow. Our motto at the farm is “Teamwork makes the dreamwork.” So luckily I manage my piece of the puzzle and trust in everyone else to do their part and we keep moving forward as a unit.

I am also a firm believer in a work-life balance and to sprinkle in some passion projects to keep the soul alive. So I always find time for the podcast, reading a good book, going to a conference and catching up with old friends. If you are organized and efficient, no juggling is necessary ;).

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Great question @ralpht. I want to get you the best answer, so let me inquire with our cultivation manager on this one. Hang tight!

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Hey there, GNET @memberdirectory, we are kicking off this AMA today a little bit early. Since we just released our newest Canna Cribs episode at the Los Sueños farm, we want to have everyone on the forum have the opportunity to ask Jarrod Mason your questions and tell him what you think. We are a forum driven by the engagement of all of you, so I invite you to jump on in and ask away!

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Great answer! What was it like to have our film crew out on the farm with you? Just another day in the life?

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I heard that you guys use chickens as part of your IPM program and I love that! Have you determined what kind of impact they’ve had on your overall pest issues? Also, do you know of any other operations implementing a similar strategy?

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ha! It was actually my first time on camera as well as many of the staff. So of course there were some nerves and beads of sweat dripping. Lucky Nate, Nick, Jason and the crew were professionals and made the whole thing a breeze.

It was quite interesting to see how much goes into a film production! No easy feet I can assure you that, so kudos to you guys for putting something like this together.

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@chrisD it is hard to quantify the effectiveness of the chickens, but it is most definitely apparent that they do help.

Chickens have been used as a natural pest protection for centuries, so I can’t say we are unique in any way. They have been used to control grasshoppers, various beetle species, slugs and many more.

I do know of at least two other outdoor cultivations in Colorado using chickens so others are catching on to this natural way to control pests.

Either way, as long as you don’t have any qualm with some chickens running around in your garden and the extra fertilizer, I would recommend them to everyone.

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Thank you!

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It’s a labor of love for the whole GN team, my brother! Thanks for being convivial hosts and opening the farm for the world to see!

What have been some of the biggest challenges setting up an operation of that scale? What has been your, ahem, growth strategy?

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@jarrodmason I saw in the CannaCribs episode, you have some really excellent technology monitor all sorts of climates and micro-sensor type data points. What kind of metrics are you and the business most interested in, and how do you keep track/report on it?

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META: (btw I am kind of new to these AMA’s). Does the AMA take place right here in this thread, or is there some external link?

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The AMA takes place right here in the thread. the purpose is for the whole community to be able to ask questions of industry leaders so that we all grow. :+1:

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That is a question that can go many directions.

Let’s start with our growth strategy because that will help to shine a light on our growing pains.

We have always tried to stay ahead of the curve and not be an organization simply reacting to industry changes. We continually study the industry and make adjustments to make sure we are focusing on the current needs of the industry but also preparing for what those needs may be down the road 5-10 years.

So in essence, we are trying to be those folks who are pushing and challenging the boundaries and creating the tomorrow. What this means is we have had to custom develop processes, procedures, machinery, thought processes and nearly most everything we need because there has not and is not a blueprint for us to follow. We are the ones writing the blueprint.

So everything from what to grow, when to clone, what nutrients, what IPM program, how to harvest, what processes to follow while harvesting, what machines to use, wet trim or dry trim, the number of employees we need for each stage of the cycle, how to sell, how to evaluate the market, how to penetrate and create new markets; these are all just a few of the challenges we have faced and had to come up with a plan around.

And with all this, we only get ONE chance each year to improve on last years struggles and keep pushing the boundary forward. One chance.

The good news is we have a team full of passionate problem solvers who have take on every challenge we have faced with courage and determination and we find a way to make it work.

The innovation and creativity in this industry is unmatched in my opinion. There will always be a challenge on the horizon, but we choose to face them with optimism and that has helped get us to where we are at today.

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