Siobhan Danger Darwish has been growing cannabis in Humboldt County, California, for over 15 years. The farm she and her husband own and operate, Blessed Coast Farms, received a commercial cannabis cultivation permit in June of 2016—the first official permit of its kind in the state.
Darwish says she doesn't use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and that she tracks her water usage carefully.
“We believe that sustainability extends to setting a high standard for conduct, and we are working to show the community that the emerging legal cannabis industry is contributing to society, not taking from it,” says Darwish.
The legalization of cannabis also means that rural farmers like Darwish are no longer required to hide out in the mountains in order to cultivate their crops. Not having to conceal their grows means less fragmentation of forested land, as well as increased accountability regarding the production of the final product. And outdoor cultivation slashes energy needs by eliminating the need for lighting.
- National Geographic, Organic Weed? Marijuana Growers Go Green
The Humboldt Seed Company
"We noticed a definite uptick in interest in our company when our video went viral. With so much competition in the canna space, these days you really need to open up to media and the Grow Sisters are folks you can trust!
Not every media outlet has the best interest of the true Emerald Triangle farms in mind. I can truly say that the Grow Sisters are doing this for our community and that their hearts are in the right place. We will definitely be working with them in the future to promote our business.”
"To be a successful businesswoman in the Cannabis industry, you need other women who support, inspire, and empower you on your journey. But many female founders in this industry struggle to feel connected and find the support they need. Fortunately, Grow Sister’s are cultivating a thriving network of sisters for us to tap into as a source for laughter, information, ideas, and access to what we need in order to elevate our visions. Grow Sisters have definitely been a source of love and light for me and have helped attune my company, Bōsm Wellness, to a much higher vibration."
Brian MacIver, Associate Editor, Cannabis Business Times/Cannabis Dispensary Magazine
"Working with Siobhan Darwish and Grow Sisters really helped us find and target the right audience we wanted for our Cannabis 2018: Cultivation Conference in Oakland. Siobhan is one of the best people to work with and has deep roots in the California cannabis industry, making her the ideal person to partner with to attract cannabis cultivators to our event.
Her savvy use of different digital tools, whether that’d be the Grow Sisters YouTube channel, the Instagram page (with over 15,000 followers, and counting), or other social media, allowed us to leverage her network to grow our conference. One of the best things about the experience in marketing the conference was that Siobhan worked closely with us in developing a promotional program. She pitched ideas (including a quick interview with myself and managing editor Cassie Neiden), was proactive in asking for people to contact, and took our direction in stride—although she didn’t need much as she was quick to grasp our branding and goals.
At the event, Siobhan was posting updates to her social media using our #Cannabis2018 hashtag. She was a warm and welcoming presence and always spoke highly about the conference to attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors. Siobhan will definitely be someone we work with again for Cannabis 2019."
"Launching the Sister, Grow Your Own summer project was born from a deep-rooted passion to keep cannabis in the hands of the people as a basic human right and to reinstate independence. Learning to cultivate your own food and herbs is the most powerful tool we have as humans."
Siobhan Danger Darwish wants you — yes, you! — to get excited about the future of cannabis, because she is excited about the future of cannabis and her enthusiasm is contagious.
Darwish is the co-founder of the Grow Sisters, a collective of women in the cannabis industry, and also co-owns Humboldt County’s Blessed Coast Farms. She believes the cannabis industry is headed in the right direction, with women at the helm.
“The future is female for cannabis,” Darwish said.
The Grow Sisters started as a happy accident in 2017, when Darwish enlisted the help of her younger sister, Sloan Reed, during the time that Blessed Coast Farms received the first state-licensed cultivation permit in Humboldt County. As Darwish and Reed began filming themselves at work on the farm in order to document their standard procedures of operation, they realized that the resulting videos were sweet and funny — and totally legal to post online.
- Cannabis Now, You Grow Girl, How The Grow Sisters Spread Their Expertise
"We were honored to get the first permit and found that once we had it, we had no extra funds to pay someone to market our farm or products.
This was how the Grow Sisters were born!
While educating Sloan on how to cultivate, I realized that we could document our process and share it with others. In addition, this was a way to influence others in growing their own medicine organically, all while promoting our farm and encouraging us all to know where our cannabis comes from.
- The Emerald Magazine, Cultivating Craft Cannabis and Sisterhood