Founder and Owner, Humboldt Sun Growers Guild
Sequoyah, along with her husband, owns and operates a fully permitted small cannabis cultivation farm in Northern California’s renowned ‘Emerald Triangle’ – 8 Mile Family Farms. Sequoyah recognized early on an opportunity to either get involved and engaged with the process of regulatory development or risk not having an attainable path to licensure. Early in 2014 she committed to preserving the heritage and legacy of existing small operators across the state and ensuring their best possible chance at success. She felt that the key to this success was to spread the spirit of ‘co-opetition’, acquire and share as much information as possible, have the courage to speak up and tell their story and organize and advocate for good policy.
Sequoyah has had an integral role in networking farmers in rural Northern California as part of an organization initially modeled after an agricultural cooperative known as the Humboldt Sun Growers Guild.
In creating this model Sequoyah has been leading the way in collaboratively achieving efficiencies of scale by:
- Reducing individual operators operational costs
- Developing relationships with supply chain operators throughout California and creating brand recognition
- Current brands include:
- True Humboldt (COA tested pre-packaged Premium Sun Grown Cannabis Products grown in Humboldt County)
- Region Cannabis (COA tested pre-packaged Sun Grown Cannabis from any Region )
- Farmer’s Share (R&D Tested White label, Wholesale Aggregation and BioMass from any region)
- Progressively developing infrastructure improvements
- Developing a grading system to ensure all operators are speaking the same language about quality and standards
- Educating farmers on:
- The steps they need to establish their individual business structures
- Understanding and Complying with the regulatory framework mandated by both state and local authorities as well as Understanding and adhering to the complex tax laws
- Being educated on and implementing best management practices on their farms
- Current brands include:
Sequoyah has shown her commitment to ensuring the development of good policy for cannabis operators both locally and across the state by serving on:
- 2014 to current - Board of Director’s of the California Growers Association (Current Treasurer)
- Active role on both the CGA Policy Committee and Co-Operative Development committees
- Ensuring as many small existing operators in California have a path to licensure, reducing barriers to entry for all operators and creating the infrastructure for small producers to work together to be successful by having tools available to them to collectively achieve efficiencies of scale and reduce operational costs.
- 2017 to current - Supporting the policy and advocacy work of the International Cannabis Farmers Association
- Advocating for good policy for Sun Grown Cannabis Cultivators
- 2014-2016 - Board of Director (Treasurer) California Cannabis Voice – Humboldt
- Responsible for developing the first Commercial Cannabis Land Use Ordinance for Humboldt County
Sequoyah hopes to continue being a part of developing sensible regulation and reducing barriers to entry for all operators to achieve success in the California marketplace and moving forward into the developing inter-state and international marketplace.