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SHADY COVE, Ore. -- One local cannabis farm is not just growing marijuana but also potatoes and garlic.
There's plenty of cannabis, potatoes and garlic to go around at Sunna Ra Acres in shady cove. Farm Manager Jon Cunningham said growing those two under the cannabis just made sense. Potatoes grow deep beneath the marijuana plants and garlic is a natural pesticide.
"The whole philosophy of that just goes to the diversity of what we're growing and what we've got in the soil and allowing the soil to do it's natural thing. Everything is just about balance," Cunningham added.
The farm isn't keeping more than 60 pounds of garlic and more than 100 pounds of potatoes for itself. The founders are donating most of it to the ACCESS Food Pantry as part of its new Grow & Give program.
“Growing all of this extra food is something we wanted to do to give back. It was very easy for us to grow these food crops amongst the cannabis," Sun Breeze Inc. Co-founder Brie Malarkey said.
The two hope other cannabis and hemp farmers in the valley will begin to do the same.
“This is just a small little thing that we can do… but I think if the cannabis and hemp growers really come together and focus on growing different foods …in 2019 as a community really give back to not only ACCESS but other food pantries," Malarkey added.
Sun Breeze Inc. is the parent company of Sunna Ra Acres and the two Breeze Botanicals dispensaries in Gold Hill and Ashland. Starting November 1st, the dispensaries will hold its third annual Food Donation Drive for ACCESS.