Season 2 Episode 11
Growing Exposed is the number one show for the cannabis fan. It takes viewers inside the biggest grows in the country at the same time as exploring today’s cannabis culture. Hosts Justin Cooper and Amanda MacKay get exclusive access to all the best industry events and gardens; and today’s episode is no exception.
We travel to Desert Hot Springs, the first city in California to permit the commercial cultivation of cannabis back in 2014. Desert Hot Springs is a very cannabis growing friendly city, it’s only a couple hours away from bustling Los Angeles, and is quickly becoming known as a growers paradise.
Today, we are taking you inside High Life Farms where we will introduce you to Sheldon Aberman, the man who designed this 80,000 square foot mega facility. We will take a look inside every aspect of their operation and discover how they are able to consistently deliver top shelf, state of the art, homogenized marijuana.
Our tour starts in the heart of the facility, the reservoir room where they filter 25,000 gallons of water a day to make some of the dirtiest water in California, fresh and clean and ready for cultivation. We learn how despite being in the desert, there is an abundant supply of water in the area.
Next we go to the mother room, where all the magic begins. While there, Sheldon explains how Desert Hot Springs has become a forefront in the cannabis growing industry by providing tax cuts, cheap land, and by striving to be cost efficient, which is difficult to achieve in nearby Los Angeles. He further explains how his twenty plus years in the cannabis business has given him the unique skills to design and run a facility of this scale. His passion for the plant has allowed him to become a pioneer in the industry and achieve huge success.
At High Life Farms they strive to deliver a consistent flow of cannabis to the consumer and in order to do that, they have eight separate rooms to ensure they have a perpetual harvest, with plants always ready to come down. We learn why redundancy is key when it comes to growing quality plants.
We check out the clone room and see all the baby plants in the nursery. We go inside the veg room and see how the plants look two weeks after leaving the clone room; there they will stay for about 21 days before moving to one of eight flower rooms. Every room in the facility is clean and Sheldon explains why clean gardens perform better. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” After that, we go inside several flower rooms to compare the different stages of flower growth.
Sheldon then goes in depth about High Life Farms CO2 injection system, and Justin is impressed by the attention to detail. We see how High Life Farms handles the huge amounts of visitors to the facility without bothering the plants. Justin and Sheldon go into detail about the lighting system used at High Life Farms and we get some insiders tips from the pros.
Speaking of a growing pro, next we visit David Robinson, in teachings of the Garden Sage, so he can explain the purpose of CO2 in a cannabis garden. CO2 is one of the fundamental building blocks of plant structure and David goes into detail on how to maximize CO2 to achieve maximum yield in any indoor garden.
Also, we travel to Sugar Leaf Farms to speak with Scott and Drew from Boveda, leaders in two-way humidity control, to learn more about the cannabis curing process and check out some of their best selling products.
Back at High Life Farms we delve into the curing process and see how they grow one million dollars worth of bud…every month. We discover what humidity they use in the room while they process over $300,00 worth of cannabis each week. They use a system of hand trim and machine trim to get maximum results.
That concludes our tour of High Life Farms but for more episodes of Growing Exposed, check out our archives at Growing Exposed.com, and as always look for us on social media. This Grow…has been exposed.