Season 4 Episode 1
by Jeremy Deichen
Exploring the Heart of Cannabis Cultivation: A Journey with Craig Nejedly
In the lush landscapes of Humboldt, California, where the winds whisper secrets to the towering trees and the air is laced with the aroma of possibility, a story of innovation and dedication unfolds. In a captivating video, Justin takes us on an extraordinary journey through the heart of the cannabis cultivation industry, led by none other than Craig Nejedly, a true pioneer whose passion for cannabis has spanned over two and a half decades.
The adventure begins in an unexpected location – the back of a skate shop – where Craig Nejedly’s cannabis cultivation journey was sown. Over 25 years ago, he started in a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco, in a time when the industry was far from refined. As Craig reminisces, “This was like 1998; we didn’t even know carbon filters existed.” The unfiltered honesty of those early days, where the scent of the plant would envelop whole buildings, reveals just how far the industry has come.
From those humble beginnings, Craig’s journey has led him to become a trailblazer in both indoor and outdoor cultivation. Nestled behind his skate shop is one of his legacy gardens, a room that has remained hidden since 2010, a testament to the pre-legalization era. As Justin guides us through this once-secret operation, the legacy of those who paved the way becomes tangible.
But Craig’s influence reaches beyond cultivation. He’s an entrepreneur with a vision rooted in sustainability, a founder of the Satori Movement – a brand synonymous with pure awareness and living in the present moment. As he describes it, “It means pure awareness and a sense of enlightenment, but it is kinda like that mindful flow of just doing something… not thinking about it, and it just happens.” This ethos seeps into his cannabis endeavors, where innovation meets conscientiousness.
The journey continues into a cutting-edge production and processing facility, where technology and automation blend seamlessly with the legacy of the land. In a world where automation reigns, the symphony of machinery crafting exceptional products for Craig’s renowned line, Talking Trees, is a sight to behold. Here, the fusion of tradition and modernity is striking, a tribute to an industry in evolution.
Yet, it’s within the confines of a frigid shipping container that true artistry is witnessed. Here, a team of individuals, bundled against the cold, engage in the age-old practice of sifting and washing fresh frozen to create bubble hash. While it may seem rudimentary, this delicate dance of technique and passion is the embodiment of a craft that has stood the test of time.
As the journey winds its way to a remote farm, the untouched beauty of Humboldt’s landscapes unfolds. This region, with its rugged roads and breathtaking vistas, has long been a haven for those seeking a simpler existence. Since the 1960s and 70s, people have flocked to these hills, finding freedom in living off the land, cultivating not just crops but a way of life. The remoteness offers privacy, the elevation unveils awe-inspiring panoramas, and the entire experience fosters a deeper connection to nature.
As the sun sets on this remarkable day, the admiration for Craig Nejedly and his dedication to the plant is undeniable. Through this video journey, Justin has offered us a glimpse into the life of a pioneer who has left an indelible mark on the cannabis cultivation industry. As we bid adieu to this captivating exploration, one thing is clear – the growth of cannabis extends beyond cultivation; it’s a testament to human innovation, sustainability, and an unbreakable bond with nature.
Until the next adventure, the grow has been exposed, and the legacy lives on.