Cannabis cultivation at scale is at the heart of what we do. This is why harvest is the most exciting time of the year. It’s when all the magic happens. It’s also a celebratory time when the folks on our field operations team, who have worked tirelessly for months on end tending our farm, can relish in their labor of love.
We work in one of the finest agricultural regions in the world — the San Joaquin Valley in the foothills of the Diablo Range — and are proud to bring scaled cannabis farming to the land’s rich history.
Mechanical Harvesting for True Scale
The greatest benefit of mechanical harvesting is its efficiency and the yield it brings. High-volume essential oil extraction is critical for meeting the growing demand of our customers across the country and beyond.
Using mechanical harvesting also speeds up the rate we can get our EO processed without affecting the quality of the harvest in the slightest.
This season, to keep our tradition of picking flowers at peak ripeness, we added a second harvest team which increased our capacity to ten tons per hour.
Taking Center Stage: The 2022 Vintage
Each vintage of Fresh Never Frozen® tells a unique story that can never be replicated. Each one is a celebration of nature’s elements and the expressions of the California terroir.
The 2022 vintage — our fourth — will be remembered as a vintage of resilience and bounty. Initial field sampling of the oils are proving the 2022 vintage to be our finest work to date, showing spectacular structure and richness across all flavor profiles. Its full potential and story will unravel as it goes through processing and refinement.
This season, (last) December was one of the wettest on record, unlike the previous year which was our driest. This was still not enough to break drought conditions throughout the state. Meticulous field work began as soon as the grounds were dry enough to work up. Our late harvest in 2021 also delayed field work, pushing our planting date deep into the summer. The early stresses of 100 degree days made the infant crops exceptionally resilient — they basked in a Labor Day heatwave that lasted over ten days.
The season later brought us an early rain, allowing the plants to rinse off and develop new depths of complexity as they headed towards maturity. Warm days and cool nights topped off with mild winds brought them ideal ripening conditions.