By Patrick Wagner
CENTRAL WASHINGTON — Before becoming a licensed Tier III producer, Wildman Aaron had worked for the railroad industry, the Department of Corrections, the Coast Guard and even owned a tavern and a deli. Aaron has now partnered with Teach Karl, Nana Erika and Shogun Robert to form Green Source Farms in Central Washington. The foursome who own and operate Green Source Farms do so under nicknames, to protect their identities from banks looking to shut down accounts owned by licensed growers.
Green Source Farms represents a dedicated return to nature that follows the USDA organic guidelines, to maintain and deliver the most natural cannabis flower that can grow in the Pacific Northwest. Even the use of motor vehicles has been removed by the four owners due to the possibility of exhaust-related containments seeping into the soil.
“This has to do with maintaining as pure a product as possible,” Aaron explained. “We’ve had to use some heavy construction equipment to prepare our growing site, but it was done with a great amount of caution to ensure that we didn’t introduce any contaminates into the soil.”
This also means that Green Source Farms does all its agricultural work by hand. In the winter, the team takes the operation indoors to its greenhouse where plant growth can be monitored easily. However, in the summer and leading up until September, the operation grows tenfold for the outdoor Tier 3 production.
Harvesting, for many, includes use of machinery and vehicles, but at Green Source Farms the harvests are reaped by hand. This physical connection to nature stands to be much more than just a separating factor between Green Source Farms and other producers. For Aaron and his co-founders at Green Source Farms, it seems to have a more profound implication.
“Being that close to nature allows one to breathe the fullness of life which inspires one to breathe a deeper breath, laugh a deeper laugh, and love a deeper love,” Aaron said.
As of now, between studying to be a falconer, managing his 70-plus domain names and traveling with the railroad companies, Aaron and Green Source Farms promise to maintain the most natural atmosphere possible.