YEARS IN REGION
We chose a climate for our farm location that is naturally arid, reducing the need for dehumidification. The limited lighting we use in the wintertime, produces natural heat and offsets the cold temperatures outside the smart technology greenhouse. We circulate filtered, outside air that is naturally arid to reduce humidity.
We use a smart technology, solid structure green house with a polyethylene weave roof and sides to protect our plants from the elements while using filtered sunlight to maximize light to the plants. We use an automatic light deprivation curtain system that allows us to grow four crops per year, using the sun. We plan for the future installation of solar panels that will store sunlight to power the supplemental lighting we use in the winter.
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We believe in livable wages. Our entry-level wages in eastern Washington for agricultural and processing workers are $11/hr. We pay performance bonuses that increase the hourly wage. Our average wages at the farm are $13/hr. Our wages for western Washington workers are higher to accommodate the increased housing costs. We plan to offer health insurance for all full-time employees, beginning January 1, 2017.
We are owned and operated by 50% women. Upon hire, we educate our team with an employee manual that instructs about our policies of non-discrimination and a safe and respectful workplace. Although many of our employees work for us seasonally, we are proud to have hired employees of different sexual orientations, races, genders, ages, as well as military veterans, and those with disabilities.
We have a mutually respectful, supportive and enthusiastic relationship with our community. We have an open door policy where our community can experience our hospitality at the farm. We have relied on local businesses as much as possible for the goods and services we need. We have opened our farm to tours so that the community can get to know us, our ethics, and how we do business. We have worked with Bryson Chin and Fernando of Dockside at their trash clean-up events to highlight the need for sustainable packaging solutions in this industry.
We regularly take calls and answer questions from other I-502 businesses. The owners of Soulshine asked us about where to source compostable packaging and we were glad to tell them. We have answered that question for three other processors as well. We have given tours to other producers so that can see our facilities and how we do things.
We have done our best to be a model of ethical and conscientious farming and production in this industry. We educate our end consumers about the complexities of cannabis beyond "weed" and THC percentages. All of our flower is profiled for terpenes, the elements of the flower that influence the effects in the consumer. We open our farm to tours, so that all who come, can see and understand for themselves the goodness of the plants and how it contributes to our society.
We use 100% compostable packaging in our Quincy Green and Green Tara lines. Our Quincy Buds line uses compostable bags and paper and recyclable metal materials. There is nothing in our packaging that should be put into a landfill.
We use a low-pressure drip system near the roots of our plants to conserve water.
We raise awareness of this issue by introducing it at every opportunity into conversations that include cannabis. We advocate for the pardons and expungement of records of marijuana convictions. We support political leaders, who understand the issue and are ready to remedy the injustice with progressive legislation that removes the barriers to entry. Where so much of business success is based upon "who you know," we actively seek to network with people of color so that when the barriers are removed, they have an established circle of friends to rely on for smoother entry into the industry. We plan to have employee ownership in our business and will seek out and include persons of color in that ownership.
We use predatory mites and clean, careful handling protocols to protect our plants from pests. We supplement with a rotation of only organic plant protection that includes citric acid, neem oil, corn and soybean oils, and potassium salts. We use only organic nutrients and brew our own compost teas.
HEALTH & SAFETY
We are inspired by the properties of medical cannabis and have pledged to sell our medically compliant cannabis at the same price as our recreational cannabis, despite the significant increased costs of medical cannabis production. All of our flower is hand trimmed, which means that each and every bud that is sold is individually inspected twice: once at the time of trimming and once at the time of packaging. At each stage, we look for impurities and discard those that do not meet our high standards.
For a company new to the industry, Quincy’s commitment to sustainability is impressive, thorough, and thoughtful, as well as quite a remarkable undertaking for a start-up. Their commitment to people and the environment is holistic and integrated, and we look forward to see how they will grow and push the industry with their leadership. And, their design and communication of sustainability is exquisite, we love that too. Bravo, Quincy!