In the port of Tacoma, life is simultaneously slow and hectic. International cargo ships, containers and the lot transfer between land and sea at an ever-constant ebb and flow, similar to a quaint little farm that lies within its confines. The farm I am referencing is THC Farms, a tier 3 producer/processor of impressive stature. Nearly 40,000 square feet of canopy space is something that the folks at THC Farms do not take lightly, and as a matter of fact, look to capitalize on by not only maintaining a “traditional” cannabis facility, but also sourcing a genetics master and other sources of creative cannabis developments.
Walking through the warehouse where THC Farms is currently located renders most speechless, due to its sheer size and setup. An ex-manufacturing warehouse from China, the property was purchased in shambles nearly four years ago by owner/lead horticulturist Shon Camenzid.
“When we bought this building we knew two things: we got a great deal on this place, and also that we had mountains that needed moving before we could proceed forward,” Camenzid mentions of their overhaul mission, prior to establishing the gardens, lab, and trim room that occupy this space today.
The setup at THC Farms could be perceived as a simple one, but so could rockets. I mean, just throw a shell together, fill it up with jet-fuel, and go to the moon, right? No. While NFT-style hydroponic growing is at its heart, master engineer, and owner Camenzid proudly touts that “this is completely revolutionary setup that I’ve designed... Everyone will be growing like this in 10 years after they discover how efficient it is all around.”
By the looks of things around the garden, this seems to hold true. Walking down a 50-yard hallway filled with different areas for extracting, packaging, nutrients/water, you notice one thing above all else: the lack of humans! Functions at the farm tend to be monitored and regulated with systems controllable by cell phone and computer, leading to very low worldly-interference and variables, like dirty hands touching products, or inconsistent feeding and watering due in part to varying understandings of what is needed – normal human stuff, essentially.
From the vegetation room, which houses in-house genetics guru Gordon Long and seed guy Dave, to the very end of the line, which is the packaging department, every aspect is optimized for minimal interference and maximum efficiency. A blast-proof extraction room for the hydrocarbon-focused fellas, and a supercritical Co2 extraction machine that is 15-plus feet tall keep the extraction techs at the farm happy as stoned crabs. The rooms that house the flowering cannabis plants on the farm are sealed with an intricate pressurization system, and receive a constant flow of Co2 for healthy growth, and also an organic pest treatment.
One of the products coming from this farm is the ever popular Rapper Kush cannabis-flower, concentrate, and pre-rolled joints, a classically coffee-esque kush strain that relieves aches and stress, but also tends to keep you motivated. They also offer a highly-gassy and classic sour diesel, known regionally as Terry’s Cut Sour Diesel, the finest example of what we all know as diesel on the market to date!
“What we do here is nothing new. NFT has been around for many decades, but the small changes and techniques which we practice set us apart and aid in producing some of the best cannabis in the state,” says Will Arnesen, horticultural supervisor at THC Farms and former botanist with the United States Forest Service.
Tours at the farm are a regular occurrence, so I suggest contacting someone ASAP to schedule a walk through. With summer approaching, and the inevitable return of pests and molds, tours may not be continuing through the summer, but reach out to the folks at the farm to discuss options, because if you take the tour, you will be blown away.