Just as the wine world celebrates nearby Napa Valley's vineyards, this cannabis appellation elevates the Emerald Triangle, which covers Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity counties. It's all about spotlighting some of the best cannabis on the planet that's grown naturally, the old-school way, along with sharing the stories of the region's pioneers and next generation of cultivators who are staying true to Humboldt cannabis culture.
Experience the Unique Qualities of Natural Cannabis
Sold exclusively in California, Humboldt Appellation Initiative products include an array of outstanding sungrown and greenhouse flower sourced from the Emerald Triangle.
This flower takes on qualities from its environment, allowing the consumer to experience the plant in nature. From the subtle, earthy undertones of the soil, to unique terpene profiles influenced by the coastal climate and wind conditions, every harvest batch is distictly unique to the region.
Along with carefully cultivated flower and pre-rolls, concentrates and vapes will also be available—all processed in Humboldt County and sold under the brands Cookies, Lemonnade, Minntz, Runtz, and Grandiflora. Look for the Humboldt Appellation Initiative label that includes details on the source farm.
Cookies Partners and Featured Farms
There's no denying that California legalization sparked a new revolution. It's dividing the cash-grabbers who came to capitalize on the Green Rush, from those who have dedicated thier lives to the plant.
Cookies is proud to work with cultivation partners and breeders who are committed to supporting the Emerald Triangle community and its cannabis culture as one of America's original hubs for cannabis cultivation. Here are some quick hits about the farms that are part of Cookies' Humboldt Appellation Initiative:
Port Royal (Sungrown):
Created by Kevin Jodrey, a career cultivator, an internationally respected cannabis educator, a hunter of rare genetics and one of the most well-known growers in Humboldt County. He’s also a close friend of the Cookies family. At Port Royal, craft cannabis is what they do, putting their all into a “one-shot” outdoor crop each year at a site that dates back to the ’80s for cannabis cultivation. His farm, at 2,200 feet elevation, is sunny and windswept, which helps the plants develop into incredible flower that’s waxy, terpy and greasy.
One Log House (Sungrown / Greenhouse):
This 5-acre site operates as a Cookies research and development facility for cannabis genetics development, and features a large greenhouse and full-sun operation, along with a recreational-use dispensary and coffee shop that are popular tourist draws. Located in redwood country at the southern gateway to Humboldt County, the site also includes a processing facility for flower, where the vapes and concentrates that are part of the appellation initiative are manufactured and packaged.
Ridgeline Farms (Greenhouse):
Owned and operated by second-generation cultivator Jason Gellman, who was born and raised in Southern Humboldt. His deep connection to the land and the local community have allowed him to hone his craft and produce some of the finest cannabis to come out of the region. His experience shows in the Emerald Cup awards he received in the “sungrown” category in 2018 (<a href="https://theemeraldcup.com/2018-winners" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="Ridgeline wins first place in the "Sungrown" at Emerald Cup 2018 for Green Lantern">first place</a> for his Green Lantern cut) and<a href="https://theemeraldcup.com/award-winners-2019#/artist/flower-sungrown" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" title="Ridgeline takes three top-10 honors in 2019, for Runtz, Ice Cream Cake, and Green Lantern">three top-10 honors in 2019</a>, including first place for his famed Runtz cut (along with Ice Cream Cake and Green Lantern). Jason uses an organic growing methodology and is committed to quality over quantity, family values and environmental stewardship.
Sky High Humboldt (Greenhouse):
This family-run boutique farm in rural southern Humboldt County is operated by husband Sean and wife Rachel Maissen, who gained more than two decades of experience cultivating cannabis during the Proposition 215 era. With family rooted in the area for over 40 years, their love for the region and the plant drives them to share the virtues southern Humboldt Cannabis has with the rest of the state. Sean is a master of strain and phenotype selection, bringing new and exciting cultivars to market each year. These growers stay in tune with the natural and environmental processes affecting the growth of the plant and follow its subtle signals to finesse flower development, producing top-quality cannabis, season after season.
Outside of Humboldt County, Cookies is also partnering with Mendo, another Emerald Triangle grower based in Mendocino County.
Backstory: The Historic Rise of the Emerald Triangle
At Cookies, we're dedicated to offering authentic and innovative genetics, and the Emerald Triangle is as authentic as it gets.
It started with late-1960s counterculture, when a "back to the land" movement was born. People left the cities and migrated to rural areas across the U.S., seeking a new way of life by going off the grid, getting back to nature and living off the land. About the same time, President Richard Nixon officially declared a "War on Drugs" and launched a new era of prohibition that unfairly targeted cannabis.
For those "back to the landers" who had chosen to settle in coastal Northern California, they found it was a perfect place to grow just about anything. An ocean-influenced climate with long, mild growing seasons and abundant water made the area a prime location for outdoor cannabis cultivation. To support their families, some enterprising folks started growing cannabis.
With the risks of prohibition ever present, these cultivators secretly experimented with smuggled heirloom seeds from across the world and isolated phenotypes that grew well in this sparsely-populated region of dense forests and small farms tucked into mountainous terrain.
A tight-knit community formed as cannabis became a critical means for families to earn a living, despite its illicit status. These cultivators developed singular strains and created a thriving underground economy: In the height of prohibition, more than half of the nation's cannabis came from the Emerald Triangle.