By Christian Kallen, Sonoma News, July 20, 2017
Sonoma Valley turkey ranch turns its soil to cannabis cultivation
An old turkey ranch near Glen Ellen is the site of a very new business model, applying biodynamic principals that have worked well in grape production and other agricultural practices to the rapidly-growing field of legal cannabis cultivation.
SPARC, a medical cannabis cultivator started in San Francisco (as the San Francisco Patient and Resource Center), moved into Sonoma County earlier this year with the purchase of Peace in Medicine, a medical dispensary with locations in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa.
But it’s their ability to cultivate marijuana that’s the cornerstone of their “vertically-integrated” business, said Erich Pearson at the former Gordenker Turkey Ranch off Highway 12.
“We have to continue to cultivate,” he stressed. “We have our existing members at our dispensary that are counting on the medicine that we grow.”