Sacrificing Quantity, for Quality.

North Fork Garden Society

North Fork Garden Society grew out of the vision of two people, Tekla Broz and Denny Lopiano. We have lived in the small rural town of Covelo, in Mendocino County, for over 30 years. I taught at the elementary school, and Denny was the chef/owner of the North Fork Café.

Every plant cared for by us, every day.

Growing small amounts of medicine for over 40 years.

North Fork Garden Society grew out of the vision of two people, Tekla Broz and Denny Lopiano. We have lived in the small rural town of Covelo, in Mendocino County, for over 30 years. I taught at the elementary school, and Denny was the chef/owner of the North Fork Café, a much-loved fine dining restaurant that was a social center for our town for 26 years. An unfortunate fire destroyed our restaurant last year, but we are putting our attention on the future, and part of that future is growing quality cannabis.

We are long-time legacy farmers, growing small amounts of cannabis medicine for over 40 years. I grew up in San Francisco, and as a teenager in the Sixties, was part of the culture of love and peace that spawned a new awareness of the value of the environment, organic food and products, love and tolerance of all humans, freedom of self- expression and personal creativity. Denny grew up in upstate New York, amidst farms and rural cultivation and moved to California in the Seventies. He has been a chef for all these years, and brings his good sense of taste and smell to our creation of organic medicine.

We live in the middle of the small rural mountain town of Covelo, in beautiful Round Valley, in Mendocino County, California, beside and amidst Round Valley Native American Reservation residents and a varied vibrant community of isolationists, cowboys, elders and youth.

We live on one acre, and our farm is in our backyard, protected against wind and dust by tall wooden fences. Our garden has been organic for the entire time we have lived here, over 30 years. We have grown a variety of veggies and flowers, and a large part of our property is drought resistant cover and plants. We make our own soil by composting kitchen scraps plus our grass clippings, plus organic chicken manure. We water using timers sparingly and carefully from our well and are part of the local sewer system so there is no chance of contamination. We use solar panels to generate over half of the electricity we use and use rechargeable electric tools to mow, prune and trim for fire suppression.

Our cannabis is concentrated into one 2,500 square foot patch, and our veggie garden is right next to it, along with a green house in which we grow early and late veggie crops. We top dress all of our plants with our own dark composted soil. Right outside the garden we are planting a variety of fruit trees. We are in the process of expanding the veggies to the remaining quarter of the property in raised beds. In the winter, we plant a cover crop to turn under in the spring.

Our goal in growing cannabis is to make the best possible quality medicine, using regenerative methods, and sacrificing quantity for quality. We touch every plant every day, and we have no employees, because we can do it ourselves. We are trimming and packaging ourselves. It’s a lot of work, but we feel that if the end product, made with such love, can make people happy and healthy then that is worth it.

Sincerely, Tekla Broz

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