Growing Green for the Yuba 2020 Update: What Happens Now?

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In May 2019, Nevada County took the first positive step towards securing the legal future of cannabis in the Yuba River watershed by legalizing commercial cannabis cultivation. Unfortunately, as of January 2020, only an estimated one percent of all grows in Nevada County are currently legal.

While the County and our community work through this process, SYRCL remains committed to sharing information that protects the river from potential negative impacts from both legal and illegal cannabis cultivation through Growing Green for the Yuba.

SYRCL’s vision for Growing Green is that people will see that well-regulated agriculture – which is what cannabis cultivation could be – should not harm water quality, fish or wildlife. We’re addressing the sustainable cultivation issue through collaborative leadership, science, stewardship and education. As a community we can educate each other to ensure cannabis is grown in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way.

Want to know more? There are a number of exciting developments in Growing Green for the Yuba in 2020.

2020 Outreach and Educational Events

We’re excited to announce our next Growing Green event in partnership with the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance – our exciting Soil Building Workshop!

Building Healthy Soil for a Fruitful Harvest

When: April 3, 8:30am – 2:30pm
Where: The Northern Queen Inn, 402 Railroad Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: $20 – $45

In addition to this April workshop, you will find SYRCL’s Growing Green program at the following community events, thanks to the generosity of important community partners. We will be screening some of our Growing Green Best Management Practices videos and handing out new educational materials on compliance and cultivation tips.

Good to Grow Nevada County Free Cannabis Compliance Workshops

When: March 5 and May 6, 5-7pm
Where: Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: FREE!

Cannatopics Film Festival

When: March 20 – 22
Where: Various Venues, TBA
Cost: $20 – $60

Bee Heroic

When: March 3, 6-8pm
Where: Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, 230 Commercial St, Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: FREE!

Heart of Cannabis

When: April 25 & April 26, 11am-6pm
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959
Cost: Sunday Only – FREE!

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Growing Green? We would really appreciate your support. Contact our Development Coordinator Katy Gott katy@yubariver.org for more information, or our Policy Manager Ashley Overhouse ashley@yubariver.org.

Cannabis Appellations Regulations Released – Make Your Voice Heard!

Breaking News! The California Department of Food and Agriculture released the highly-anticipated regulations for cannabis appellations. Cannabis appellations are “a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of a product and how that product was produced”, e.g., France’s “Champagne” designation.

Want to know more about appellations? Check out the recording from SYRCL’s Cannabis Appellations workshop from the 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Activist Center.

The Appellations regulations help:

“(1) Establish standards by which a licensed cannabis cultivator may designate a county of origin for cannabis, and;
(2) Establish a process by which licensed cannabis cultivators may establish appellations of origin including standards, practices, and cultivars applicable to cannabis produced in a certain geographical area in California.”

Overall an exciting economic and potentially environmentally protective development for our community and the Yuba River watershed!

Comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted until Monday, April 6, 2020, via email to CDFA.CalCannabis_Appellations@cdfa.ca.gov or by mail to:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Attention: Kristi Armstrong
CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing
Proposed Appellations Regulations
P.O. Box 942871, Sacramento, CA 94271

Verbal comments also may be made or submitted in writing at the public hearing on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, from 1pm to 3pm, in the CDFA Auditorium at 1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

For tips on how to make effective comments about the proposed appellations regulations, please see “How to Submit Your Comments.”

New! Growing Green for the Yuba T-Shirts – Limited Supply, Get Yours Today!

Only $22 dollars!
Stop by the SYRCL office to pick yours up today.
313 Railroad Ave Suite #101 Nevada City, CA 95959

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