Courtesy Notice, Politely Written
One consultant stated “the bar was set way too high” to ever allow existing cultivators with small farms of less than 100 plants into the permitted market. Pointing to the fact that former Sheriff Downey had estimated the county held about 12,000 cultivation sites, the consultant said “At this point, I don’t think we will have more than a thousand legal farms in all of Humboldt County.”
Existing Facilities (Note: The following section in italics is being checked wit John Ford for possible errors)
The letters in part read,
Despite the challenges to applying, Ford encourages anyone who can participate to come in and talk to the Cannabis Services Staff. Once the deadline for that streamlined program ends, the County will move into an environmental review process that will include the cumulative impacts of fishing, logging, and existing permitted agriculture in each watershed and across the Eel River watershed while environmental advocates move forward with the process of listing the Summer Steelhead as a species “in danger of going extinct across most or all of its territorial range” under the Endangered Species Act.
The letters note that the County has observed activity they believe is cannabis cultivation. Ford says the letters are a request for a response. He said, “If it isn’t [marijuana cultivation,] contact us and tell us that. If it is, the County expects it to stop or [for the farmer to] get a permit and become legal.”
Not at all. For berries in the first year, however, the seeds need to be started indoors in late winter. The plants make neat, compact plants that are ideal for tucking into sunny spots along pathways, at the corners of vegetable plots and along flower bed edges. The plants make no runners, but they self-sow modestly.
Currently, both West Coast Seeds (WCS) and William Dam Seeds list Mignonette, which WCS describes as having berries “that are larger than most alpine strawberries. They are bright red, deliciously sweet. The compact perennial plants form pretty little mounds that will bear strawberries the first year.”
I save and scatter used coffee grounds, in modest amounts at a time, around the blueberries. The grounds are highly acidic and suitable for scattering around acid-loving plants.
I began growing them when I noticed a listing in a catalogue for a variety called Baron Solemacher. The next variety I grew was Alexandria. These named varieties, called “alpine” strawberries, are selected forms of the wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca). The alpines, though still small, are larger than the wild berries.