In rural Western Massachusetts, somewhere in the borderland between the Commonwealth and New York State, resides a 51-acre parcel of land in West Stockbridge. Meet Wiseacre Farm.
On nine of those acres are ornery pigs, braying donkeys, chickens, bees, cows and other livestock comprising the sustainable farm where owner Jon Piaseki’s first crop of “artisanal” sungrown Cannabis was grown this past season. He’ll be rolling it out to the market exclusively at Canna Provisions stores in Western Mass in December.
Piaseki –– an artist, Harvard graduate, master stonemason and landscape architect-slash-earth scientist –– met Canna Provisions COO Erik Williams two years ago. And after giving him a smell preview of an early crop of Golden Bough, the proprietary launch strain of Jon’s creation, Williams closed the bag and said he’d take everything.
An exclusive first-look provides an olfactory experience heavy with rich pine and pepper, as well as constant citrus fireworks via a Black Lime Special Reserve parent strain (the other parents remain proprietary and secret). Dense bud weight –– clearly from being seeped in sun and fed compost from the waste and byproducts on the farm, plus simple, pure rain water –– was supercharged thanks to the spacious grow allowing for optimal air circulation and full sun pouring in over the hills during the season.
“Chem was blown away by the autoflowered colas,” Piaseki said of his consulting grow partner at Wiseacre, Greg “Chemdog” Krzanowski, Canna Provisions’ Director of Cultivation.
The process yielded buds the size of soda cans; no small feat in the bucolic Berkshires, and the sun-drenched grow method let the plants display the full range of natural terpenes and cannabinoids you don’t get under the lights, according to Piaseki. As a grower and naturalist, Piaseki favors genetic diversity, as he feels it’s the best way to honor the plant.
“This is a living plant that is outdoors and has the taste and terroir of this place I’ve been foraging for years,” Piaseki says. “There is nothing but love in Golden Bough, and you can taste it.”
Available exclusively at Canna Provisions 380 Dwight St. Holyoke, MA. 01040
This article was originally published in the December 2020 issue of Northeast Leaf.
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