On the evening of April 13, disaster struck one of Washington’s most recognized brands, Rogue Raven Farms. Due to an alleged electrical short, a fire caught and consumed the roughly 55,000-square-foot facility next to Sanderson Field at the Port of Shelton. Thanks to the hard work of the firefighters and a quality engineered firewall, seven of the grow rooms were spared – and according to operations manager Jeff Harris, represents a glimmer of hope for the farm’s comeback. The case is still under investigation.
Fortunately for fans of the brand, a good amount of product had recently been sent off site to be cured, which means you’ll still be able to find Rogue Raven in stores. As a best-case scenario, Harris expects for the facility to be totally rebuilt and functional within a two-year time frame.
“We are a family and family doesn’t give up, so we’re doing all we can to make this as painless as possible,” says Harris. “The outpouring of support from the Cannabis community has been unbelievable. Ty Renquist at OGZ Fireweed and DJ Parker at Buddy Boy Farms have loaned their resources and offered as much employment as possible to those displaced from work.
“We’ve put so much effort into building this company and I just feel terrible for everyone who has been affected by this unfortunate circumstance,” he says. “When you least expect it, life has a way of kicking you in the teeth, but at Rogue Raven we truly believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And like a phoenix, we will rise from the ashes.”