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Little Slice of Heaven

Five full-time and 12 part-time employees help to harvest and trim a total of 1,000 pounds each year. 

Our arrival at 54 Green Acres was nothing short of familial feeling, complete with a warm welcome that assured us we were right at home. Their employees were busy at work in the process of harvesting fresh frozen material that would soon be turned into many forms of delicious extracts and concentrates. For this part of the harvest, they remove the fan leaves from the plant, then buck the colas into bags. 

Their crew was packing strains like Hindu Kush, Sundae Driver, Green Dragon and Huckleberry Diesel into 3.5 to 4 pound, vacuum-sealed bags that went directly into their space-age freezer unit, currently reading -10 degrees and with a storage capacity of up to 3,000 pounds of fresh frozen material. When the work is done, you can expect to see 54 Green Acres’ products offered via Chalice Dispensaries in the form of live resin cartridges and much more. 

Being that their operation is Certified Kind, you can feel safe and rest assured that all of the products that come out of 54 Green Acres are as medicinally valuable as can be.

Originally a TV show about an actress and a lawyer moving to the countryside to start a new life, 54 Green Acres’ background history and the story are very similar. Owners Vin and Kate Deschamps originally moved away from their busy lives in California in August of 2014 to get closer to a more laid-back and peaceful lifestyle. Recreational Cannabis had just rolled out, and Vin knew this was the perfect time to make their move. After a month of looking around at properties, Vin bought their “little slice of heaven,” aka 54 Green Acres, and gave it to his wife as a birthday gift. Once they moved onto the property, Vin and Kate grew 12 medical plants and harvested 40 pounds of Cannabis. They trimmed it all themselves and worked closely with dispensary Cannabliss, all of which gave them a better understanding and appreciation for the many facets of cultivation. Fast forward to today, their team of five full-time and 12 part-time employees help to harvest and trim a total of 1,000 pounds each year. 

Their breathtaking location in Cave Junction is home to 15 beehives, apple trees, chickens, rabbits, and much more wildlife. Being that their operation is Certified Kind, you can feel safe and rest assured that all of the products that come out of 54 Green Acres are as medicinally valuable as can be. Everything here is organic and herbicide/pesticide-free. Utilizing fresh river water, their plants have the perfect pH of 7.1 that naturally gives them everything they crave and need. With an abundant supply of chicken and rabbit manure, they put it to good use and add it into their compost. 

The most notable sight we saw during our visit were definitely their 18-foot Pineapple plants. These things towered over us … smelling like sweet and ripe, tropical fruit.

An important fact to note about this company is that all of their genetics are grown from clones. Each cycle, they select the healthiest clones possible. Overall, this ensures that the genetics are remarkably stable, offering the most terpenes and cannabinoids imaginable. While speaking about terpenes, our team was blown away by all of the new smells and sights we encountered during our visit. 

The first wonder of a plant we stumbled upon was Decibel Farms’ cut of Banana Punch. This genetic was given to them for the 2021 Oregon Grower Cup and will remain a solid strain in their garden. Directly next to the Banana Punch was their jaw-dropping Blackberry Kush, which displayed purple and pink pistils that were otherworldly. 

The most notable sight we saw during our visit was definitely their 18-foot Pineapple plants. These things towered over us higher than any other plants have, smelling like sweet and ripe tropical fruit. Our team was also beyond stoked to see some nostalgic strains like Kali (Hawaiian Blueberry x AK47), Jack Herer, Lemon Kush and their almighty Huckleberry Diesel. All of the plants were thriving with life and looked as healthy as can be. “Happy people, happy plants,” said owner Vin. 

They also had a unique cut of Green Dragon that was given to them by the Snodgrass Family. Unfortunately, the Snodgrass team lost their original genetics, but 54 Green Acres was nice enough to give them their strain back to keep it alive. 

It is no surprise that this company has developed such a strong reputation for growing high THC strains, complete with terpene profiles to match. Their regenerative, sungrown operation is commendable, and others should view it as an example of how we can all do better. Their genetics are increasingly stellar year after year, so we can’t wait to see what they are up to next!

Product Review

Green Dragon 

Green Dragon by 54 Green Acres offers a unique Cannabis experience from the diesel-infused inhale to the citrus-green-apple exhale, to the sweet, earthy finish. The flower’s terptastic hits offer both a body buzz and a creative, talkative high. The Elysium Fields Black Label Green Dragon cartridge has 10% terpenes and the same delightful flavors, bringing a heady punch in a consistently-hitting, clog-free cart. For the casual smoker, one hit may be more than enough to experience both the flavors and the high – while the harder-headed frequent smoker who enjoys an OMG high, will be surprised by how pure and overpowering an experience the Green Dragon vape provides from their second or third hit. Less is more from this cartridge!

Photos by @_siraynot_

About Max Early

Max Early is the State Director of Oregon Leaf Magazine. In this role, Max looks after/coordinates/manages/leads a team providing insight into all aspects of the cannabis industry, including processing and producing knowledge. Solventless concentrates are a quintessential part of his day-to-day life and help him stay balanced. Cannabis has impacted his existence and many close loved ones in such a positive way that he can't imagine life without it!

This article was originally published in the November 2021 issue of all Leaf Magazines.

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