On the Farm with Ladybug
Tucked into the heart of the Pajaro Valley in Monterey County rests Ladybug Farms, a 4th-generation family-owned flower business that produces some of the finest California-grown cannabis. With a rich history for growing ornamental flowers and succulents (which you may have owned in your home or garden), the family has now created a successful cannabis growing operation that produces premium flower for some of your favorite Old Pal products.
As part of our "Farm High-lites" series, we sat down with our friends at Ladybug to talk about their storied history, love of family, and dedication to creating high-quality ganja goodness.
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FARM AND HOW IT'S STAYED IN THE FAMILY FOR SO LONG?
Every business starts with a dream. Our great grandfather came from Northern Ireland and started a floral nursery in the Bay Area. Later his son followed in his footsteps and opened his own farm. He went on to have children of his own, one being our father, who had a passion for flowers and this led to him starting his own farm and then on to us!
800,000 SQUARE FEET IS A LOT OF SPACE TO GROW THE PLANT! CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT IT LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE WHEN YOU WALK INTO THE GROUNDS?
Walking through Ladybug Farms is incredible! We are an all greenhouse facility and once you step through those sliding doors you are met with endless rows of beautiful Cannabis plants. Not only do they look great, but they smell just as good.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT GROWING CANNABIS?
As you know, we did wholesale flowers before we got into cannabis. And a lot of our draw to cannabis was the medicinal element and that we wanted to help people and bring joy to their lives - like flowers. There's many different flowers you can grow, and we saw that in cannabis, too. So we thought, why not branch off into this amazing industry and continue the evolution of our family's story.
WHAT'S THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME LADYBUG?
There's a great origin story! Our grandma who passed away always said, "when you see a ladybug, always think of me." So when we started this business, we thought why not call it Ladybug Farm, naming it for our grandma.
ARE LADYBUGS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE FARM NOW?
There's been so many instances where we've had experiences with ladybugs when there shouldn't have been a ladybug there at all. Like taking a picture amidst the 30 acres of greenhouses and the one plant (out of thousands) we choose to photograph has a ladybug on it. It's just nice to know grandma's always looking out for us.
SO GRANDMA MAKES REGULAR APPEARANCES AROUND THE FARM?
We love to photograph our farm for our social media accounts and always end up capturing at least one image of a flower with a ladybug on it. In cannabis compliance, every plant must have an identification tag. Many times we hear our employees talk about how many ladybugs they saw while tagging the plants. Which brings lots of life to the name of Ladybug Farms.
WHAT MAKES LADYBUG FARMS SPECIAL TO YOU?
Unlike a normal job where you go to work, leave your family, and go home, here you go to work with your family and you never feel like you're leaving home. You know, you never feel sad and you always just have a happy feeling. The employees are like family, one big happy family.
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OLD PAL FARM HIGH-LITES SERIES
The Old Pal Farm High-lite series was created as a way to celebrate our radical community of growing partners. When you buy Old Pal products, you are also supporting local, trusted farmers that work hard to provide the highest-quality product for you and your pals to enjoy. We hope these nuggets of inspiration provide more insight, greater transparency, and a deeper appreciation for the cosmic cannabis you love so much.