Mendocino Craft Farmers’ Auction brings cannabis community together for greater good
The Emerald Triangle is a tight-knit community steeped in tradition where the residents of the region stick together through thick and thin. Despite monumental challenges, cannabis farmers are joining forces to help support causes beyond their industry.
The 2nd annual Mendocino Craft Farmers’ Auction, coming up on June 17th at the Brambles in Anderson Valley, will see local cultivators and craftspeople come together to raise funds for two worthy organizations.
Benefiting the Mendocino Land Trust and the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County, the event will feature live and silent auctions presided over by Johnny Bessolo. Guests will also be treated to an elegant dinner under the redwoods from Chef Dan Hagopian of Sonoma Market, local wine and pre-rolls from a roving “Joint Girl,” and entertainment, including a set from DJ Zack Darling. A chance to mix and mingle with legacy growers and fellow cannabis enthusiasts (who are likely to be generous with their wares as a way to match the generosity of the attendees) will likely be a highlight for many (no pun intended).
The event, which was first conceived by Nikki Lastreto of Swami Select, is a way for the cannabis community to showcase their craft while giving back. Lastreto, who grew up in San Franciso and now resides in Mendocino, was inspired by the Napa Valley Wine Auction that has raised millions for local charities.
“I figured, if Napa can do it, so can Mendocino, with our highly respected cannabis being the draw,” Lastreto told GreenState via email. “I wanted to show the world that Mendocino can do it with style too, that we aren’t just a bunch of stoned-out hippies in the hills growing pot, but artisans who have refined an ancient skill into cultivating the award-winning cannabis.”
Last year’s inaugural Mendocino Craft Farmers’ Auction was a big success, raising $20,000 for the Redwood Community Services’ mental health section, according to Lastreto. In addition to supporting organizations in the area, the event is also a way for Emerald Triangle cultivators to create joy in a time of darkness.
“The Auction became a way to celebrate who we are, to step back for a moment from the frustrations of being a farmer, and shine our light brightly to all true sun-grown cannabis canna-seurs,” Lastreto said.
A limited number of tickets and sponsorships are still available for those who want to support the event. It’s sure to be an evening filled with positive vibes, delicious food and drink, and plenty of great herb—all for a good cause.