Farmer Tom Travels To Spain

Last fall Farmer Tom had a chance to take an international trip to Spain to participate in Spannabis.  I have a long history with one of the private cannabis social clubs in Barcelona, Greenardos.  I first met them when they stayed with us on the farm for about a month, four years ago. During their visit, they got ahold of one of my seeds — a cross between Amnesia Haze and our Power Kush– and it turned out to be an amazing phenotype.  The club has carried it at their location for the last three years, and it has been one of their top strains.

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Spannabis was a blast.  I got to connect with cannabis enthusiast’s from around the world — all the top players were there. During my stay in Barcelona, I was warmly welcomed — not just because my strain had won many competitions throughout Europe — the locals are just genuinely very nice, gracious people.

 

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One of the highlights of my trip was seeing BC Barcelona play football. We watched them win, and Messi score the winning goal.  I spent a day making high quality solvent-less hash with the Dank Duchess and Blue Eyes. I learned a lot and had a wonderful experience with these great people. The best thing about Spain was the food.  I had some of the most amazing, high quality food I’ve ever eaten. From the seafood — fresh from the Mediterranean Seat and North Atlantic — to the fresh fruits and veggies.  My favorite was Hamon — a kind of ham made 100% from Ibérico pigs who are allowed to feed and roam completely free range.  The stuff you live for.

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After Spannabis I spent a day touring LaRambla, where we stopped by Weedmaps Spanish headquarters, and also went to visit Sensi magazine’s Cannabis and Hash Museum.  I was warmly welcomed at both locations.  We sat on the roof and smoked fatties at Weedmaps, and I got a personal tour of the cannabis museum by the curator and manager — it was quite an experience.

 

Farmer Tom Calls For A Safer Cannabis Workplace

WASHINGTON: Tom Lauerman, universally known as “Farmer Tom,” is a well-known and beloved figure in Washington’s cannabis community.  Attend any cannabis event in the Evergreen State – from farmer’s market to the steps of the Statehouse in Olympia – and you are likely to see Farmer Tom – long flowing Santa beard and floppy hippie hat – front and center representing the cause.

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The Feds Visit A Cannabis Farm

These days, when he’s not working with his business partners on an upcoming line of “organic” soils and nutrients, Farmer Tom can be heard espousing the benefits of establishing best practices and standards for the cannabis  industry – advocating for everything from safer pest management and testing practices to the rights of his fellow workers in weed.

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Farmer Tom is a pioneer in working with the Federal Government to create workplace safety standards for the cannabis industry. Last fall, he and his wife Paul invited the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to visit his medical marijuana farm in Vancouver, WA.  The feds spent several days on the farm reviewing for the first time the working conditions on a real cannabis farm.  The visit garnered quite a bit of attention for the media-friendly Farmer Tom, including a feature in this month’s DOPE Magazine.

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I Don’t Make Snake Oil

Workplace safety “runs in the family” for Farmer Tom. “My Grandfather was head of HR at both Republic Steel and Covair and was on the first national safety commission,” Lauerman told MJ News Network.  “I handled OSHA paperwork and meetings while in the corporate world and worked with the Union drafting a workplace health and safety manual.”

As part of his mission to raise awareness of safety issues among leaders of the legal cannabis industry, Farmer Tom will be a featured presenter at a “Cannabis Industry Safety Night” panel discussion on May 26th, an event sponsored by the MJBA Portland, and CannaGuard Security.   Joining Tom will be environmental, health & safety expert Sally Koch, Indy Safety; Paul Equall, Life Safety Corp; and Mike Sotelo, CEO of Consolidar Networks.

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Farmer Tom has plans to publish a cannabis workplace health and safety manual soon. “I’m working with a few groups developing workplace health and safety standards,” he explained, “and have been approached by Washington state university on doing continued research in the Cannabis world.”

Stay tuned here.

 

 

 

Marijuana Safety Manual Being Developed

WASHINGTON:  With just about six weeks left to the one-year anniversary of recreational cannabis in Washington, a new sign of the normalization of that industry has appeared.

Under the leadership of the labor union United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367, a group of industry experts are developing the first “Cannabis Industry Workplace Safety and Health” manual for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Tom Lauerman, a medical marijuana farmer in Vancouver, is part of the group writing the materials. With more than 20 years as a grower here and in California, Lauerman said he thinks it’s a great sign that the industry is maturing.

“If a state agency is coming to the cannabis community and asking us as an industry to do this, I think it’s a great sign that we’re becoming a legitimate industry in its eyes,” Lauerman said. “This is the first one of these that anybody has done, and it will be a model for all the other states, not just Washington.”

 

Washington Medical Marijuana Grower Opens Farm To Tours

WASHINGTON: Tom Lauerman grows vegetables – sugar snap peas, corn, potatoes, salad mix — on his five-acre farm in Brush Prairie, Wash., that supplies a handful of families with fresh produce through the summer and into the fall.

But vegetables don’t pay the bills. So Lauerman, a 54-year-old surfer who’s smoked cannabis since he was 12, decided to turn his small marijuana grow into a commercial one.

As part of that effort, Lauerman, known by friends as Farmer Tom, has gotten savvy about self-promotion, posting pictures of his freshly planted cannabis on Instagram, designing trading cards for some of his strains and uploading videos about his operation to his Facebook page.

Now Lauerman is opening up his medical marijuana farm, which he calls Garden of the Green Sun, to visitors, hoping Washington’s nascent cannabis tourism industry is a boon to growers.