Sky Standard Gardens is a small cannabis producer in Bellingham, Washington. Their facility is a small graffiti-covered building off the freeway, hidden in a blanket of sound from passing cars and trucks. There’s a van with the same matching graffiti parked out front. Shannon and Sheila make up the Sky Standard packaging crew, they’re sitting in a circle chatting on break over cigarettes.
Sky Standard owners and operators Davey Palmer and Zackary Cabral walk out of their facility in disheveled work gear. Cannabis farmers and potato farmers have similar aesthetics, dirty work clothes, calloused hands. Cannabis cultivation is hard work, but that didn’t dampen their spirits. Cabral and Palmer are all smiles walking out of their facility.
Sky Standard Gardens’ Beginnings
Cabral has been growing cannabis for over 15 years. He started growing in Wyoming; during that time he had a kid being born in Montana during a harvest. He was driving back and forth between states to take care of his plants and his kid, making it work. Cabral moved to Washington state around 2008 and 2009 to continue his work in the cannabis industry; after hearing about the inevitable Initiative 502, the move was an easy decision.
Cabral met Palmer at a house party shortly after Cabral moved. They both share a love of music, vinyl, snowboarding, and cannabis. When they both found out each other was growing cannabis in their homes, they became friends quickly. Cabral got a hold of some plants that he couldn’t raise on his own; because of time restrictions with his fulltime job, and space restrictions with his tiny in-home grow room. That tiny grow room had to be dug out at the bottom for a final size of 13 x 7 x 5.5. Cabral enlisted Palmer’s help and together they jimmy-rigged a perpetual growing cycle using their in-home grows.
Cabral and Palmer formed a bond over the years of growing weed, listening to music, and snowboarding together. Eventually, Cabral went into the medical dispensary business around 2012, Palmer went back to school, and the two went their separate ways.
From Medical To Recreational
Cabral found quick success in the medical industry and decided to open his own dispensary in 2013. Cabral once again called Palmer, who was happy for a chance to be back in the in the cannabis industry. This partnership blossomed into a five store operation within 18 months; but after a missed opportunity to get a recreational license, they were forced to focus on other business opportunities. Washington’s recreational cannabis industry subsequently ate the medical industry. Ease of access dissuades many people for applying for medical cares, and not all recreational dispensaries have the proper licenses to serve medical patients.
Eventually, Cabral and Palmer found their license and they officially started the Sky Standard Gardens LLC. Next, they had to find a building and get the operation off the ground before their license forfeited. Unfortunately, the only building they found was a “hoarders paradise.” Cabral and Palmer hauled off over 70 yards of garbage and now had to redesign the entire building from the ground up; from the septic system to the camera system. Grow Industries helped them out with the lease on their first set of supplies and technology; and dropped a ton of knowledge on Sky Standard. After hundreds of hours of hard work and labor, some help and growing cheat codes from Grow Industries; Cabral and Palmer turned a playhouse of filth and degradation into a high tech growing facility.
The Talk-Sick Touch
One thing that sets Sky Standard Gardens’ products apart is their strain-specific artwork. The artist that designs their strain artwork and graffiti’d their building is the one and the same – Talk-Sick Mind. Sky Standard Gardens bought a bunch of Talk-Sick’s merchandise. They hit it off with the California-based artist and formed a partnership. They feel Talk-Sick’s artwork represents music, weed, and graffiti culture, which represents Sky Standard Gardens too. “He’s (Talk-Sick Mind) is a big part of the team one way or another.”
From Gorilla Gardening To Legal Sales
With a high tech growing facility, company artist, and a brand new concentrate brand Hi-Def Extracts; Cabral and Palmer came a long way from their gorilla gardening roots. They used to make midnight runs dropping off seeds in undisclosed locations. They’d return eight weeks or so later to chop down whatever grew, freeze and blast it into live resin; a type of terpene heavy cannabis concentrate. Now their weed is sold before its harvested and packaged. They harvest about 17 times a year; in between each harvest, the grow rooms and stripped down, scrubbed, and sanitized to ensure the environment stays clean.
Sky Standard Gardens has put together a strain menu that people can’t get enough of. Their menu is based mainly off what the retailers want, but their always pheno-hunting new options to make sure their retail partners are satisfied with the flavor selection. They grow around 10 strains at a time and are on a six-week strain rotation. Catholic School Girl, Blueberry, Strawberry Dutch, Pandora’s Box, Grapefruit and Gobstopper are some of their regular strains. Be on the lookout for strains like Banana Split, Blue City Diesel, and Sherbet. Blueberry Diesel’s terpene profile is equal parts berry and gas for really unique sweet and sour cannabis experience.
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Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.
If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:
Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.