Standards for Grower Members in First MC Processing LLC

 

Growers admitted as grower members of First MC Processing LLC (“MC Processing”) must be certified as maintaining the minimum specified level of sustainable organic farming.  Certification as a MC Processing grower will be made at the time a grower is accepted as a grower member.  Grower certification must be renewed annually.  A grower who maintains a higher level of certification than the minimum level of certification will receive a slightly higher rate of return to partially offset the cost to a grower of maintaining more than the minimum level of sustainable organic farming required for membership in MC Processing.

 

Standards for Steelhead Level Certification (Minimum Level):

 

● No synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, miticides, mildicides.  Protective products shall be OMRI certified to the extent reasonably possible.

● No artificial amendments shall be utilized.  Solely organic soils or amendments shall be used.

 ● Solely outdoor or greenhouse plantings shall be utilized.

● Solely identifiable genetics shall be utilized: pure indicas or sativias, indica dominant, sativia dominant, or approximate percentages.

 ● Growers shall maintain clean growing conditions: isolation from road and manure dust and other contaminants at flowering stage.

● All processing shall met the clean processing standards specified from time to time.

● All trimming shall meet the trimming standards specified from time to time.

● All member shall cooperate in compliance review inspections and testing specified from time to time.

 

Additional Standards for Coho Level Certification.  All Steelhead Standards, plus:

 

● Move toward lower embedded energy materials.

● Water draws shall not be made from August 1- October 31st.

● Sediment traps shall be utilized for all surface water flows.

 

Additional Standards for King Level Certification.  All Coho Standards, plus:

 

● Water draws shall not be made from July 15th - November 15th.

 

Clean Processing Standards:

 

The conditions in which medical cannabis is cured and cleaned affect the safety and purity of the medicine.  The processing conditions and requirements for producing clean botanical medicine are comparable to health department requirements for certified kitchens.

 

All product should be cured in a clean, dust-free environment. All trimming must be conducted in clean areas in clean, dust-free areas on washable surfaces.  Floors and walls should also be dust-free, sealed and washable surfaces.  No animals may be allowed in processing areas. The hair, and beards, if applicable, of trimmers shall be tied back and netted.  Smoking and eating shall not be permitted during trimming to avoid contamination of the product.

 

The well-being of the patient-members who will utilize this medicine must be kept in mind during the trimming process.  Trimmers shall wash hands before processing, frequently during processing, and, of course, after sneezing, coughing, or using the restroom.  Clean trimming tools shall be maintained.  Trimming tools shall be regularly cleaned with hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol during processing.

 

MC Processing will lab-testing your product for molds, mildews (including powdery mildew), pesticides and fungicides.  MC Processing will also be carefully examine your product for dust, pollen, hair, and other contaminants.  These inspections are to protect the health of our immuno-compromised and highly sensitive patient members.  If your product is found unacceptable levels of natural contaminants, the product will be returned you.  If your product is found to have been sprayed with chemical pesticides, washed to disguise powdery mildew, or otherwise compromised in an unacceptable manner, the product will be returned and your membership in the collective revoked.

 

All product will have some levels of level of natural contaminants.  Levels of natural contaminants in product or other deficiencies in product delivery, e.g., improper trimming, that do not result in a rejection of your product will reduce the value of your delivery to the collective and will result in a reduction in the return you will receive for your product as compared to other growers.

 

Additional measures for watershed protection and reduced carbon footprint which are applicable to all certification levels:

 

● Growers shall utilize harvested rainwater: tanks, ponds, infiltration and utilize gravity irrigation without pumping.

 

● Growers shall reduce fossil fuel to the maximum extent possible and use of biofuel or renewable energy sources to the extent possible.

 

● Stream crossings shall be enhanced for salmon or eliminated in accordance with MRC's Good Roads, Clear Creeks program.

 

● Growers shall commit to gully restoration, in-stream erosion reduction, and shall engage in conifer thinning to improve stream-flows.

 

● Growers shall reuse graywater where applicable, and shall establish biodiverse plantings or borders in grow areas.