Colombia has emerged as a premier destination for cultivating cannabis flower due to several key factors. The country benefits from a unique combination of natural advantages, including an ideal climate, fertile soil, and ample sunlight. These conditions create an optimal environment for cannabis plants to thrive and reach their full potential. The geographical location of Colombia allows for year-round cultivation, providing consistent and reliable harvests. Colombia has implemented progressive regulations surrounding cannabis cultivation, making it an attractive destination for companies seeking to produce high-quality cannabis flower. NuSierra is proud to grow our cannabis in the beautiful country of Colombia.
“Terroir” comes from the French word “terre,” which translates “ground,” “earth” or “land.” Although the term isn’t used too often by cannabis users due to its illicit past and present indoor growing methods, terroir describes how the growing conditions of a region, or even more specifically an individual farm or plot, affect cannabis’ characteristics. Terroir encompasses all environmental conditions that affect cannabis flower’s taste, terpene, and cannabinoid expression and appearance.
Sustainable Growing Practices
While growing cannabis indoors can produce large yields, it uses tremendous amounts of energy for everything from ventilation, exhaust fans, cooling/heating, and watering systems. NuSierra believes that the carbon footprint from indoor growing operation is unsustainable. It was estimated that indoor cannabis grow operations accounted for 1% of all power usage in the United States, jumping up to 7% in states like California. Indoor growing is rarely organic and often suffers from a buildup of pesticides, nutrients and other chemicals to sterilize and maintain these artificial growing environments. But there is another way.
Hand Harvested and Hand Trimmed Flower
All of NuSierra’s cannabis is hand-harvested and trimmed. Hand-harvesting permits NuSierra to focus on harvesting only the best flowers, unlike commercial hemp production. Hand harvesting also lets us get the timing just right, and when it comes to harvesting cannabis timing is everything. Too soon and you have immature plants lacking in terpenes and cannabinoid expression. Too late and you have degraded cannabinoids. Hand harvesting means premium “cannabis” products, akin to a dispensary experience, not typical of commercial, hemp production.
Terroir of Colombia and NuSierra
Colombia is well-known for its high-quality coffee, but Colombia also has one of the widest ranges of soils and variety of climates in the world for growing fruit and vegetables. Colombian grown fruits and vegetables have an excellent quality in organoleptic terms with good color, flavor, aroma, high soluble content and BRIX value.
Colombia is also part of the 17 mega-diverse countries of the world. With rich soil, spring water irrigation, abundant sunlight and the right elevation, the “terroir” of NuSierra’s operations is as good as it gets.