Our Story

Emerald Family Farms

The original Emerald Family Farm was the first farm in Humboldt County to attempt being fully permitted from a land use perspective.

Though we had no qualms about the nature of our product (we take great pride in the cultivation of cannabis), we did have concerns about how cannabis farming might impact the environment of our neighbors, neighbor-woods, and our watershed.

Emerald Family Farms - Story - Original Farm

Our farm was the very first farm statewide to enroll in the regional water board program, acquire the correct Department of Fish and Wildlife permits, and also get the relevant Cal Fire permits, all of which guide our effort to produce what we call Salmon Safe Cannabis.

Through the complex and often difficult process to become fully permitted, our owners became involved with and served as policy co-chairs for California Cannabis Voice-Humboldt.

CCV-H wrote the first draft of the Humboldt County Cannabis ordinance. After a lengthy public process, this ordinance received unanimous approval by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors and became the first of its kind, a comprehensive cannabis ordinance in California.

When the ordinance was passed, the owners shifted their focus to the development of Emerald Family Farms as a competent, value-driven, farmer-owned business. Emerald Family Farms developed and presented Financial Boot-camps to assist local farmers in becoming tax liable corporate structures that could function well in the legal market.

Emerald Family Farms then hosted Environmental Boot-camps to assist farmers in navigating the complex permitting process that leads to environmental stewardship.

Emerald Family Farms - Story - Wooden Sign

We want every cannabis farmer that shares our goals of capitalism with a conscience, environmental stewardship, commitment to the community, and inclusive social justice, to succeed. It’s that simple.


In Operation for Over 5 Years

80,000 lbs

Cannabis Sold


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Emerald Family Farms is most proud of its accomplishment in lowering the barriers of entry into the legal cannabis market for farmers. EFF has lobbied for the lowest tax rate on products in the state, and provided cannabis farmers with a legal route of sales.

“Met the family at High Times So-Cal and was happy to see a product I enjoy so much is coming from such good people.”

~ grnstreet | Weedmaps

Why tell our story? Though the cannabis customer’s first concern is the quality of the product they are purchasing, we believe that customers also care about the values that drive their decisions. We are a company whose roots are deep in the soil of Humboldt County, whose growth is dependent on farmers with years of commitment to skilled cannabis cultivation. We believe that our origins can provide a product that will never be matched by competitors whose roots exist solely in the barren soil of profit-seeking and venture capitalism.

– Patrick Murphy

Emerald Family Farms - Story - Signature