The Heroes’ Journey

The Heroes’ Journey

In the foothills of Mt. Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain and most active volcano, lies an unexpected ganja gold mine. Surrounded by towering fir trees and cascading streams, I arrive on an early autumn evening at the “Heroes Compound” to meet the esteemed cannabis breeder and cultivator, Patrick Pooler. “This place was a massive trash pile when I first started working on it in 2010,” Pooler recalls. “The people before us had been scrapping cars and cooking meth. You can imagine the mess they left behind.” From the meticulously manicured grounds around me, it’s hard to imagine the wasteland this 107-acre parcel once was. Pooler says their cleanup efforts are what gained him and his crew their namesake, Heroes of the Farm. “It was actually one of the previous owners that gave us the name,” Pooler says. “It’s what she called us after she saw all the work we put into this place. The name just stuck.” Wandering around the property is an enchanting expedition. We pass clusters of automated light-deprivation greenhouses, nine in total, and into a multi-room, fully flowering indoor operation. The sparkling clean facility holds a perfectly packed canopy of glittering colas under a hundred or so lights. We continue the tour to visit mother rooms and breeding chambers, where we pass vats of bubbling compost teas, high-tech potting machines and soil steamers. A colorful sunset transforms the expansive skyline to our west and the sun’s last rays fade on the perpetually snow-capped summit of Mt. Hood protruding…

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