Along the Rogue River at Alter Farms, owner Jason Rambo is focused on building healthy soil microbiology. At Rebel Spirit Farms outside Eugene, co-owner Diane Downey says she is “growing better humans.” Meanwhile in Southern Oregon, Snodgrass Family Genetics is reducing its footprint by using solar energy and advanced soil and water conservation.

Since cannabis remains ineligible for federal USDA certification, a new opportunity has arisen for ecological farming practices that go beyond organic. In Oregon, farmers are pioneering techniques that surpass what’s required for traditional organic certification.