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Old 07-15-2017, 07:34 PM #131
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Calaveras chronicles #16= Greetings from the front lines. It looks like commercial farmers will not have any problems from county supervisors this season. Impotent elected officials seem to not have the will to make hard decisions . Commercial farming continues and expands daily.
I was checking out google earth the other day. Pictures are a bit old from late may 2016. Gardens are easily visible with their geometric precision and quantity. One thing that struck me is the white pvc greenhouse frames , with their covering removed the aerial view reminds me of beached whale skeletons in the sun.
It seems many commercial growers are transitioning more towards year round farming and not just one big outdoor crop a year.
Example= Friends who built their dream house 20 years ago and got hit hard by the Butte fire. House was saved but 90% of their surrounding forest was fried. One of those places that probably would have been better off if it all burnt [ with insurance] They are not into the pot scene and found themselves bordered by 2 commercial farms last year. They vow not to be run out by pot farmers. This year a third farm popped up complete with light dep. operations. My friends complained about smell last year which was from sept. to nov. This year the fragrance started in June from greenhouse / light dep. operation.New grows continue to expand despite the county ban on new grows after may 2016.
New greenhouses are still appearing as white whales in the forest.Cranking out 500 lbs. from a site is small time farming now. I don't know where it all goes but it should make for absurdly low prices when recreational gears up next year.
Many local wineries are getting in in the boom also. Calaveras counties mediterranean climate makes for excellent wine grapes as well as ganga. [ Sorry Humboldt folks, you have the name but we have a better climate for big mold free buds] Wine grapes sell for about 1500$ per ton and an acre will produce 3-6 tons . 1/2 acre of marijuana will sell for 500,000$ +++ if done right. Most grape farmers already have the infrastructure in place and just need a few dump trucks of dirt.
The local paper lists many grow application denials and appeals and they are virtually always denied. Not many big busts lately but we are coming into the time when people get "weird"
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:23 PM #132
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Calaveras chronicles #16. Interesting story on yesterdays sacramento TV news. A story about a smaller forest fire that just happened in Calaveras county. 200 acres or so, small by Cali standards. Almost anywhere in the county below 4000' elevation if 200 acres burns it is likely someones pot farm got fried . The density of farms is that high. The TV story talked about firefighters and access and people problems with the new farms. The camera crew showed a picture of good sized grow maybe 50 feet from the fire station at the center of the fire area, right in the open, mandatory shitty looking fabric fence to conceal the operation? The boldness( or rudeness) of many farmers is mind boggling.
The very next news story is how many residents are fed up with the large number of big unregistered grows and are putting up roadside signs spotlighting locations and posting the sheriffs phone number . The large number of registered grows already is a lot but add in more big unregistered grows and it makes the legal guys look even worse. I think the legal registered farmers need to start self-policing their less scrupulous neighbors. The cops can't do it all.
When Calaveras county makes the TV news it is usually for one of three reasons. Wildfires, weed or serial killers. Yesterday had 2 out of three. The serial killer stories are usually only every 20 years or so.......but it has been awhile.
The period of maximum weirdness starts soon, Rippers, trimmigrants, lots of people needing a shower
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:25 PM #133
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Looks like I can't count from 16 to 17
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Old 07-20-2017, 05:02 PM #134
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Calaveras chronicles #18= I couldn't resist driving out to check out the area in the aforementioned news story. The road is a typically curvy mountain road and every bend in the road reveals another farm. This in the heart of the Butte fire burn area . Some open vistas reveal multiple farms . The fire station in the TV story has a medium size grow about 100' from their front door but what the news crew didn't show was a bigger grow 100 yards from the fire station and a huge Mcgrow visible across the meadow 1/4 mile away. The fire station is pretty much surrounded by weed.
I didn't see any roadside signs from pissed off locals highlighting unregistered grows location and posting sheriffs #
Calaveras county is currently all smoked out again from a big forest fire down south
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Old 07-28-2017, 04:57 PM #135
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Calaveras chronicles #19= Calaveras sheriffs dept. has hired outside contractors to rip out illegal grows while a cop watches. The sheriffs dept. does not have enough employees to get the job done on their own.
A couple selling land and flipping properties sold land to someone 5years ago and was receiving payments that would pay off the property in about a year. The payments stopped and they received a letter from the county saying they were responsible for the cost of removing a illegal grow and were accumulating a $1000.00 per day fine.
Another guy who has been building his dream house for about 20 years, a piece at a time as money affords. He grows about 2 acres of grapes and makes a few bucks off that. He leased his land for $300,000 per year and has a garden that dwarfs his vineyard and finished his house, bought a new car and dyed his hair a terrible color.
Another vineyard guy and true star asshole has 3 grows going including 3 acres next to his grapes, one grow for his illegal immigrant workers[maybe they can ship it south across the border] and another site he leases out for $50,000 PER MONTH!. The scale of Calaveras weed is truly amazing. The same a-hole likes to rat out small unregistered mom and pop operations to eliminate competition. Big weed is a big problem up here. $400.00 a pound weed will be the result growers have brought upon themselves. Big weed=big greed
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Old 07-28-2017, 05:36 PM #136
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Sounds like Lake County just two years ago... seems the fires are fickle.
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Calaveras chronicles#20= The sheriff stated they give notice to illegal grow operations before they send a eradication team. He said most growers self-eradicate so they don't receive a bill from the county for yanking plants. He also said they have eradicated 15 gardens so far this season. Really? 15 gardens? The sheriffs dept. is on top of the problem, at this rate they should have the illegal grows all cleaned out by 2024
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Calaveras chronicles#21= Somebody's garden is getting eradicated this morning. Spotted a big convoy of approximately 20 vehicles headed out in tight formation at high speed towards calaveras district 2. This many vehicles usually means the feds are involved. Large pickups, suburban type SUV's, trailers to haul out plants. Lots of guys in body armor with machine guns looking very serious. Welcome to Calaveras county
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Calaveras chronicles #22= Holy crap, things in the local weed scene have really blown up this week. The sheriff and other agencies on Monday raided 5 illegal farms. Tuesday they hit another 6 illegal grows. !2,000 plants and they actually arrested 12 people. One place had 8 100' greenhouses. Names of those arrested are mostly Xiong's, Nguyen's , or other S.E. asian names. Before big weed moved into Calaveras county there were not a lot of Asians living up here. It is not a prejudicial thing, Asians just tended to follow the work such as in silicon valley.Many people trying to get in on the greenrush could not meet the county requirement of proof they have grown on their site prior to legalization. The registered legal grows maximum size of 1/2 acre should be enough for anyone but registered and illegal farms seem to often ignore this . Along with the many asian names in the news I see a few old time local names in the denial list of applications.With the arrival of august the time of maximum weirdness is officially upon calaveras county and farm country across cali.
One of the grows busted Tuesday is linked to the "Sugarleaf Rastafarian church". The Sugarleaf church apparently has multiple grows across the state another one of which had 2 cops shot this week. The cops will be OK and the bad guy is dead. I guess it is alright to grow for god or jah or Haile Selassie or the church of the holy almighty greenback. Shame on the big illegal grows, shame
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