Nestled among the big trees and circling bald eagles along the Nooksack River sits Eagle Trees. The cannabis farm with its hoop houses full of green plants looks perfectly in place in the valley with the foothills of Mount Baker rising above. It’s no accident the farm fits into the natural landscape so seamlessly.
Whatcom county natives, and brother and sister Kenny Ingebrigtson and Jessica Straight manifested this farm. The siblings make an ideal team. Kenny handles the plants, and Jessica, or Jesse as she’s more commonly known, handles the business end of things. Though Straight is not above jumping in and getting her hands dirty, or sticky.
Ingebrigtson had years of experience on cannabis grows before legalization allowed him to take it to the next level. Luckily, his sister believed in his talents and passion and together they made the dream a reality.
“In 2007 I made my first trip to Humboldt county and the next year I grew my first plants,” Ingebrigtson explains in his bio on Eagle Trees’ website. “ Since then I’ve been learning, growing, collecting genetics and preserving them by making seeds. Now that prohibition has lifted I’m fortunate to have the ability to farm with my friends and family by my side.”
Jesse Straight took time out of her jam-packed schedule to answer some questions about Eagle Trees for The Sesh.
The Sesh: What’s your journey in the cannabis industry?
Jessica Straight: My journey with cannabis started at a very young age experimenting with friends. I continued to use cannabis throughout my life as a recreational smoker. I’m especially drawn to our topical and our RSO at the moment. After I got off the alcohol merry-go-round a couple of years ago, cannabis is even more important to me as a way to change gears and gain perspective without negative side effects.
TS: What is Eagle Trees’ origin story?
JS: My brother Kenny and I were at a family Thanksgiving weekend in November 2012. Washington voters had just passed I-502 and Kenny told me he had a line on a possible job in the industry. I knew Kenny was a very talented and passionate grower, I had smoked his herb for years! I was instantly consumed with the idea of creating a company to highlight Kenny’s talents while shielding him from the possible downfalls of working for people who wouldn’t understand and care about him. At the time, I had a 9-month-old baby and I knew that I wanted to create a company in a couple of years. This seemed like good timing and just the right amount of outlaw mixed with craft agriculture. The idea was born!
TS: Tell us about Eagle Trees’ production process.
JS: We harness the infinite power of the sun to grow terpene-rich flowers that grow well in our microclimate and have good cannabinoid profiles. The Royal Kush 7 and ACDC were our Mayflower strains and the only two we grew our very first season in 2016. Over the years Kenny has bred these two strains with other solid genetics to form the backbone of our strain list. Our Royal ACDC is a 2:1 CBD:THC variety that is extremely popular due to its comforting high.
TS: What makes Eagle Trees different, and what are you most proud of?
JS: Our growing practices make us unique in the industry. Kenny and our amazing small team concentrate on soil health and creating natural and closed loops systems including home-made soil/ compost. We are regenerative farmers and create a sustainable and healthy eco-system on our land which borders the North Fork of the Nooksack River, a wild and important waterway originating at Mount Baker. Our garden is diverse with lots of cover cropping, flowers, bees, and beneficial insects. We utilize light dep greenhouses as well as full-season areas for our genetics to shine with our area’s particular terroir. We never use pesticides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers. Eagle Trees is proud to be part of the Dragonfly Earth Medicine Family of cannabis growers who dedicate their lives to growing this amazing plant and to create pure and clean medicine for our customers. All of our products are certified DEMpure.
The Final Word
Eagle Trees’ holistic, natural approach to growing cannabis is paying off. The Tier 2 grower is showing steady sales and has proved to be a favorite among cannabis connoisseurs and industry professionals alike. A sibling pair growing clean cannabis in wild Whatcom county is proving to be a winning combination.