“Cannabis is a profoundly mysterious plant. And such a powerful, healing plant, that even after working with it my entire life, it feels like I’ve just begun to truly understand her."
Huckleberry Hill Farms started from John Casali’s single-family home between the two small communities of Briceland and Whitethorn in Southern Humboldt County. John grew up on this very piece of property with his mother and stepdad starting in 1968. He grew up learning to uphold the legacy that began with the Back to the Land Movement of the 60s and 70s, that it was utmost important to take care of the land and the environment in which they lived.
John grew up following his mother around, growing cannabis, veggies, and tending an orchard from the age of 10. It was their way of life. Devastatingly, In 1992, Johnny was 24 years old, enforcement on the “war on drugs” was heavy, John and his best friend were caught by the feds for cultivating cannabis. Johnny served 17 years fighting for this magical healing plant. The time includes 4 years of court, 8 years of federal prison, followed by 5 years of probation.
Present day, Huckleberry Hill Farms was proud to be the fourth existing Farm in Humboldt County to be fully permitted, by the county as well as the state of California. Johnny now shares the farm with his loving girlfriend, Rose Moberly, and their family of farm animals. Their dog Luca, cat Ziggy, and of course their two sheep, Willie and Nelson. They love cultivating and navigating this new world of cannabis. The two strive to “make a difference” in people’s lives with their farm tours, community outreach, and advocacy to normalize the plant, and its people.
One of the most special parts about the cultivars they grow is that they like to honor those special people who came before them, like Johnny’s mother, Merlene, by growing, breeding, and protecting her cultivars from 45 years ago. Each of their cannabis varieties reflects Marlene’s original cultivar and in its natural and coveted environment, there is nothing quite like full-sun craft cannabis from the hills of Southern Humboldt. As they have grown to include newer methods of growing throughout the years, their mission remains the same, to produce organic, sustainable cannabis true to their tradition and unique to their farm.