Empowering traditional Cannabis farmers through education, research and advocacy.
The International Cannabis Farmers Association is a group of farmers, scientists and stakeholders working together to promote the unique quality and ecological superiority of sun grown Cannabis products while preserving the heritage of traditional farming communities.
The association is made up of farmers and stakeholders committed to the best agriculture and farming practices. It is an organization of, by and for farmers.
Internationally, regulatory frameworks often require that therapeutic Cannabis varietals be grown indoors or in all season greenhouses despite the overwhelming evidence that traditionally farmed sun grown Cannabis is qualitatively and ecologically superior. This public policy trend has devastating environmental implications and leaves both patients and adult-use consumers without access to sun grown cannabis and cannabis-derived products.
We have formed the International Cannabis Farmers Association to establish the science, data and consumer direct education necessary to break down these barriers while promoting the benefits of traditionally farmed Cannabis.
Dustin Moore is a consultant and advisor with more than a decade of experience in political strategy and public policy. He specializes in strategic development and implementation of policies including ballot measures, statewide and local candidates and issue campaigns, public affairs and legislative efforts. He also works with lobbying teams to complement their direct lobbying with public advocacy campaigns.
Dustin has managed state and local campaigns in California on issues including marijuana, taxation, education and healthcare. Prior to joining the International Cannabis Farmers Association, Dustin served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Yes on Proposition 64 campaign – the 2016 ballot measure that legalized the adult use of marijuana in California.
Dustin previously consulted on or managed several successful campaigns at one of the state’s leading campaign management firms, and served as a Senior Consultant for the Speaker of the California State Assembly.
Prior to his work in the political arena, Dustin owned and operated small businesses in California and Colorado. Dustin graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in political science. He presently lives in Sacramento with his fiancé Lauren who he’s trying to trick into getting their first dog.
Kristin Nevedal is the director of the Patient Focused Certification program for Americans for Safe Access, serves as a board member for the California Cannabis Industry Association, where she chairs the agricultural committee, and is chief compliance officer for Humboldt’s Finest. Kristin co-founded and served on the board of the Emerald Growers Association, which promoted the medicinal, environmental, social and economic benefits of lawfully cultivated sun grown medical Cannabis from California’s Emerald Triangle region by advocating for public policies that foster a healthy and sustainable medical Cannabis industry.
As chair of the American Herbal Products Association Cannabis Committee’s cultivation working group, Kristin assisted in the development of cultivation model regulations and best practices for agency consideration. Kristin teaches classes on environmental sustainability and best management practices at Oaksterdam University. Kristin’s broad policy and advocacy experience also includes serving as a board member for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana and the 420 Archives.
Amanda Reiman is an internationally recognized Cannabis expert and public health researcher. Dubbed “The Brain” by Elle.com, Dr. Reiman is a leader in the field of Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs and has presented her research all over the world. Also an expert in Cannabis policy on the local, national and international level, Dr. Reiman was the first chairwoman of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission and currently sits on the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
After receiving her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Reiman was the director of research and patient services at Berkeley Patients Group, one of the oldest dispensaries in the country, and the manager of marijuana law and policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, a national non-profit that was engaged in the drafting and campaigns of legalization initiatives across the country and abroad.
Dr. Reiman is currently a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and an Affiliate Scientist with the Alcohol Research Group. She also conducts research through Research Triangle International. Her research centers on Cannabis as a substitute for opiates and how dispensaries fill the role of health service provider.
Tristin Oates was raised on the Lost Coast in Humboldt County. This upbringing instilled a deep sense of community and reverence for the natural world that continues to inspire her work. An interest in numbers and business led her to obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Humboldt State University. Her roots extend well over a decade in the Cannabis industry, giving her a wide range of experience and knowledge. When she’s not working on her next project, Tristin can be found painting, gardening, reading or hiking with her spirited Australian kelpie dog.
Chrystal Ortiz is a permaculture gardener, Cannabis medicine maker and educator, founding member of FulSol Farm and operations manager at True Humboldt, a brand supported by medical Cannabis farmers in the Humboldt Sun Growers Guild. Based on her experience branding and promoting Humboldt-grown Cannabis to dispensaries throughout California, Chrystal believes that claiming and protecting geographical appellations will be crucial to brand identity and integrity.
As part of Humboldt County’s track and trace program, Chrystal has been actively involved in early efforts to designate appellations of origin. While proof of origin is a strong first step, Chrystal is focused on the development of deeper quality control standards including the use of native soil, innovative (and ancient) farming practices, integrated pest management, properly timed harvests and curing standards. Chrystal believes that the Emerald Triangle has a great responsibility to accurately identify and define our appellation designations.
Heather Kornberg is an avid community volunteer and organizer who has sat on multiple boards and served as secretary for the boards of the Mateel Community Center, Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice and Miranda Parents Partnership, which focuses on student culture at the local junior high and high schools. Last year Heather helped the students create their first student government. She studied international studies and environmental studies with a focus on politics at Dominican College in San Rafael. Heather hosts a local radio show that focuses on women-oriented music and interviews businesswomen about their local, national and international endeavors. She was the youngest Rotarian to become a member in her local business club. Heather loves public speaking and traveling, has started multiple businesses and considers herself an entrepreneur.
Hollie Hall is a soil and water scientist with expertise in providing Cannabis farmers the support needed to transition farms into environmentally compliant, water secure, regenerative agricultural systems. She draws from two decades of experience in natural resources management, global studies of agricultural practices and training in adaptive water resource management to design, coordinate and implement “beyond compliance” solutions for Cannabis farms. She works with government agencies, non-profits and the private sector to integrate the needs of society, government and environment to drive the establishment of Cannabis farmers who implement watershed-friendly practices that reverse the negative impacts of historic natural resources extraction practices.
Her professional goals are to redefine the dominant societal perspective of Cannabis industries via participation in development of farm management systems, breaking of barriers between farmers and government agents and participation in policy development processes. In addition to operating two natural resources consulting firms, Hollie serves as a board member of the Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce and the Humboldt Cannabis Council, two organizations that integrate diverse stakeholder groups and provide expert opinion regarding emerging Cannabis industries.
Tina Gordon is a traditional Cannabis farmer and advocate for increased access to healthy medicine produced in alignment with nature. After relocating from San Francisco to southern Humboldt County in 2007, she was awakened to the healing properties of clean air, fresh water and farm-grown food, and this transformation informed the development of her philosophical approach to farming. Cannabis cultivation has allowed her to share the benefits of a harmonious relationship with the environment as well as providing a platform to help others learn valuable skills.
Prior to cultivating Cannabis, Tina worked as a producer, documentary filmmaker, event promoter and musician, with an emphasis on underground or alternative subcultures. As a workshop facilitator for public access television, she taught people how to tell their stories more effectively. In all of her creative projects, Tina has endeavored to empower the self-expression of those who are underrepresented or marginalized. She now brings that focus to the traditional Cannabis farming community, with a desire to dignify the efforts of the pioneers who built this historic movement.
We strive to empower traditional Cannabis farmers through education, research and advocacy. Our programs will raise public awareness about the benefits of traditionally farmed Cannabis and provide educational resources for farmers, regulators, industry and consumers.
The International Cannabis Farmers Association will be conducting research to quantify the ecological superiority of traditionally farmed Cannabis as well as gathering data necessary to establish internationally recognized appellations of origin.
ICFA will advocate for the development of responsible regulations in CA, which we see as crucially important due to the state’s significance to national and international policy development. We will promote public policy that ensures an equal share of licenses are issued to traditional sun grown Cannabis farmers. Our Cannabis Resource Center will provide up-to-date guidance on concerns such as regulatory compliance and product safety protocols.
ICFA will create a dynamic and creative consumer direct educational campaign that highlights the quality and ecological superiority of traditionally farmed sun grown Cannabis. We will conduct market research to analyze the current availability and perception of sun grown Cannabis in today’s marketplace. (You can help by filling out this brief survey about your purchasing preferences.) Our Cannabis Resource Center in Garberville, California will provide educational materials for farmers, consumers, and the general public, as well as a tourism map highlighting locally produced Cannabis and related products.