High cost of business: Small-plot cannabis grower struggles to prevail

Nevada County cannabis grower Daniel Fink, owner/operator of Down Om Farms on the San Juan Ridge, operates one of the few legal farms in Nevada County. By being a small farm with no employees, Fink is able to keep costs down in an increasingly difficult industry to succeed in.
Photo: Elias Funez

Despite being legal in many states, marijuana presents a classic David-versus-Goliath case for many Nevada County growers who plowed into the industry after the county in May 2019 approved rules for the crop.

Daniel Fink, an organic farmer in North San Juan, was the 12th permitted cannabis business in the county. Under the county’s regulations for a micro-grower with a 5- to 10-acre farm, he is allowed a 2,500-square-foot canopy of cannabis. His grow consists of 1/16 of an acre — equal to about one half of a basketball court.

“I’m the first person in the family to farm — my family were teachers and scientists,” said Fink….

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