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March 25, 2024

Made in Montana Cannabis Growing Series: Benefits of Living Soil

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Montana's rugged landscapes and pristine wilderness provide the perfect backdrop for cannabis cultivation. As the demand for high-quality cannabis products continues to rise, we at Collective Elevation continue to use traditional sustainable methods paired with cutting edge technology to maximize yields while minimizing our environmental impact. We are committed to eco-friendly practices that help preserve our beautiful community and stunning landscape for generations to come. 

One of the cornerstones of our approach is the use of high quality living soil. In this post, we explore what living soil is, how it works, and why it's a game-changer for growing cannabis in Big Sky Country.

What is Living Soil?

Living soil is more than just dirt; it's a vibrant ecosystem teeming with life. At its core, living soil relies on natural processes to create a balanced environment where plants can thrive. Instead of relying on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, we cultivate a diverse community of beneficial microbes, fungi, and other organisms to nourish our plants.

One of the key principles of living soil is the concept of minimal disturbance. Unlike traditional farming methods that involve constant tilling and chemical inputs, living soil advocates for a hands-off approach, allowing the soil to develop its own structure and fertility over time. This not only promotes healthier plant growth but also helps to preserve the soil's integrity and long-term productivity.

The Benefits of Living Soil for Commercial Cannabis Production in Montana

  • Enhanced Plant Health: Living soil is rich in beneficial microbes that help to break down organic matter and make essential nutrients more available to plants. This results in stronger, more resilient plants that are better equipped to resist pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical interventions.
  • Improved Terpene Profile: Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in cannabis that contribute to its flavor and aroma. By cultivating cannabis in living soil, we enhance the terpene profile of our plants, resulting in a more flavorful and potent end product. 
  • Environmental Sustainability: Montana's pristine environment is a precious resource that must be protected. Living soil offers a sustainable alternative to conventional farming practices, promoting soil health and biodiversity while reducing the risk of soil erosion and water pollution.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: While the initial setup of a living soil system may require some investment, it can ultimately save valuable resources in the long run. By relying on natural processes, we’ve reduced our dependence on expensive synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, leading to lower input costs and improved sustainability of our grow. 
  • Consistent Yields: Living soil promotes a balanced and stable soil ecosystem, which can lead to more consistent yields over time. By creating a healthy environment for their plants, we minimize the risk of crop failure and maximize harvests, ensuring a steady supply of high-quality cannabis for our customers. 

Overall, living soil offers a sustainable and cost-effective approach to growing cannabis. By embracing this innovative approach, we enhance plant health, improve product quality, and help protect the environment. 

Discover Excelence at our Montana Dispensaries

Explore the heights of cannabis excellence at our distinguished Montana dispensaries. With two inviting locations in Bozeman (Main Street and North 7th) and additional spots in Billings, Butte, and Missoula, our dispensaries are more than just spaces—they are gateways to the finest cannabis flower, edibles, vapes, and concentrates that Montana has to offer.

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Elevate Your Dispensary with Collective Elevation Products

Our award-winning cannabis products are also available wholesale for dispensaries in Montana. Visit our Wholesale page for more information and to order.

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Join the Collective Elevation Team

Want to join the Collective Elevation team? We regularly hire for budtender, cultivation, trimming, packaging, and other positions. Find more information on joining our team.