Our Story


The founders of Humboldt Legends were among the first new dwellers in Humboldt County in the early 1970s as part of the back-to-the-land movement.

We found our way to Humboldt,  some by way of the Grateful Dead , where we purchased affordable land that had been ravaged by the logging industry over the prior decades.

Most of our kitchen gardens had a few cannabis plants, propagated from low-grade, seeded Mexican marijuana. We made our own soil, compost and learned to grow better with each season.

During the winter months, we left the farms to see the rest of the world. Soon, intrepid travelers brought the first Southeast Asian seeds home with them. A higher grade of marijuana was grown.


We couldn’t have picked a more beautiful place to grow.

We lived in isolated areas, so we built our own community centers, schools and out of necessity - our own kitchen gardens. We also grew cannabis.

By happenstance, a few unfertilized plants matured and the first sinsemilla, unseeded marijuana flowers, were harvested and enjoyed. It just so happens that Humboldt has a perfect blend of diverse topography and microclimates for growing marijuana. Over time, Humboldt County developed a well-earned global reputation for the finest cannabis on the planet.

The Mattole River from Winterbourne Farm.

The Mattole River from Winterbourne Farm.


From the beginning, we embraced an obligation to fight for social justice and give back to our poor, rural community.


An excerpt from a letter penned by one of our founding farmers:

“In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical cannabis, and Humboldt has been the primary source of medical grade cannabis. For the last two decades — we’ve ensured safe access to needy patients.

We fought the timber companies together to insure best management practices and to stop herbicide spraying; we fought the county to allow reasonable construction practices without the undue burden of restrictive code enforcement;

We formed and funded non-profits to fight for social justice, environmental protection, and to express ourselves in the arts. We have fought to provide safe access to a plant with untold benefits for society. And, we have done it all with ‘community financing,’ non-violently, creatively, and with a sense of humor.”

Humboldt Legends is committed to taking our mission to the next level. For the good of our plants, our community and the land of Humboldt County, CA.