Company Name: Phillips Field Facility
Address: Eugene, OR
Phone Number: 541-521-5419
How would you describe your company? What is your specialty?
We are Susan and Tara – a mother/daughter owned and operated recreational micro tier craft cannabis farm located on our family property in Eugene, OR. We specialize in producing high CBD strains in addition to THC dominant strains. Our garden is outdoor and we use locally made organic fertilizers and soil treatments. We cultivate our plants in a combination of native clay soil and amendments that are specifically designed to suit the nutritional needs of cannabis. It’s such a common experience for families to keep their personal cannabis habits private, and there’s this whole idea of cannabis being divisive but in this case it’s been quite unifying.
What do you offer consumers/clients that others don’t?
Because we are a micro tier farm, we are able to closely monitor and care for each plant, and can assess their environmental and nutritional needs on an individual basis. This allows us to ensure that every plant is uniquely cared for, and can blossom into a true craft product. We only have one run per year, so our product is available in limited quantities. We also cultivate our product from plant to trim – infusing our knowledge, labor, and energetics from root to finished flower.
How and why did your company start up?
The magic is embedded within the land that has been in our family for decades before we began growing cannabis. There’s a photo of Tara from 1993 cradling a harvest of corn just mere feet away from the gates of our current cannabis garden. We started as a medical grow that had moved from an indoor grow site to our property in 2013, and continued to grow for our patients until the opportunity arose to transition into a recreational farm.
With the changing landscape of medical and recreational cannabis, what do you see as the biggest challenges to your progress as a company? Any advantages?
We’re not folks who had a ton of money saved or acquired a loan thinking it would be a slam dunk investment to create and sustain a high tech, state of the art cannabis farm. Instead, we had all of our ducks in a row to apply for a recreational license on our property once cannabis became legalized in our state and were able to turn our humble medical grow that served our patients into a family business that can serve clients and consumers across the state. Thankfully, politics are the lesser of challenges for us. Our greatest challenge is coping with Mother Nature and adapting to what she brings for us each fall during a vulnerable flowering season.
What words of advice would you offer anyone seeking to enter the world of cannabis business?
Try not to be afraid to reach out and ask for help. It is wonderfully fulfilling to feel like freedom of expression and a reclaiming of identity have been welcomed and encouraged in this industry. At one time or another, many of us felt like our voices were silenced due to fears of safety, incarceration, judgement, etc. Since states began legalizing cannabis, a beautiful community has been planted, and has created a space in which we can use our voices to speak out and speak up. Vulnerability has evolved into a strength and an asset.
What are the goals and vision moving forward, for your company? Where do you see your company in five years?
In addition to cultivating craft product that is available in various mediums for consumers across the state, we will be hosting events, workshops, and retreats at our farm and opening up our brand to cannabis tourism. Our goal is to create a space where people can come to relax and connect – through a variety of mediums – all while gleaning general knowledge about cannabis and about the type of product that we cultivate on our land. In five years, we imagine a nation that has federally legalized cannabis and hope to be able to distribute our product across state lines and welcome folks from all walks of life to participate in events at our farm.
What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?
I want people to feel like they are a part of a community within this industry. It can sometimes feel like an intimidating space. We want to be a resource for anyone across the board – from those who are just starting out, to pioneers/veterans. You are not alone, and you are so, so supported! We want to eliminate barriers – both perceived and institutionalized – and curate a space where people can connect and thrive.