HOUSE OF RASTAFARI GROWERS CO-OP
EMPOWERMENT PARTNER OF THE CANNACLUB & GROWERS CO-OP
Introduction to The House of Rastafari Growers Co-Op
1. The House of Rastafari Growers Co-Op was established in 2020 by Ras Sebastian Ruben Andrews, who is also the Chairperson of the Bitou : House of Rastafari, and as assisted by the local Cannabis community and the Members & Management Committee of The CannaClub & Growers Co-Op.
2. The goal of the House of Rastafari Growers Co-Op as an independent local initiative is to establish Indigenous Growers, Indigenous Owned Social Cannabis Clubs, and Indigenous owned Processing Hubs, specifically on the Garden Route, and to economically transform these communities through this initiative.
3. The fact of the matter is that Rastafari & other indigenous communities such as the Griekwa's & the Khoi San have cultivated and used Cannabis medicinally, recreationally & spiritually over centuries. It is therefore logical for them to also be economically active in this emerging sector.
4. The founders of The CannaClub, and the Management Committee of The CannaClub, have a long standing relationship with the House of Rastafari, and are committed to providing all assistance possible in ensuring that our Rastafarian brothers are included in the Cannabis sector. In fact it would be senseless not for them to play a major role, since they have the experience in cultivating, processing, as well as small scale sales of Cannabis.
5. The CannaClub has provided free education in many forms, but especially on Fridays, for Rastafarian Growers, since 2019. The CannaClub & Growers Co-Op sponsored a 50 plant grow patch in 2019 for the Bitou House of Rastafari. For 2020 , 88 high value female strains were donated to local Rastafarian growers. For the 2021 season, The CannaClub & Growers Co-Op through it’s partner APMS, managed to provide more than 200 high value female strains, which was distributed under the Rastafarian youth leaders of 5 different regions, representing the Southern Cape region (Stilbaai, Albertinia, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, and George).
6. Due to the economic imbalances of the past, the House of Rastafari Growers Co-Op is still not in a position to be able to open Social Cannabis Clubs.
7. During 2021, Ras Sebastian Ruben Andrews was selected to become a lecturer of Cheeba Africa and presented several courses relating to African traditional medicine & spiritualism.
Short Term Requirements of The House of Rastafari Growers Co-Op
1. The first short term requirement is a Club house with a secure building & centrally located, that won’t be taken away from them once they have established a functional operation (donation / long-term lease option).
2. Such Club house would require space for a nursery area which is of critical importance for the distribution of high value clones & planters to the House of Rastafari growers.
3. They require secure land with water for a community based cultivation initiative, as it is very difficult for them to grow efficiently in their current backyards or remote areas. It is important to note that they wish to cultivate not only Cannabis, but also the more than 25 highly beneficial natural herbs which are indigenous to the Western Cape area, which can be found here.
4. Growers assistance i.t.o.
Tyres & tyre delivery
Organic Nutrients / Pest Control
5. Sponsorships to establish Western Cape Medicinal Herb breeding stock. In this regard The CannaClub through the HVDW Trust is willing to provide grow space in an area already identified, irrigation and care for breeding genetics in a mother plant conservancy, from where the House of Rastafari can take cuttings to populate their community land.
Long Term Requirements of The House of Rastafari Growers Co-Op
1. The greatest of these would be the establishment of a communal micro-processing hub, as proposed for use by all local cultivators, including those of the House of Rastafari, and potentially in partnership with The Scissor Sisters, The CannaClub & The Bitou Municipality for the Micro Hub development.
2. A much larger future processing hub, as proposed by the Cannabis Master Plan is envisaged as the requirement is established.