Falling for Flowers By the Argonaut News
Photos by Fanny Chu

Photos by Fanny Chu

It’s hard not to fall for The Unlikely Florist’s beautiful bouquets. Spilling from a 1980 VW Vanagon, the rustic arrangements of blushing protea, ruddy South African pincushions and mustard-yellow billy balls attract people like spring blossoms charm honey bees. Small children run to the modified camper van parked outside the beachy Great White café on Pacific Avenue as if it were hawking ice cream; parents wrangle them to get a family picture. 

Zach Rubin
Humboldt Farms Handing Out Bouquets To Celebrate Los Angeles Debut by High Times
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California is in super bloom, a dramatic ramp-up of its wildflower population caused by the state’s recent heavy rain and ideal warmth conditions. Perhaps touring the poppy fields in Antelope Valley or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s lilies and primroses is the perfect stoned activity. At any rate, the super bloom has one California cannabis company thinking floral. Throughout the weekend of March 30th, Humboldt Farms is celebrating its products’ arrival to Los Angeles by passing out flower bouquets to dispensary customers.

The company is aiming for nature vibes with its product line, which includes flower, resin, and vape cartridges. Lisa Curiel Parker, Humboldt Farms communication and marketing manager, hyped that earthy link when she told High Times about this weekend’s flower giveaway with LA’s The Unlikely Florist, calling the company “completely in tune to the beautiful nature in the state.”

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Humboldt Magic Makers, Ep. 9
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ALYSSA MELODY

Meet Alyssa Melody, acupuncturist, traditional Chinese herbalist, and founder of holistic herb company Root & Bones. She has called Humboldt home for eleven years, including her time as an undergrad at Humboldt State. Read on to discover more about our final Magic Maker of 2018…

 

 

What inspires you? 

People living their best lives; wild nature.

 
 
 

How has the natural landscape of Humboldt influenced your work?

I moved here specifically to be surrounded by the natural beauty. The nature here is wild and captivating, and very grounding for me. Anytime I am feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious, I know I can be in the forest or on the beach in a matter of minutes with a totally different mind set. 

 
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THE NATURE HERE

is wild and captivating, and very grounding for me.

 

How long have you been making your offering?

I have had my private acupuncture practice for 6 years, and Root & Bones has been around for a year and a half. 

 
 

 

How has the culture of Humboldt influenced your work?

Starting two businesses in Humboldt has been a wonderful experience. The Humboldt community has been very open and accepting to acupuncture and herbs, which allows me the space to grow. There are such incredible artists and makers here with a willingness to connect, collaborate support each others work. The slower paced life here feels better for my soul, and allows me the chance to focus on what is important to me.

 

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I AM INSPIRED

by the people who have dedicated their lives to growing and offering powerful medicine to the greater community.

 

 

How has the cannabis industry in Humboldt County affected or contributed to your career or community?

I am inspired by the people who have dedicated their lives to growing and offering powerful medicine to the greater community.  

 
 

What are your favorite products and how do they enhance your overall well-being? 

I love edibles and CBD tinctures. CBD has helped me with anxiety, insomnia and menstrual pain, while the edibles are a night time treat to help me have restful sleep. Insomnia and extreme menstrual cramps have been a life long struggle for me. To be able to use a natural product to help with both of these things has made life much better! 

 

 How do they affect your creative process?

When I let go of my anxiety and fear I can be a better practitioner and business owner. Its helpful to have something that gets rid of the rigid ideas I can have of how I should be running a business, and instead allows me the space to do things authentically.  

 

To learn more about Alyssa and Root & Bones, check out her website and follow her on Instagram!

Zach Rubin
Humboldt Magic Makers, Ep. 8
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JACQUI LANGELAND

Meet Jacqui Langeland. Her wild and whimsical illustrations would be a favorite of ours regardless of her whereabouts, but we love that we can call her a local. A Humboldt resident for the last 22 years, Jacqui’s enchanting art captures both the beauty and imagination of our county perfectly. Read on to discover more about our October Magic Maker...

 

 

What inspires you? 

So much! Above all old macabre faerie tales, dark forests, and beautifully illustrated picture books — Arthur Rackham, Tove Jansson, Virginia Lee Burton — a fresh color palette is always inspiring too. 

 
 
 

How has the natural landscape of Humboldt influenced your work?

I'm always fascinated and inspired by forest life — trees, woodland creatures, fungus, so the redwoods have been an endless source of visual reference. We are so lucky to have these dramatic ancient forests and gorgeous beaches, and mountains...it's pretty special here. 

 
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I’M ALWAYS

fascinated and inspired by forest life — trees, woodland creatures, fungus.

 

How long have you been making your art?

I've been making art since I could hold a crayon; In the last ten years I've moved back and forth from watercolor, pen and ink, pencils, oil paints, and gouache, which is my current favorite.

 
 

 

How has the culture of Humboldt influenced your work?

Humboldt is the perfect place to be an artist. It's filled with other creative and inspiring people, and we are surrounded with the most epic landscape. Humboldt is a place that nurtures magic which I always try to incorporate into my work in some way. 

 

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HUMBOLDT IS

a place that nurtures magic.

 

 

How has the cannabis industry in Humboldt County affected or contributed to your career or community?

It's been really exciting to see the cannabis industry finally come out of the shadows, and to see people that have built all this knowledge and skill be able to share with the rest of the world. Cannabis has been a way for people to support themselves living in this unique and secluded area, which everyone living here has benefitted from either directly or indirectly. I definitely think it's contributed to the disproportionate amount of creative energy in the community as well. 

 

 

To learn more about Jacqui Langeland, check out her website and follow her on Instagram!

Zach Rubin