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Glentucky Gets Gold

Family Farm La Bomba Takes a Gold at Inaugural California State Fair Cannabis Awards
Glentucky Gets Gold
Mike Benziger wins cannibis award.Source: Kenwood Press archives

By Mia Epstein

Glentucky Family Farm (GFF), is the biodynamic passion project of longtime farmers Mike and Mary Benziger. The farm is a one-man cottage license operation that grows just 50 plants, which is approximately 4,000 to 5,000 jars. “Adding cannabis cultivation, alongside wine, craft beer, cheese and olive oil, was a perfect fit with the CA State Fair’s history of celebrating California’s rich agriculture history,” said California Exposition & State Fair Board of Directors Chair Jess Durfee.

On June 27, GFF took home a gold medal at the inaugural California State Fair Cannabis competition. La Bomba, a proprietary strain from GFF joined eight other outdoor winners and La Bomba won in the Limonene category. “To say we are thrilled would be an understatement,” said enthused grower, Mike Benziger. “Ironically, this award comes forty years after our Glen Ellen winery won their first wine award at the Sonoma County fair. What an evolution!”

The science-based competition evaluated cannabis flower across three divisions: indoor, mixed light and outdoor. Lab testing was provided by SC Labs, California’s premier testing facilities, to determine the winners in 10 categories: Cannabinoids consisting of CBDa, CBGa and THCa, as well as Terpenes including Myrcene, beta-Caryophyllene, Limonene, Ocimene, Terpinolene, Pinene and a co-dominant category. The competition was a success for the Glentucky Family Farm and has solidified the addition of cannabis cultivation as a prosperous decision.