Who We Are
hollie hall, phd

Hollie Hall, PhD is a soil and water scientist with expertise in providing Cannabis farmers the support needed to transition farms into environmentally compliant, water-secure, regenerative agricultural systems. With over 20 years’ experience in the field, Hollie works with government agencies, non-profits, and the private sector to integrate the needs of society, government and environment to support the establishment of Cannabis farmers who implement watershed-friendly practices that reverse the negative impacts of historic natural resources extraction practices. Her professional goals are to redefine the dominant societal perspective of Cannabis industries via participation in the development of farm management systems, breaking of barriers between farmers and government agents and participation in policy development processes. Hollie views regenerative cannabis farming techniques as the standard to which agricultural land and water use activities throughout California and the world ought to be held. In addition to operating two natural resources consulting firms, Hollie also serves as Executive Board Member for the International Cannabis Farmers Association, Humboldt County Fish & Game Advisory Commissioner, and Member for Humboldt County Project Trellis Micro Grant and Load Advisory Committee.

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dan mar, CPD

High Tide Permaculture specializes in site design specific to watershed restoration, holistic property management and regenerative cannabis farms.

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Planning & Design

Water, land, and resource use planning and farm design with a holistic perspective of watersheds. The Compliant Farms team develops and monitors the implementation of plans that help farmers to take advantage of a property’s assets to improve soil fertility, water efficiency, and watershed health, while moving their farms beyond baseline compliance. Covering topics such as cultivation site suitability, integrated pest management, soil fertility, water security, rainwater catchment, regenerative farming techniques, our team specializes in taking your cannabis farm beyond compliance into excellence.

Consultation

The Compliant Farms team is available for consultation on the ecological aspects of your cannabis farm and associated land so you can make the most of your resources responsibly. Popular consultation topics include: water system design and compliance, holistic land management, soil fertility improvement, integrated pest management, watershed management, land use design, rainwater catchment systems, regenerative farming techniques, natural resources management, and cannabis farm compliance.

Compliance

We work with farmers to assess compliance with environmental regulations, implement plans for meeting compliance standards, and monitor progress toward achievement of a farming system that have positive, cumulative effects on the overall watershed. We specialize in compliance with the Water Board’s water quality programs, County environmental compliance, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife compliance., We take farmers beyond the mandated standards so their farms can continue to thrive for years to come.

Site Assessment

When the Compliant Farms team goes to a farm for a primary site assessment, we thoroughly inspect the parcel’s developed,cultivated, and adjacent wild land areas. It is our goal to empower our clients to understand how their activities can be integrated into a watershed-wide perspective. After the assessment is complete, we provide clients with a summary and a list of action items highlighting best management actions to be taken as soon as possible to reduce negative environmental impacts. We also collect information for water rights permitting, assess the need for California Fish and Wildlife permits and begin the development of a long-term vision.

Workshops

We want all farmers to benefit from the knowledge of regenerative farming practices and other techniques that save water, improve soil, and keep plants thriving. The Compliant Farms team offers workshops and livecast videos with DIY tips and advice for farmers on a wide variety of topics, including Last Minute Farm Winterization and Reducing Runoff. Find more resources here.

Speaking

We love to share our knowledge. Principals Hollie Hall, PhD and Dan Mar, CPD are accepting invitations for speaking opportunities with sufficient advance notice. Learn more about who they are and how to get in touch.