Watershed Fund

The Watershed Fund supports collaborative, action-based projects that generate data to quantify improved resource use. The results can develop a replicable framework and inform decision making as we transition to a regenerative model.

Guided by permaculture principles and focusing on individual efforts that have great, cumulative effects, as a community we can participate in the process of adaptive land management for a regenerative future.

Compliant Farms was formed as the cultural, regulatory and ecological worlds of small, private cannabis farms collided.

Through the design and implementation of site specific management plans, we facilitate an approach for our community to become better land stewards. In our business plan and process, through education and resource sharing, from the generosity of our clients, the Watershed Fund was born.

The Compliant Farms Watershed Fund financed by environmentally-minded cannabis farmers is proud to fund an acre for the Save the Van Arken project to permanently protect the bio-diverse headwaters of the Mattole River.

The Van Arken Watershed is in the heart of the Mattole River headwaters and spans 1,650 acres in Humboldt County, California. This watershed is currently free from residential development, and is a salmon stronghold for wild runs of native coho, chinook, and steelhead. Sanctuary Forest launched the Fund an Acre campaign to take advantage of an opportunity to purchase and protect this sensitive watershed from being divided and developed.

The Watershed Fund, a Compliant Farms client supported research and education fund, is excited to announce the funding of it’s first project. In partnership with the Salmonid Restoration Federation, the Watershed Fund invites all of our rural cannabis community members to a Greywater Workshop with greywater design expert Laura Allen.

The Watershed Fund sponsored this year’s annual Salmonid Restoration Conference which offered an unparalleled opportunity for professionals, academics, and scientists to present their research to a large audience of fisheries restoration enthusiasts.

The Watershed Fund supports collaborative, action-based projects that generate data to quantify improved resource use. The results can develop a replicable framework and inform decision making as we transition to a regenerative model.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.