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Collecting Genetics in Parvati – Part 1

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At last, after 3 weeks and a lot of trekking, I have finally arrived at my main destination. A  beautiful house high up at the top of its own valley. If you didn’t know it was here you could never find it and its for that reason that I’ve come here. Total isolation and access to a wide selection of local genetics to look at.

 My friend has separated whole plants into bundles which he feels are of the same phenotype or distinct genetics. He has a perfect balcony to work on and after setting up space and organising the tools we will need for the separation process, its time for a coffee and a walk to take in the location properly.

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His area is incredible, during the summer and autumn the whole area is covered in Cannabis fields. The house is surrounded on all sides by cultivation and he shows me his personal fields and explains how it’s possible to rent space from local farmers and even pay them to prepare the area and sow seeds for you.

 After a nice morning walk its time to settle down and start the process of separating and cleaning the seeds for storage and shipping back to the UK. I have figured a system out for removing the husks from seeds and removing infertile and damaged seeds. It’s basically just the same as removing husks from wheat or rice.

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We work our way through the multiple bundles of plants and while I’m removing seeds from the dried bud it’s a perfect chance to really look at the plants and check smells and bud formation. Because the plants seed fairly early the buds don’t really fully form and I’m actually very surprised by the number of resin heads on the flowers. It seems that pollination here doesn’t slow down the production of resin, like I have seen in other places.

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 It’s a repetitive process, rubbing, sieving and separating. Especially removing any unwanted seeds. Once we are happy with each batch we bag and label everything. All of these seeds will have the chance of massive variation away from their current traits as there is no way of knowing what males have pollinated them. As a breeder its this variance which gives the chance of something special popping up.

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By the end of the first day, we have worked our way through about half of the plants he has prepared but it’s getting really cold as soon as the sunlight fades over the mountain tops so we head inside and light the fire and sit and swap tales of adventures past and plans for the future. Tomorrow we are going to finish off cleaning the selected plants and begin to collect mixed seed from what remains.

Andrew Bill

Andrew Bill

Andrew Bill is a 41-year-old cannabis activist, writer and businessman from the UK. He moved to Amsterdam at the age of 19 and has worked in numerous Dutch coffeeshops, including Barneys Breakfast Bar where he was part of the team that won multiple cannabis cups.
Travelling extensively throughout his adult life, his passion for cannabis culture and history has recently driven him to search out landrace genetics from around the world.

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