The reversal of marijuana laws and the outright legalization of pot in a growing number of states has converted cannabis cultivation from a clandestine, backwoods operation into a mainstream, multi-billion-dollar agricultural business. An American Cannabis Story details the backstory and methods of Puffin Farm—one of America’s first legal-cannabis pioneers—and swings open the gate onto the previously unseen world of the blossoming American weed culture. With unprecedented exclusive access, author and photographer David Goodman reveals the never-before-seen world of America’s “Green Rush” in words and stunning photos. An American Cannabis Story will forever change the way you see and understand cannabis.
Welcome to Puffin Farm, one of Washington state’s first legitimate canna-businesses and the brainchild of growers Jade Stefano and Ben Short, the couple at the center of this cannabis adventure and the driving force behind some of the world’s purest organic, top-quality weed.
Open the book and discover detailed first person texts and jaw-droppingly beautiful photographs of the behind-the-scenes cultivation, extraction, and processing of the finest grade, sun-grown, organic cannabis on the market. This is not your average cannabis farm, and Goodman makes that point by taking you deep into the operations of this Sun+Earth Certified grower. Unlike the backwoods pot field operations of yore, Goodman’s photographs of the sweeping, sun-drenched fields and gorgeous up-close plant studies provide a surprisingly wholesome view into modern American organic cannabis cultivation.
A first-of-its-kind book, An American Cannabis Story explores the founders’ odyssey, beginning when they met in high school at the tender age of fourteen, and shows how the pair went on to develop multi-award-winning techniques and skills that led them to become among the most respected cannabis growers in the USA.
Thanks to Goodman’s close relationship with these cannabis pioneers, the reader is privy to everything that goes into the cultivation of cannabis as Goodman trains his lens on all the goings-on at the farm, as well as on the proud young farm workers, following a full-season-crop’s progress from seed to cure. Further chapters cover the processes that go into the making of all the various cannabis products, with beautifully detailed photo spreads of the manufacture of bubble hash, vaping oil, rosin, and pre-roll joints, among others.
An American Cannabis Story is an in-depth look at the cannabis industry’s wholesome new attitude, packed with stunning images, and filled with the hopes and dreams of today’s new green entrepreneurs.
About the Author
David Goodman is a self-taught photographer who received his first camera at the age of 8, learned to develop film at 11, and created photography throughout his teen years in the darkroom he built in the basement of his Long Island home. He opened his first photography studio in New York City when he was 24. Over the years his work has appeared in print and online publications as diverse as The New York Times, Vogue Magazine, The Advocate, and Huffington Post. His most recent NYC gallery show featured his photo series on Manhattan’s revolutionary park, the High Line.