CANNAINVESTOR Magazine November / December 2016 - Page 87

Tom Lauerman, more affectionately known as Farmer Tom, has had his hands in the ground since the tender age of 12, when he started landscaping and planting. He and his wife Paula eventually owned their own landscape construction business. The “groundwork” was set, and so was his passion for all things natural. He went on to manage an organic seed farm, wild crafting herbs for the pharmaceutical and herbal industries, and he also held the title of Director of Manufacturing at Pacifica, a natural beauty brand, where he was responsible for sourcing and developing new products.

A lifelong surfer and champion downhill mountain bike racer, Farmer Tom’s life mission is all about clean living and embracing an organic, natural lifestyle. He not only lives that mission, but he also farms it. Farmer Tom’s organic and bio-dynamic farming techniques raise the bar for all farmers, and he has become a role model and advocate for the independent and small grower.

An expert in his field and the owner of ‘The Garden of the Green Sun’ Farm in Vancouver, Washington, Farmer Tom has welcomed students from around the world to his farm to learn organic growing techniques for fruits, vegetables, and medicinals. He teaches in small, intimate settings, where students have the opportunity to experience a “hands on” education. Likewise, Medical Marijuana Patients have benefitted from Farmer Tom’s expertise in growing Cannabis and in the extraction processes used in Cannabis based herbal remedies. A popular speaker at Cannabis and Hemp related Events, Farmer Tom is also a guest blogger and contributor to numerous publications such as ‘The Columbian;’ ‘Cannabis Chronicles;’ and ‘The Cannabis Daily Record.’

Farmer Tom is the most recognizable Organic Cannabis Farmer in the industry, where his brand and likeness embody a clean, outdoor living and organic lifestyle – fulfilling his life mission. He is a passionate activist, a member of the Washington State Cannabis Commission Formation Committee, and he has worked with WA state LCB to legalize all concentrates. He is an advocate for creating standards in the cannabis industry to ensure safety and efficacy, and he is the first farmer to work directly with any federal agency (NIOSH).

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