Nathaniel said the natural beauty and sense of community in Humboldt County made him choose to make it his home. In Humboldt County, he’s also worked in river restoration, helping protect endangered salmon. His work in salmon genetics served him well as a cannabis breeder, according to his daughter.
Nathaniel has stated that he bred his first seeds in 1998 and “fell in love with the idea of being able to create and explore new kinds of cannabis.”
In the years before cannabis legalization, Halle said her father kept a nursery on the house property and grew plants on multiple “guerilla patches’ ‘ that were accessible only after long hikes on unmarked trails. If both of her parents had to head to the patches, Halle would tag along, and by age 2, “I got really excellent at ducking branches while sitting in a backpack.”
Those childhood memories and the new ones she’s creating with her dad and family make it clear to Pennington how fortunate she is.
“It’s so lovely to grow up in nature, with this beautiful farm at our fingertips, and just spend our days out in the sun with our family and hang out with the plants. I really can’t imagine a better childhood. I really hope when it comes time, I can raise my kids in a similar environment.”
Over the years spent in the Humboldt County wilderness, Pennington has also taken part in the company’s massive “phenotype hunts,” devoted to developing the absolute best new cannabis varieties to cultivate. She said this can require growing thousands of healthy plants until you find the one that’s just right.