NAME: David Standard
AGE: 30

What’s been the most difficult part of getting to a 50th crop at Deep Roots Harvest?

-Every new facility has its little quirks that need to worked out. Getting everything dialed in is always the hardest part. Originally being from Colorado I had to adjust some of my growing methods to account for the extreme heat and dryness of Mesquite.


What has been the easiest part about getting to a 50th crop at Deep Roots Harvest?

-There was nothing easy about getting to harvest 50, LOL. If I had to pick one thing, I would say the plant itself. Luckily it grows like a weed


What would you say is the single most important thing that has allowed the cultivation team at DRH to reach 50 successful harvests?

-Having a great team is extremely important, and we have an amazing team at Deep Roots. Everyone from the growers to the trimmers play a role in making Deep Roots great. Getting to 50 successful harvests would’ve been impossible without everyone’s help and support.


What makes you most proud about reaching 50 crops at Deep Roots Harvest?

-I’m very proud that we haven’t had any bug problems (knock on wood). We spend a lot of time cleaning and have a robust Integrated Pest Management program that has worked very well at Deep Roots.


Give us a few methods or techniques that can really take finished cannabis from good to great.

1.The Cure

2.The Cure

3.The Cure


The only thing that can take good to great, and great to even better is the cure. With such a dry environment, it’s easy to dry the flowers too quickly and miss out on a proper cure. We have worked hard to change out processes to ensure that we get a nice long cure.


What’s the hardest part about your job?

-The plants never take a day off. Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July- we are here taking care of the plants. And the fact that they are all female plants, sometimes they get a little moody


You’ve grown in many states, what makes growing in Nevada unique? Challenging? Easier?

The humidity is the biggest challenge. It makes the drying, curing, and packaging a little difficult. Being located in the desert makes the (amount of) bugs we need to worry about a lot less.


When and how did you start to develop an interest in gardening and specifically growing cannabis? 

I started growing as my mom’s caregiver in Colorado. She had ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and cannabis had been shown to help slow the progress. From there it became a passion. I started working with cancer patients and teaching people how to grow their own.


What’s your favorite thing about working at Deep Roots? 

My favorite thing about working at Deep Roots is that I’ve been here sense the beginning. I was able to design the facility and hand pick the grow team. It honestly doesn’t feel like work that often.


What’s your favorite movie?

That depends on what I’m smoking… Dumb and Dumber is a classic. I also like the stranger movies like Seven Psychopaths.


What’s your favorite food?

Hands down its pizza. My record is 5 nights in a row for dinner…..and second dinner when the munchies kick in.


What’s your favorite band?

I don’t really have a favorite. I listen to everything. One day it’s old school rap, the next it’s techno, then metal. I will say that I get obsessed with songs and play them to death. So I guess I have short term favorites.


What’s your favorite strain?

My favorite strain right now is Ghostbuster. Keep your eyes open for when crop 53 drops



If you were to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, what would it be for?

I’m really not sure. If was originally planning on being a pilot, and now I’m the Director of Cultivation for Deep Roots. I just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. I have no idea what life has in store for me. I just try not to worry too much and have fun.


If you could share a cannabis moment with anyone alive or dead, who would it be?

Bill Nye the science guy!!! Science RULES!!! 


What’s your favorite thing about Mesquite? What do you do in your spare time?

I love that there is never traffic. I have 8 month old dog and just got another puppy so my spare time is spent with them exploring and running.


What’s your favorite thing to do in Vegas?

Leave Vegas. LOL. I like to eat really good food when I’m there. I pretend I’m a foodie and treat myself to expensive meals now and then.