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Airbnb Partners with Cannabis Farm in Petaluma, California

The decline in COVID cases means that the tourism industry (including Airbnb) is on track to rebound. The number of states working to legalize or expanding their cannabis industry is a major factor in this boom in marijuana tourism. Airbnb is one example of such a partnership with Sonoma Hills Farm, a California cannabis farm.

The farm can be found in Sonoma County. It’s located south of Mendocino County. As is customary with Airbnb listings, this home’s official name is descriptive of what its hosts hope guests will experience during their stay: “Live the High Life at Sonoma Hills Farm.”

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According to the farm’s Vice President of Cannabis Cultivation and Production, Aaron Keefer, he is proud to bring a relaxing and unique vacation experience to interested guests. 

“If it sounds like a dream job, it’s because it is. While my background is in gardening and fine dining (I spent a decade as lead culinary gardener of the nationally recognized fine dining institution The French Laundry in nearby Napa as the lead culinary gardener),” Keefer shares. “My heart lies here at the farm, where I’m able to combine my love of food and obsession with gardening to cultivate my favorite flora: cannabis. I hope you leave our farmstead with the same passion I feel about this practice and perhaps even a budding green thumb.”

Interview with Keefer Forbes that his main goal is to “normalize” hemp and cannabis cultivation. “By offering an insider’s look into how we carefully cultivate our products—be they vegetables or cannabis strains—we hope to offer a stay that’s equal parts relaxing and enriching,” he said. “By connecting with the land, guests will leave with a different perspective than when they arrived and will have supported our farm in a meaningful way.”

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Staying at the farm doesn’t connect guests directly with any licensed cannabis plants or products though. “Due to regulations and legal limitations, guests will not be visiting a licensed cannabis marijuana grow or interacting with cannabis marijuana,” the Airbnb listing states. 

“Guests instead have access to a neighboring private home, vegetable garden and cannabis hemp farm. They are legal under federal law and look exactly like cannabis marijuana plants. In addition, they’ll have access to all of the other produce on the property.” The listing does mention a selection of CBD products from various companies in California, such as Green Bee Botanicals, Potli, Rose Los Angeles and Jane West, as well as candles from Garden Society.

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On April 20, at 10:10 a.m. PDT the home will be available for reservations. The current window is open for visitors between April 30th and May 3. The $60 per-night rate is for the 60-acre farm. Keefer explained that this price was in comparison to other properties on the property. One of the listing’s many offerings includes “Regenerative Recreation,” allowing guests to explore the farm’s dedication to regenerative farming practices and hang out with the home’s two permanent residents, “Curly Sue the Mangalitsa pig and Tony the Highland cow.”

Airbnb will donate to an organization dedicated to supporting regenerative agriculture. “In appreciation for Sonoma Hills Farm’s regenerative and sustainable cannabis cultivation, Airbnb will make a donation to Regeneration International to support their mission to reverse global warming and end world hunger by facilitating and accelerating the global transition to regenerative agriculture and land management,” the listing states.