Austen Connella Board Member of Central Coast Cannabis Council grew up in San Luis Obispo County where he graduated from Atascadero High School and attended Cuesta College. He went to San Francisco State University where he studied Entrepreneurship with a focus on the medical cannabis industry. He has been a medical patient since 2000 and has been cultivating cannabis in accordance with State Law ever since.
Austen has started several patient-based groups including his current farm and collective SLOCal Roots Farms. Mr. Connella was the first applicant for a brick and mortar dispensary in the unincorporated area of San Luis Obispo County with the North County Resource Center in 2002. He worked closely with county staff for 2 years to develop a dispensary ordinance and also served on the sub-committee for the city of Morro Bay for the cannabis Draft ordinance in 2011. There, he planned to open the “Bayside Patients Collective.”
A second generation cannabis farmer, Austen grew up around the cannabis plant and has deep admiration for its medical benefits. He specializes in organic and sustainable farming techniques but also has years of experience in manufacturing and consulting. Austen has an extensive background and 20 years of experience in indoor, greenhouse, and outdoor cultivation. He specializes in sustainable farming practices and has a considerable knowledge of developing a soil web food system. Austen always strives to implement regenerative-agricultural and biodynamic-farming techniques in all his projects.