Yes, I believe that NL is, and will always be, the best strain on earth. The story of its birth is nothing less than a legend and has been mistold for years. As most legends go, it has been modified, glorified, and transformed into a fairytale. it is my belief that an accurate view of the past can greatly influence a positive future, thus, expierience, is the truest form of education. Years ago I and many others were sure that this story would NEVER be told, now we all agree that it has to be. I will tell it now as best as I can with a great hope that the next generation will realize that canibus roots reach much farther than the medium we plant it in. This will be a little vauge I don't want to distort the history with what I am not sure of.
The first thing you should understand is that northern Michigan is very primitive, and Wolverine, Mich. is no exception. Winters there are hard, there are few locals and the year round residents are like mountain men, Its a tough life in the north, cutting wood and shoveling snow are family events here and everyone knows everything about everyone.
When the first NL strains started to show up I was very young, my parents worked for the department of natural resorces and I spent many long summers in the forests. Sometimes my father ( a true biker type) would work on saturdays with one other man and they would take me with them. we always worked in the same basic areas on those days and although I wondered why, I kinda knew that I should not ask.
On weekends we would travel 3 hours south or 3 hours east to visit family and friends, as I came of age I slowly realized I was seeing a group of men with a mission and I quickly put it together.
Now at this point I wished I was older, my father, under pressure from mom, let go of the lifestyle, However he was a man of integrityand gathered great respect from all that knew him. The was expected from me and as I got older I was greatly exposed.
The actual crosses used in NL were not named strains in fact they were numbered, I seen babies with number 2 on them as well as number 29, so I dont know that anyone could have given a true lineage at any point.
Two brothers in the north took a leadership role in the project, I believe that they had no idea where they were going with this other than just makin' good weed. they had a sizeable grow op that would make a modern grower laugh. There were no test groups, no controll rooms, no bigtime operation at all. So they made do with what they had.
A batch of plants and seed stock was sent south, a while later the same was sent east.
One of the brothers would go from place to place pickin up new stock and droppin off stock from another sorce. breeding stock was chosen for size, color, and trichs. These guys only seemed to know one style of breeding and that was "adaptive" they had a therory that if they only kept the strongest producers with the best qualitys the strain would have to improve, and if they done this in multiple locations and rotated stock the outcome would be a strain that does well in many different settings. Needless to say they were right. As near as I can figure this went on for about ten years gie or take.
Sounds simple huh? So what makes NL so wonderfull? RESPECT and DIGNITY, and INTEGRITY, these are the primary ingredients that bring a "breeding" to its potential. I will always be impressed by the people who pulled this off. And threre's a lot of them.
isn't it odd that with so many players no one was ripped or backstabbed, isn't it odd that no one has ever stepped forward and proclaimed themselves as the creator? When these guys pulled MASSIVE yields they never sold out and took the beans anywhere. In fact it is said that the beans originaly taken from mich were GIFTED not sold and that the gifted stock was thousands of seed most of which never made it to the final destination.
A couple poor backwoods boys with a few good beans are most likely the best breeders to ever grace this earth. not because of thier knowledge or the luck of a good strain or a kick ass grow room. there were few books on the subject and they were expersive and hard to find so it wasn't that. They never even knew that the only reason they had sucess was because they had RESPECT, DIGNITY, AND INTEGRITY!!!!! THESE MY FRIENDS ARE THE ONLY INGREDIENTS THAT WILL SEPARATE STRAINS FROM GREAT STRAINS, GROWERS FROM GREAT GROWERS AND BREEDERS FROM GREAT BREEDERS.
I want all who read this to picture a few hairy men with broken chainsaws and a few missing teeth in the bunch. Picture bluejeans with holes and patches, plaid work shirts and very little education. Cheap beer drinkers, Deer poachers (for food for the family) and bar fighters. And just think, that group had a level of trust and respect for each other and the MJ that we may never see again, those "losers" were better humans than most of us will ever be.
RESPECT EACH OTHER IT WORKS!!!
I respect you all G45