Our Founders 2017-11-13T01:07:53+00:00

Our Founders

Nikki & Swami – “The Cannabis Couple”

Together Nikki and Swami make a team of expert flower judges in The Emerald Cup since it founding in 2003 and proudly present the award for “Best Flower” at the annual ceremony. Co-directors of Ganja Ma Gardens Collective and always with the craft cannabis farmer, their history, knowledge and culture, Nikki and Swami participate actively in public forums that shape legislation Mendocino’s craft cultivators. Nikki and Swami have known one another since 1969 in various incarnations as friends, spouses, spiritual brethren and business and land partners.

Swami Select aims to raise awareness of the benefits of sun-grown organic cannabis. For nearly two decades, Swami Select has helped guide cannaisseurs in their exploration of this sacred plant’s many healing qualities.

Cannabis consciousness is on the rise. As cultural acceptance for medicinal and inspirational uses of cannabis grows annually, so, too, does corporate interest. With legalization taking shape, it’s vital the plants natural, healing integrity is preserved. Just as we strive to eat organic natural foods, ingesting organic sun-grown cannabis betters our personal health as well as the well being of our planet. For these reasons and more, as we move toward legalization across the country, Swami Select is proud to share biodynamic cultivation knowledge with others. Even more, we excited to take you, the cannaisseur, inside Emerald Triangle cannabis culture.

Nikki Lastreto

Nikki Lastreto was born in the right place at the right time to be a flower child in San Francisco in the Sixties. After years of being the Ultimate City Girl, working at The San Francisco Chronicle and KRON-TV, Nikki dropped out and traveled the world, living primarily in India. After several years, she returned to San Francisco, soon making her way north to the hills of Mendocino County. Now, as founder of Swami Select, she fosters the growth of sustainable, lab-tested craft cannabis that is cultivated in living soil using regenerative, organic methods.

Swami Chaitanya

Called “The Swami of Pot” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Swami Chaitanya is a radical classical. Having started life as an East Coast academic, now, in his early seventies, he’s grown over the years into a West Coast Cannabis Holy Man. A self-described “original hippie,” Swami moved to San Francisco in 1967. From there, he traveled the world, living in South America, Europe and India for many years, before settling in Northern California’s Mendocino County, the heart of the Emerald Triangle. A well-known figure on the music festival scene, Swami speaks and teaches publicly on spirituality.