Nevil Schoenmakers passed Friday Afternoon March 29th, 2019 (North American Time) after a fight with cancer in Australia. Regarded by many as “The King” or The Original Seed” of Cannabis–especially cannabis seed breeding and genetics.
Nevil’s life was more colourful than many a modern day tale. A man who built a small empire selling Cannabis Seeds after travelling the world, including to some pretty dangerous places, to obtain genetics for his breeding projects. His tale is also one of tragedy and hardships.
Not long after establishing The Seed Bank in Holland, and operating out of The Cannabis Castle, he began selling his seeds via mail order to growers all over the world. It was said that he had sold over $500,000 worth of seeds to over 15,000 growers in the USA during a brief period in the mid to late 1980’s–this was absolutely unheard of at the time.
This quickly made him target for the Drug Enforcement arm of the day, as America was eyeballs deep into a Zero Tolerance approach to cannabis use, let alone cultivation.
Eventually, he found himself on the run and out of necessity, was forced to sell off his empire, including his genetics and beloved Castle for pennies on the dollar–to another seed company that followed in his foot steps that still exists to this day.
Nevil eventually returned to Australia and led a relatively quiet life. Besides further developing some of the world’s most powerful exotic Sativa genetics, Nevil also earned accolades in the field of Koi breeding. Nevil received many requests for interviews but tended to shy away from the limelight–he stated that Authorities would make an example of him if he didn’t stay quiet. There were those who thought he had “gotten off easy” given his exploits in the past–clearly these people didn’t understand what he endured with a life on the run and the time he did spend in custody.
With pending global cannabis legalization, Nevil finally caught a break–he had earned a tidy sum in shares of legal cannabis company based in Australia. Sadly, he did not live long enough to enjoy the fruits of all his efforts as he spent his final days fighting cancer to which he eventually succumbed.
Nevil is survived by his son, and of course, the genetics he gave to cannabis growers and breeders all over the world still being cultivated to this day. If you have ever grown high quality cannabis, you have this man to thank. The Original Seed, Nevil Schoenmakers.
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