Nichole Graf, Micah Sherman, David Stein, Liz Crain

Nichole Graf is Raven’s Creative Director and Head of Product Development. A designer, illustrator, fine artist, stylist, and art director by trade, before moving West, she worked as a footwear and accessories designer for Madewell in NYC. This background, combined with her deep interest in alternative medicine, nutrition, wildcrafting, and the natural world, led her to the creation of Raven and its product offerings. Her favorite strain is Raven’s own Frida.

Micah Sherman is a trained architect who has worked in construction management, technical design for the modern luxury furniture brand Poliform, and as Operations Director for Hailey Development Group. His understanding of building and engineering has allowed Raven to pursue innovative and uniquely effective systems beyond those used by conventional cannabis operations. His favorite strain is Jack Herer.

David Stein is Raven’s Master Gardener. He has over forty years of experience cultivating cannabis in both Amsterdam and the United States. Known for his use of organic nutrient development and natural pest control, as well as his passion for unique strain development, Stein has been awarded “Best Weed” at High Times’s Cannabis Cup, first place at Highlife Hemp Fair’s Hash Cup, and his exclusive strain Stella Blue was featured in Jason King’s Cannabible 3. His favorite strain is Platinum Girl Scout Cookies.

Liz Crain is the author of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland, Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull, and Hello, My Name is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland’s Tasty Restaurants. A longtime writer on Pacific Northwest food and drink, she has published in Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, The Sun, and The Guardian. She is also an editor and publicity director at Hawthorne Books and co-organizer of the annual Portland Fermentation Festival. Her favorite strain is Silver Tip.


  • “Fun, informative, and stylishly designed, this guidebook positions marijuana cultivation as a legitimate, high (no pun intended) end, enjoyable hobby in the style of brewing beer or growing orchids.”

    Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • “A relatable, friendly introduction to the weed world . . . Unprecedented approachability and comprehensive scope.”

    Willamette Week

  • Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis, by the team behind the high-end grow-op Raven Grass, in Olympia, Washington, helps you do exactly as advertised, with easy-to-follow, elegantly illustrated instructions.”


  • “This is a beautifully made and laid-out book, the combined efforts of four authors who used their expertise to cover a wider range of topics than you would normally find in a grow book.”

    Portland Mercury

  • Grow Your Own is ostensibly a book about growing pot, but the 200-page guide is as much a primer to the world of cannabis as it is a step-by-step instructional. . . From terpenes and cannabinoids to retail products, a reference book like this is a great gift for both the weed-nervous newbie and the die-hard weed affcionado in your life.”

    The Stranger