Burnt River Farms was founded in 2016 by Shawn McKay and Guss Young with a small team of just five employees in the town of Huntington, Oregon. Huntington is a small town on the western end of the Treasure Valley in Eastern Oregon. Huntington is the ideal location to produce cannabis due to its high desert, low precipitation climate and jet silt loam soil. The Treasure Valley has a climate and elevation very similar to Central Asia around modern-day Afghanistan where cannabis is thought to have originated.