Rank #1: Episode 52: Running a Commercial Facility using Living Soils with Justin Magill
My podcast this week is with Justin Magill. Justin is an owner and head grower for Legit Farms, a legal cannabis company in the recreational market here in Washington State. I wanted to do this podcast because Justin has been growing in Living Soils longer than anyone else I know and he was instrumental in helping me in testing out various ideas around soil mixes, soil testing, and re-amending in beds.
Jul 24 2019
Rank #2: Episode 43: Latest Research in Cannabis Cultivation with Dr. Allison Justice
Have you ever wondered what's the best way to prune and train your plants? And what's really going on in the curing process with cannabis? These questions get address with some actual science in my latest podcast with Dr. Allison Justice of Outco and SC Labs.
Feb 05 2019
Rank #3: Episode 24: Running a Commercial Cannabis Facility with Nate Gibbs of Gold Leaf Gardens
There's a lot more to running a Cannabis company than just growing the plants. Gold Leaf gardens is based in Washington State and known for their top shelf flower, extracts and Leira Cannagars. They grow their products "with Aloha" and I sit down with the owner Nate Gibbs to talk about everything from their views on organics to branding and marketing to stay competitive in today's ever changing market.
Apr 19 2018
Rank #4: Episode 3: Clackamas Coot talks Worm Castings, Malted Barley, Peat Moss, and Coot's Soil Mix
Our guest today is gone by the online name of Clackamas Coot on such forums as IC Mag and Lumperdawgz on Grass City, he's an organic grower and gardener who has helped many people in improving the way they garden and move away from bottled nutrients. He is most famous for his ‘neem, crab, kelp and soil mix’ which many people know as the ‘Coot Mix’ which he shares freely and the sprouted seed enzyme teas he makes using barley. I met Coot eight or nine years ago when he came to one of my talks in Portland on compost teas.
Jul 19 2017
Rank #5: Episode 30: Powdery Mildew, Botrytis, and VPD with Travis Higginbotham
Mold and Mildew are such a problem for many growers. In this podcast, Travis describes how these pathogens work and how to best manage them through environmental controls.
Travis Higginbotham is the new director of Cultivation Support for Fluence. Prior to working at Fluence, he worked at a state of the art environmentally controlled greenhouse covering 50 acres where he was the head of research and development. They grew annual and perennial crops for big box retailers supplying the NE united states. His focus was on rearing beneficial insects, IPM protocols, disease testing, and trialing new genetics from around the world.He recently received his masters horticulture from Virginia Tech. This resulted in equipping irrigation booms with lights for photoperiodic flowering applications to a controlled environment which propagated over 1.2 million perennials from stage 3 tissue culture per year. He also has a bachelors of science from Clemson University.
Jul 02 2018
Rank #6: Episode 27: The Role of Lighting in Plant Growth with Fluence Bioengineering
Learn the key terms to understand and compare lighting technologies as well as the history of lighting as it relates to plants from Travis Williams and Travis Higginbotham with Fluence Bioengineering. We also discuss the future of lighting and how it relates to the horticulture industry. I found this podcast to be really helpful in evaluating different lights and how lighting spectrum and intensity can effect plant growth, disease resistance, and much more.
May 22 2018
Rank #7: Episode 49: Controlled Environment Agriculture and HVAC with Dr. Greenhouse part 1
Controlled Environment Agriculture is such a technical field that it can be confusing and a bit daunting for growers. I also think it's importance gets overlooked many times when discussing variables relating to plant growth and plant health. I'm honored to have Dr. Nadia Sabeh on to help explain some of the key principles to consider when growing indoors or greenhouse environments.
Dr. Nadia Sabeh (A.K.A. “Dr. Greenhouse”) is President and Founder of Dr. Greenhouse, Inc., an agricultural and mechanical engineering firm that specializes in the design of HVAC systems for indoor plant environments. Dr. Sabeh has her PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) and is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in the State of California. For over 20 years, she has dedicated her education and career to helping farmers control their environments, allowing them to grow crops indoors, in greenhouses and in facilities that would otherwise be impossible or impractical to do so.
May 23 2019
Rank #8: Episode 4: David Perron discusses Living Soil, Insect Frass, and Commercial Production
David is an Agrologist and has a Master of Science in Plant Sciences from McGill University. He began working in greenhouse production in 2001 and worked for McGill in the Greenhouses and Horticultural Research Center for five years. He is the lead agrologist and one of the head growers at Whistler medical marijuana corporation. Over the last year and a half he designed the certified organic growing program at Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation making them the only fully certified organic licensed producer in Canada.
Since the interview, David has been hired as the Head of Cultivation for The Green Organic Dutchmen for their new 200 million dollar facility coming online in 2018.
Jul 19 2017
Rank #9: Episode 51: Research in Cannabis Production with Dr. Ben Higgins
In this podcast, I interview Dr. Ben Higgins, Chief Research Scientist at Goldleaf Gardens.
We discuss how to interpret research, create useful data in your facility, and a new white paper on pots vs living soil beds. We also touch on some preliminary results on trials relating toBlumats, Mammoth P, and BIOS lighting.
Ben and I were also proud to announce a new consulting group called Kaizen Consulting that is comprised of myself, Ben, Nate Gibbs (owner of Goldleaf Gardens), Allison Justice of Outco, and Chris Jagger of Blue Fox Ag. All of these folks have been on my podcast so you can hear more about them on there. If you are interested in consulting please go to www.growwithkaizen.com. Thanks for listening!
Jul 02 2019
Rank #10: Episode 10: Practical Advice for Increasing Yield with Nelson Lindsley
This is the second part of my interview with Nelson Lindsley of Poetry of Plants. Nelson has been cultivating cannabis for over a decade and working in the industry for over two decades. Over the last three years he has consulted on cultivation sites in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Pennsylvania and California. Currently, he is building a research and development facility for the design of cultivar specific study and working with several of the leading LED horticultural lighting companies on implementing technology in controlled environments before the products come to market.
Sep 12 2017
Rank #11: Episode 48: Determining if LEDs are Right For You and Your Grow with Rebecca Knight
Determining if LEDs are Right For You and Your Grow
Part 1: what is an LED?
Part 2: can LEDs provide the correct light that plants need?
Part 3: what are some useful calculations?
Rebecca Knight Ph.D., Sr. Application Engineer, BIOS Lighting
Rebecca is an engineer and R&D scientist with experience in a broad range of fields: science, engineering, marketing, and business development. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Texas, a M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue, and Chemical Engineering and Japanese undergraduate degrees. She is passionate about vertical farming, horticultural LEDs, plant secondary metabolic pathway gene expression, and sustainable food production. As the Sr. Application Engineer she works closely with the sales team using her photobiology research background, and love of analytics, to provide integration and cultivation expertise.
May 08 2019
Rank #12: Episode 23: Blumat Setup, Tips, and Tricks with Damian Koch
Watering and irrigation is one of the least appreciated aspects of gardening that has such an incredible impact on the health and growth of your plants. Damian Koch works for the North American distributor of Blumats and helps growers in designing custom systems for their garden. This is our follow up podcast on Blumats where we tackle setup, and frequently asked questions.
Apr 17 2018
Rank #13: Episode 11: Dr. Faust of BioAg on Humic and Fulvic Acids
In this episode, we interview Dr. Robert Faust, President of Bioag where we talk about humates, humic and fulvic acid, and much more. Dr. Faust is a leading expert in agroecology providing integrated services throughout the world including the United States, Egypt, Belize, Jamaica and Mexico to assist in reducing dependency on chemical fertilizers and pesticides using new biotechnology and foliar fertilizers to increase crop yields and create sustainable systems.
Sep 26 2017
Rank #14: Episode 5: Compost tea and microscope guru Tim Wilson talks living soil, vermicomposting, and soil exudates
Our guest today is Tim Wilson of Microbe Organics. Some listeners may know him better as MicrobeMan from his helpful posts on many internet forums; Tim is a long time friend and colleague who has taught me much of what I know regarding microscopy and evaluating compost teas.
I consider Tim to be one of the foremost experts and researchers on aerated compost teas and microbial amendments in North America; Tim also founded www.logicalgardener.org, a free forum for gardeners that has a wealth of information. I am honored today to have him on the show!
Jul 19 2017
Rank #15: Episode 34: Are Bottled Nutrients a Thing of the Past? Nelson Lindsley Shares His Opinion and Announces a New Collaboration!
Has cannabis cultivation evolved to where cannabis-marketed bottled nutrient companies are becoming outdated? Hear my conversation with Nelson Lindsley of Poetry of Plants on the subject.
Also an exciting new collaboration and podcast announcement!
Sep 11 2018
Rank #16: Episode 37: A Deeper Dive into Mycorrhizal Fungi with Jim Eagan
Our guest this week is Jim Eagan. Jim has been working for Plant Revolution Inc. for more than a decade. Having been the first company to bring mycorrhizal inoculants to commercial applications, he and the company have been spreading the good news of the benefits of healthy soil to gardeners, landscapers, and farmers all over the world. His degree in environmental studies, his work in the permaculture community, and his experience running a small farm form a background that has given him a deep understanding of the importance of soil organisms for plant and ecosystem health. He continues to learn and explore the fascinating worlds of food production, native ecosystems, and sustainability.
Nov 07 2018
Rank #17: Episode 35: Mineral Balancing and Soil Test Analysis with Aaron Crozier
You know, we talk a lot about soil testing on this podcast and how important it is. Well I wanted to get someone on the show to have a discussion about how to understand and evaluate these soil tests because getting a soil test is one thing, but understanding how to use that information can be something else entirely.
Our guest this week is Aaron Crozier. Aaron is a soil and plant health consultant, You can check him out on Instagram as @Growru. Aaron is passionate about using soil and sap testing to improve the quality of the soil and plants. Aaron teaches growers how to re-mineralize there soil and then work on increasing plant health.
Sep 25 2018
Rank #18: Episode 13: The Future of Cannabis Cultivation with Jaya Palmer
What is the future of cannabis cultivation? Jaya Palmer and I explore some of the latest advancements in the industry around lighting technology, photo biology, organic certification, genetic drift in cannabis, predatory insects, as well as what is going on with some of the largest cannabis cannabis companies in North America.
Oct 24 2017
Rank #19: Episode 42: Fertilizer and Pesticides in Cannabis with the Oregon Department of Agriculture
Rules and regulations are an important aspect of cannabis cultivation. In addition, it’s important to know that the products we purchase to use in our garden are safe and providing the nutrients or microbes that are listed on the labels. My interview this week is with Sunny Summers and Matt Haynes with the Oregon Dept of Agriculture.
Jan 22 2019
Rank #20: Episode 9: Lighting Technology and the Poetry of Plants with Nelson Lindsley
This is the first part of my interview with Nelson Lindsley of Poetry of Plants. Nelson has been cultivating cannabis for over a decade and working in the industry for over two decades. Over the last three years he has consulted on cultivation sites in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Pennsylvania and California. Currently, he is building a research and development facility for the design of cultivar specific study and working with several of the leading LED horticultural lighting companies on implementing technology in controlled environments before the products come to market.
Aug 29 2017