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Cannabis Cultivation and Science Podcast

Welcome to the Cannabis Cultivation and Science podcast, I’m your host, Tad Hussey of KIS Organics. This is the podcast where we discuss the cutting edge of organic growing from a science based perspective and draw in top experts from around the industry to share their wisdom and knowledge. If you want to hear the latest in growing technology and methods, this is the place.

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Episode 71: Discovering the "why" in how plants grow with Don Marshall

Don Marshall has dedicated his life to teaching students about how plants grow and bridging the gap between botany and practical horticultural applications. Don is the founder of the Environmental Horticulture program at Lake Washington College, where he taught for over 40 years.  In addition to teaching, Don is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, ecoPro, and Certified Arborist. He owns and operates Plant Designs, a landscape design, installation and maintenance firm specializing in organic fine gardening.  Don co-authored Home Landscaping, Northwest Region published by Creative Homeowner, now in its 4th printing.

1hr 8mins

9 Dec 2020

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-43

1hr 17mins

5 Feb 2019

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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.  https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-3


19 Jul 2017

Rank #3

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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.


19 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-52

1hr 20mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 57: Published Research on Cannabis with Dr. Deron Caplan

Deron is a horticultural scientist and the Director of Plant Science at Flowr in Kelowna, BC. He was the first person in North America to earn a PhD with research focused on cannabis production. Dr. Caplan has written and published several  peer-reviewed articles on cannabis production, focusing on irrigation, growing media, fertilization, and propagation. He has testified on cannabis production before the Canadian Senate’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry and has provided expert commentary on cannabis for a variety of media outlets, including CBC, Nature, and Rolling Stone Magazine. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-57

1hr 21mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-30

1hr 5mins

2 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-48

1hr 13mins

8 May 2019

Rank #8

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-27

1hr 14mins

22 May 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 58: The Science Behind the Cannabis Experience with Dr. Adie Rae

Why do we grow the cultivars (strains) that we do? There's a lot of mythology surrounding potency and the cannabis experience. Learn how scientists are using data to help determine why certain cultivars are more popular and how high THC is a product of prohibition and not enjoyment. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-58


3 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-4 


19 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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Episode 32: Korean Natural Farming with Chris Trump

Chris Trump explains Natural Farming, KNF and the philosophy behind the these methods for growing plants using locally sourced microbes and inputs. He is a Master Natural Farmer certified by Master Cho of Korea. He has also studied microbiological analysis under Dr. Elaine Ingham. His family’s farm is currently the largest natural farm in America growing over 800 acres of Macadamia Nuts. They have returned sick trees to vital health completely eliminating 3 fungal diseases that academics said was impossible. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-32

1hr 24mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-10


12 Sep 2017

Rank #13

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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!  https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-5


19 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-37

1hr 22mins

7 Nov 2018

Rank #15

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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! https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-34

1hr 25mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-11

1hr 32mins

26 Sep 2017

Rank #17

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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.  https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-49

1hr 15mins

23 May 2019

Rank #18

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-42


22 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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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. https://www.kisorganics.com/pages/cannabis-cultivation-and-science-podcast-episode-13

1hr 25mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #20