Cannabis Cultivation

Unraveling the Mysteries of Integrated Pest Management with Matthew Gates | BTS #68

In this episode I cross paths with Matthew Gates, an Integrated Pest Management specialist with a passion for helping cultivators understand the ecology and biology of the grow environment to limit pests and help the overall ecosystem thrive. In this conversation we begin to unpack some basic concepts about IPM while highlighting important misconceptions. We discuss the basic philosophy behind IPM, the subtleties of symbiosis and mutualisms, common mistakes made when developing an IPM strategy, and more!

Check out Matthew’s YouTube Channel for more content from Zenthanol Consulting: https://www.youtube.com/user/Zenthanol

About Matthew:

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Matthew has consulted with various agricultural crops on IPM best practices since 2010 in crops such as Gerbera, Rose, Citrus, Tomato, Pepper, and Cannabis, focusing on the last crop more prominently for the latter half of this time. Related to this work is his science communication and educational endeavors on social media, where he shares useful pest prevention and curative strategies alongside academically-sourced information. Matthew is affiliated with the Cannabis Horticultural Association based in Humboldt, and regularly travels across the USA to evaluate cultivation sites for improved readiness against biosecurity threats. He is currently Staff Writer for SKUNK Magazine, has been featured in magazines such as Terpenes and Testing and 1000 Watts, and has spoken about rare and newly documented pests in the Cannabis cultivation industry, as well as novel treatments, using over 2000 academic sources composed in a personal database.

P.S.

This is our last episode of 2021! Thanks so much for being apart of our journey this year. We already have a lot of fun plans for 2022 and cannot wait to start bringing you more content after we take a short break for the winter holidays.

Shaping Fire with Shango Los | BTS #66

In this behind-the-scenes conversation I connect with Shango Los. Shango is founder of Shaping Fire and host of the Shaping Fire podcast, currently in its fourth year of production. In addition to the podcast, Shango’s personal YouTube channel features exclusive cannabis how-to videos and expert interviews and has served over a million viewers.

Shango is founder of VIMEA on Vashon Island where he lives, which has evolved into a patient outreach and education organization hosting some of the top cannabis speakers in the world. Shango has been working in brand strategy and marketing for 25 years and since 2013 has been helping cannabis folk bring their products to market.

In this conversation we discuss the palpable changes in the Cannabis market vibe when states began flipping from medical to full legalization, Shango’s journey to discover the therapeutic properties of Cannabis, some of the biggest insights he has gained from his conversations on the Shaping Fire podcast, the results of his recent foray into indoor Cannabis cultivation, why he is excited for the future of autoflower Cannabis, and more!

To learn more about Shaping Fire, visit https://www.shapingfire.com/

Stay curious, and take it easy!

BTS #56 Russell Pace of CHA (Cannabis Horticultural Association) on Ecologically Conscious Cultivation

In this behind-the-scenes episode we sit down with Russell Pace of the Cannabis Horticultural Association aka CHA to talk about ecologically conscious Cannabis cultivation. Russell has spent the past several years building an extensive educational database compiling information about ecologically conscious Cannabis cultivation strategies like companion planting, integrated pest management, water conservation, and more.

In our conversation we talked about what it means to cultivate in an ecologically conscious manner, preferred companion plants for Cannabis, important issues to consider when utilizing predatory insects, the unique challenges of ecologically conscious Cannabis cultivation at scale, and much more.

Learn more about CHA at www.cha.education

Stay curious and take it easy!

BTS #52 Bryant Mason of Soil Doctor Consulting on Soil Considerations for Cannabis Cultivation

In this behind-the-scenes conversation we chat with Bryant Mason of Soil Doctor Consulting about the nuances of soil science in the context of Cannabis cultivation. We discussed his background in agriculture and edible landscaping, early lessons learned from cultivating Cannabis, common misconceptions about soil and soil science, unique considerations for soil mixes and amendment applications for Cannabis, and more!

Learn more about Soil Doctor Consulting at: www.soildoctorconsulting.com

Stay curious and take it easy!

BTS #37 Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson on Bubble Hash, Legacy in Cannabis, Defense of Isolates

In this behind-the-scenes episode we join Cannabis culture icon Marcus “Bubbleman” Richardson. In the mid 1990s, he was one of the first to receive an industrial hemp license in Canada and began performing research and development with hemp varieties of Cannabis very early in his career. Marcus is also the producer of “bubble bags” and popularized bubble hash in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2014 he started a weekly long-form Cannabis show called Hash Church, which had a huge influence on Cannabis culture and the development of Cannabis extraction technology. Marcus is also a photographer and has an extensive library of macro photos of Cannabis trichomes and other curious odds and ends.

In our conversation we talked about the science of hash making, Marcus’ legacy in the Cannabis industry, lessons he has learned, the battle between full spectrum and cannabinoid isolates, and much more!

Learn more about Marcus’ work at www.bubblemanbrand.com

BTS #30 Morris Beegle of WAFBA on Industrial Uses of Hemp and Mushrooms

In this behind-the-scenes interview we talk with Morris Beegle of We Are For Better Alternatives (Colorado Hemp Company, NoCo Hemp Expo, Let’s Talk Hemp, and others). In this conversation we talked about the many different uses of the Cannabis plant besides cannabinoid-rich resin production, the challenges of getting hemp alternatives accepted in the market, the future of the industrial use of mushrooms, and much more.

Learn more about WAFBA at: https://wafba.org/

Stay curious, and take it easy!

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BTS #25 Farmer Cee of Green Heffa Farms on Hemp Farming as a Black Woman in the Deep South

In this behind-the-scenes (BTS) episode we talk with Clarenda (daughter of Clarence and Brenda) “Farmer Cee” Stanley of Green Heffa Farms! Green Heffa Farms is a medicinal plant farm and learning laboratory that is dedicated to teaching community members, with a focus on women of color, about food production, resource management, gardening, and medicinal plants. We talk about how Cee found her way into hemp farming, ecological consciousness in farming and land use, what led to the development of her first hemp product, experiences with systemic racism in the agricultural and Cannabis industries, and much more.

Learn more about Green Heffa Farms at www.GreenHeffaFarms.com

BTS #24 Angus of The Real Seed Co. on The New Taxonomy for Landrace Cultivars (EDITED)

In this behind-the-scenes (BTS) interview we join Angus of The Real Seed Company once again to discuss a recently published paper entitled “A Classification of Endangered High-THC Cannabis Domesticates and Their Wild Relatives” by John McPartland and Ernest Small. We discussed some of our basic thoughts about the paper, how the new taxonomy will influence The Real Seed Company’s operations and what plants they collect from, the implications this new taxonomy has for preserving the dwindling genetic diversity of the Cannabis plant, how landrace Cannabis farmers in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other areas are getting hit hard by COVID-19, and much more.

This is an edited version of our conversation. The full conversation is nearly three hours long and can be found at Patreon.com/CuriousAboutCannabis

I hope you enjoy! Stay curious

BTS #21 Samuel Moore of Hillside Hemp Oregon on Sustainable Farming, Seed Sourcing, CBD

In this behind-the-scenes (BTS) episode recorded in the summer of 2019, we join Hillside Hemp CEO and Cannabis cultivator, Samuel Moore, at his hemp farm in Southern Oregon to talk about sustainable farming practices, how small scale Cannabis farms can survive the growth of hemp farming, things to consider when sourcing Cannabis seeds, lessons learned from the “Great Hemp Seed Debacle of 2018”, and much more.

We hope to catch up with Sam again soon to see how his farm is doing this year compared to last year when this interview was recorded. Enjoy and stay curious!

#08 The Strain Game: What’s In a Name?

What’s in a name? In our final episode for Season One, we explore the ways in which Cannabis is named and represented in the market place – by strain name and indica/sativa designation. How do strain names and indica/sativa designations relate to genetic lineage and chemical profiles? Where did the indica vs. sativa model come from? How should confused consumers navigate the strain game?

Contributions from: Angus of The Real Seed Company; Steve Albarran and Brad Bogus of Confident Cannabis

The Real Seed Company: www.therealseedcompany.com

Confident Cannabis: www.confidentcannabis.com

Connect by Confident Cannabis: connect.confidentcannabis.com

Phylos Galaxy: https://phylos.bio/galaxy/

Kannapedia by Medicinal Genomics: http://www.kannapedia.net/

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