Join us at the Melody Ballroom Thursday, March 31 as we get down and dirty with a technical event focusing on organic cultivation methods for cannabis. We will have special guest Jeff Lowenfels, an expert in organic gardening and strong cannabis proponent, and a terrific panel of soil experts coordinated by Roots Garden Supply.
Jeff Lowenfels is an international proponent of organics and the award winning author of“Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to The Soil Food Web,” reviewed as one of the most important garden books written in the past 25 years “and perhaps ever.” Writing garden columns is Jeff’s religion. His weekly column has appeared in the Alaska Dispatch News (formerly Anchorage Daily News) for over 40 years, never missing a single week. Not only is Lowenfels America’s longest running columnist, he is one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit. That might be because he is also a reformed lawyer; the combination of garden writing and law earning him the moniker of America’s Dirtiest Lawyer. He was once an Editor of the Harvard Lampoon, America’s oldest humor magazine, so his talks are always humorous, witty and entertaining.
Then we'll get down in the dirt with our expert soil panel:
Randy Ritchie, Malibu Compost - Malibu Compost is the first certified biodynamic compost and soil company in the U.S., making biodynamic compost according to Rudolf Steiner on certified organic farms in Oregon and California. They are the only soil company to test for GMOs as well as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other contaminants. Randy will speak about biodynamics, true organics and the importance of the truth, especially in growing food and cannabis.
Tad Hussey, Keep it Simple (KIS) Soil - Tad is the owner of Keep It Simple, Inc, which is comprised of 2 divisions. KIS Farm is the retail brick and mortar location where we have an organic hydro shop, edible nursery, farm and feed store, production greenhouse, and outdoor preschool (www.kisfarm.com). KIS Organics is the soils, consulting, and online store for gardening amendments (www.kisorganics.com). Tad will discuss a cannabis growing methodology based around "Biological Horticulture." The concept is that providing cannabis with a heavily amended professional media with good biological activity allows for optimal plant health and growth.
Carlos Stricker, Roots Garden Supply - Carlos is the operations manager at Roots Garden Supply, Portland's organic and hydro garden experts. Collectively, the Roots team has over 100 years of gardening expertise. Roots helps customers from the ground up, from room design and basic gardening technique to consulting on commercial gardens to maximize efficiency, and troubleshooting the many issues agriculture can bring.
When: Thursday, March 31, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder, Portland
Tickets: $15 for OCA members; $35 for non-members