GROWING EXPOSED SEASON 2 EPISODE 4: High Up In Humboldt
Youutbe description: On this episode of Growing Exposed we give you an insiders look at the world of cannabis cultivation.
We start off with a well-timed aerial tour of Humboldt. When we spoke to our friends at Royal Gold soils they suggested taking to the sky for a helicopter tour to see some epic gardens, so we took them up on their offer…and it did not disappoint! After enjoying the beautiful coastline views, we headed inland to the forests that are known for being “the heartland of outdoor cannabis cultivation.”
Growing Exposed hydroponics expert, Justin, and Michael from Royal Gold, take viewers with them as they absorb the beauty of the area while discussing the awesome people who work in the cannabis industry. From the air, we see the sheer size of our first garden; which has been using Green Planet nutrients, and has an incredible hedge that specifically showcases Liquid Weight and Massive Bloom Formulation. Each garden in today’s tour uses Royal Gold soil, which is proudly made in Humboldt.
At our first of three garden tours we meet Ronzo, an old school local grower who spoke to us about the age-old game of cat and mouse played over the years between growers and authorities. His plants are some of the most sought after in Humboldt, and include a variety that is 20% CBD to 1% THC and is extremely rare. This strain is being used by cancer and epilepsy patients and has countless medicinal benefits. We also took an up close look at lemon, a strain with an incredible Terpene profile that smells just amazing.
In teachings of the garden sage…David Robinson, author of The Growers Handbook, discusses the principle needs of growing cannabis whether you’re growing indoors or out. When growing outdoors you’re relying a lot on Mother Nature for sunlight, etc. and hopefully Mother Nature is consistent to produce the highest quality flower possible. David gives tips on how using Back Country Blend will supply plants with the nutrients they need. He also explains how important it is for growers to find the right strain for their specific environment when growing outdoors.
Our next garden, Quantum Genetics, is on a traditional piece of farmland and is in a full light deprivation green house, manufactured by Forever Flowering Greenhouses. This set up allows growers to maintain consistency all year round. We hear about how their light set up works and get a VIP look at their baby room, not to mention the forty feet trailer packed full of drying cannabis! Unique to this garden, is their family of ducks, who happily munch on leftover trim; making cannabis infused eggs!
Finally, we head back up to the hills for our final tour at Indra Valley Strategic Marketing Group. The plants at this garden grow to over 15 feet tall and have stalks up to three or four inches thick. These big, monster plants are the definition of the emerald triangle at its finest, and are why Humboldt is known for being one of the best possible places to grow outdoors. We see for ourselves, the famous Girl Scout Cookies and OG Kush. We also learn more about how the extraction process works and the garden’s automated light deprivation setup.
GROWING EXPOSED SEASON 2 EPISODE 3: Northwest Grown
Youtube description: On this episode of Growing Exposed we take you behind the scenes of Northwest Grown. Northwest Grown is located on a unique century old cattle ranch that has been converted into an indoor marijuana growing facility. Now usually indoor growing facilities aren’t known for being welcoming but this property has been around for five generations and is just beautiful. The picturesque 120-acre hobby farm in Washington State features several red barns and even a stream.
Our resident hydroponics expert, Justin meets Kyle, the cultivation manager at Northwest Grown for a tour around this incredible property and approximately 260 light garden. They begin their tour in the mother room. Here we see not only mothers and cuttings but also seedlings, which will form the future of the garden. Kyle explains they have an entire room dedicated to looking for phenos and how they are always looking for that keeper seed that will set them apart from the other grows in Washington.
Kyle then shows Justin how they flood the baby cuttings to eliminate hand watering and save much needed time and energy. It is a full flood and drain system that supports their big library featuring thirty-six genetics, and thirty-six different mothers.
Next stop is the veg room where we check out their mango stream; an heirloom afghani crossed with an OG based out of Northern California that has been in Kyle’s family for years with a huge terpene profile. It grows like a sativa and is known as a jumper plant. Kyle explains it’s all about the terpene profile. At Northwest Grown they average around 5-7% terpene profiles and Kyle shared that he uses the GP3 Green Planet series and massive bloom formulation to achieve these dynamite results.
GROWING EXPOSED SEASON 2 EPISODE 2: Unlimited Possibilities
Youtube description: On this episode of Growing Exposed, we visit the city of Adelanto located in the high desert of Southern California. Nowadays, Adelanto is thriving as the largest production area of medical cannabis in the United States. However, it didn’t start out that way. Adelanto was in a serious financial crisis a few years ago, and the only thing that saved it from bankruptcy was growing cannabis on the largest scale in the whole nation.
As we begin our tour, the first clue that things are going to be different here in Adelanto is the welcome sign with cannabis leaves on it. Their slogan “The City With Unlimited Possibilities” reads bold and true, as Adelanto is now the most progressive city in the United States when it comes to medical cannabis. They owe everything to it, which would have been unheard of 10 years ago. Here, we meet Economic Developer Jesse Florez. He explains that Adelanto is attracting major industries in the cannabis space to cultivate and develop both volatile and non-volatile extractions right in the city. They’re also really focusing on the storefronts of cannabis sales, also known as dispensaries, nurseries, and embracing the entire cannabis industry as a whole in the city of Adelanto.
Next, Justin, our tourguide, meets with Mayor Rich Kerr to see how cannabis is changing the overall landscape of the city. The Mayor explains that Adelanto is striving to be the forefront of the medical cannabis industry in in the United States and they embrace folks in the cannabis industry and encourage them to come to Adelanto by providing them with brokers for land, inspectors for buildings.
How are the revenues from cannabis helping the city? Mayor Rich Kurr explains that most of the revenues from cannabis are going into infrastructure: repaving roads, sewer, electric, water, and crime has also gone down 12% since Rich took over as mayor in 2014. In 2014, Adelanto was $2.6M in the red, and nearly filed for bankruptcy. With the help of cannabis, the city is now $20-30M in the black and thriving, all because of medical cannabis.
Growing Exposed Season 1 Episode 9 – Rochester Farms
Youtube description: In this episode of Growing Exposed, our tour-guide Justin gives us an inside look of an over 600 light grow operation with a fully automated high tech system and set-up in Olympia, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. This unique system makes makes growing at a large scale fully manageable for a small crew, and David the Garden Sage goes in depth on the pros and cons of automation in his Teachings Of The Garden Sage. We also learn about the Ebb and Flow system, what the term “sea of green” stands for, and how this facility produces a unique strain with a bad-ass name that lives up to its strength and potency: Alien Grenade.
Marshall, an autobody-guy turned cannabis-cultivator is the owner of Rochester Farms and was first introduced to medicinal cannabis through a very personal experience. Marshall began his journey into cannabis cultivation while his son was struggling with a debilitating and life-threatening disease called ulcerative colitis, a bowel disease that causes ulcers and long-lasting pain and inflammation. With various medical procedures and no prescriptions seeming to provide adequate relief, Marshall was at a point where he would try anything to help his son. His friend suggested medicinal cannabis, and amazingly, it worked. Marshall then took up making a business out of growing cannabis, and his son now works alongside him at the farm.
Rochester Farms is a huge facility, and with so many plants to tend to they had to come up with a clever way to be able to run this operation with so few staff. This garden runs a fully automated irrigation system that provides a very clean environment for the crops. The ebb and flow system waters plants kept in rockwool cubes at a steady rate, flooding the growth beds with nutrient-rich water. Also by keeping the temperature and humidity just right, a lot of problems are eliminated in the process.