Agriculture of the Future? Using Fish to Grow Marijuana

Most Marijuana plants are grown in soil, but there is another way… Agriculture of the future is using nutrients from fish to grow Marijuana. How can a fish grow Marijuana? Well, it involves two components that share the same water. One is the fish, and the other being the plants, which are grown symbiotically in […]

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Are hemp products helping us move towards a sustainable future?

In 2020 it’s possible to buy hemp rope, soap, shoes, and even beer. The question is, are these hemp products moving us to a more sustainable future? Hemp an eco-friendly fibre There is often an underlying confusion in society between hemp and marijuana, and whether they are the same thing or not. They do both […]

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Building something better with hemp bricks

Have you ever imagined building a giant weed fort from bags of bud or hemp bricks? If so, you are not alone. Technology is a beautiful thing, especially when it comes to cannabis. The future is now as hemp bricks are entering the mainstream, and not just for building forts! Pretty soon, we may be […]

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Under the Humboldt Sun

The cannabis farms of California’s Emerald Triangle are often cloaked in mystery, but a new book is giving a glimpse into the world of cannabis farmers deep in the Humboldt hills. The book, “Sustainable Sun-Grown Cannabis,” is a celebration of outdoor cultivation from the photographer Justin McIvor, better known as Justin Cannabis.

Thanks to McIvor’s photos and emphasis on sustainable cultivation, the book is a visual guide to regenerative growing techniques like soil building, polyculture, solar panels and rainwater catchment.

“Ultimately I made this book to shine a light on a few amazing cannabis cultivators in Southern Humboldt who are dedicated to protecting our valuable resources while producing premium quality cannabis products,” McIvor said in regards to Humboldt’s Finest Farms, the collective of farmers he spent time documenting in the heart of the Emerald Triangle.

Through showing
the benefits of biodiversity, raising awareness about the importance of healthy
soil, and highlighting cannabis plants that have been sun-ripened to perfection
and lovingly nurtured to reach their fullest potential, McIvor is hoping his
book can introduce people to the beauty and variety that environmentally
responsible practices can bring to the garden.

The book is an artistic celebration of stacking functions — a term used in permaculture to describe a system where every element in a design provides more than one function. For example, polyculture plays an important role in creating a diverse network of roots under the soil as well as making the landscape above ground more aesthetically pleasing and attractive to pollinators.

Full-page color photographs show thriving gardens full of bright orange marigolds, bold red zinnias and yellow sunflowers that provide vibrant pops of color against a sea of green. In one image titled “Conserving Water,” the gorgeous deep turquoise of a rainwater-filled pond in the foreground leads the eye up to a row of emerald green grapevines, rolling golden hills and an elegant Japanese-style handcrafted greenhouse.

In another
photo, a stocky cola unexpectedly shoots up from the hood of a rusty old farm
truck, glowing soft and golden in the late afternoon light. Another picture
shows long, stringy clusters of yellow corn and purple amaranth standing tall
next to an expanse of pointy spears backlit by the sun.

McIvor said he
fell in love with photography because it helped him capture and engage with the
beauty around him. After graduating from the Brooks Institute of Photography
and working as a lab technician taking pictures of DNA blots, he followed his
passion for skateboarding and landed a job as a photographer for Santa Cruz
Skateboards, helping to elevate their magazine ads and catalogs. He
transitioned from skateboarding to cannabis and, after many years as a cover
photographer for High Times and other publications, he’s once again coming back
to skateboard photography and is now focusing on the connection between the two
worlds.

With family in Humboldt who’d been growing cannabis since the ’80s, McIvor said he had a natural connection to the Emerald Triangle and a familiarity with the scene before starting the book. His captions provide important context about what sets sungrown craft cannabis apart from the rest — most importantly, the awesome power of the sun.

“Energy usage in the indoor cannabis
industry is growing at an alarming rate and giant warehouse producers are using
a tremendous amount of power for their grows,” he says. “Those who grow in the
sun know it’s the best way moving forward.”

For those who’ve only seen cannabis grown as a monoculture crop in a warehouse under artificial lights, this book provides a visually striking introduction to a whole new paradigm. It’s a tribute to the legendary Humboldt craft farmers who are continuing to show the world that by increasing biodiversity on your farm and working with the forces of nature, you can produce cannabis that is truly of the highest quality.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// CA Senate votes to allow banks credit unions to accept marijuana retailer deposits (Marijuana Business Daily (AP))

// Exclusive: Facebook will not allow marijuana sales on its platform (Market Watch)

// Canopy Growth Buys Global Skincare Company This Works for $74 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)


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// Seven-In-Ten Americans Want Federal Marijuana Convictions Automatically Sealed, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment

// More than 600 people will be growing hemp this year in Michigan (Michigan Live)

// Officials direct $1.8M in weed fees for homeless services (CT Post (AP))

// Square Quietly Launches Program For CBD Cannabis Company Credit Card Processing (Forbes)

// Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval (Texas Tribune)

// Chris Long admits to regular marijuana use during NFL career and explains how he beat tests (Reno Gazette Journal)

// Growing pot sucks up electricity and pumps out an astounding amount of carbon dioxide – it doesn’t have to (Financial Post)


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