Homegrown: Plant That Bell And Let It Ring

Homegrown is all right with me.

By Dr. Rick Freeman Homegrown is alright with me Homegrown is the way it should be Home grown is a good thing Plant that bell and let it ring.               Neil Young, “Homegrown,” American Stars and Bars, 1977 Neil Young has written some classic songs about marijuana, and he’s been “rocking in the free Read the full article…

Dr. Rick Freeman: Getting it Together

Farmer Tom Lauerman

By Dr. Rick Freeman For family farmers, 1988 was a tough year.  Stuck between cut-throat competition from Big Ag and the devastation of a Big Drought, many small-scale farmers dropped out.  But, not all of them.  That was the year that seven bedraggled, small-scale organic farmers in southwest Wisconsin formed the Coulee Region Organic Produce Read the full article…

EcoAg: Open-Source Marijuana

America is pro-pot

By Dr. Rick Freeman COLORADO: Back in May an automated Tesla car failed, resulting in a collision that killed the driver.  Bad news for Tesla.  But Tesla creator Elon Musk kept moving forward, and just last week he was raising money to expand into electric cars and buses.   At first glance, his business policy might Read the full article…

Putting Pests in Their Place

To build organic matter into the soil, the farmer can choose any combination of beneficial practices.  Adding carbon sources like compost and biochar, avoiding pesticide damage, and carefully choosing diverse plant species known to stimulate soil life are common Eco Ag tactics.

By Dr. Richard Freeman, aka Dr. Rick  By now everybody knows that pests and pesticides are a big problem in the Cannabis industry.  With a grow house full of nitrogen-rich, moist pot plants, the little critters are going to come, by hook or by crook.  And, what’s a farmer to do? The answer depends upon Read the full article…

Growing Opportunities From Problems

It's about pairing marijuana agriculture with ecological pathways to grow clean, high-quality pot at commercial scale – sustainably and profitably.

Exclusive MJNN Report by Dr. Rick Freeman The emerging marijuana industry is all about innovation  – just like its underground parent was.  The very idea of legal weed is innovative, not to speak of all the ingenious growing and processing techniques and accouterments.  Innovators are growing this industry into a whole new world, applying adaptive, creative thinking Read the full article…

Dr. Rick Freeman: The Big Eco Squeeze

Wholesale pot prices are expected to continue to drop in 2018

By Dr. Rick Freeman, Exclusive to MJNewsNetwork.com  COLORADO: The advent of the legal marijuana industry has spawned some scale-up effects. One obvious outcome is that inefficiencies have surfaced as significant liabilities.  Another is that farmers are getting squeezed and are, therefore, compelled to push their agro-ecosystems to maximum short-term productivity.   In this environment, risky and Read the full article…