The Dirt On Growing Green: Soil Texture & Composition

The dirt on green

By Sunny Kaercher Every grower has their own approach to cannabis. Varying techniques and products are plentiful, but one thing that remains constant is that healthy plants depend on healthy roots. This is the beginning of a series dedicated to creating and maintaining a vigorous root zone, also known as the rhizosphere. These articles will Read the full article…

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…

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

As consumers continue to step up and demand clean marijuana – and as ecologically-minded farmers emerge and voice their opinions – the political climate will change and regulatory change will follow.

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…

Putting Pesticides In Their Place

pesticides are a major topic of concern for cannabis cultivators

By Richard Freeman Pesticide use in the Cannabis industry has received some bad press lately.  In Colorado, producers have recalled several large batches of edibles over the last year due to pesticide contamination. In 2015, consumers in the same state sued a producer for selling organically-labeled products tainted with pesticides. Denver health officials quarantined 60,000 Read the full article…

Marijuana Growers In The US Are Using Up $6 Billion A Year In Electricity

Washington canopy sufficient to meet mmj needs says LCB

As more states legalize marijuana in the US, pot cultivation is sucking up an ever-growing amount of energy from the grid. Since most of the legal weed is grown indoors, the pot industry burns through large quantities of electricity used to power lamps, ventilation systems, and air conditioning. A square foot of planting requires some 200 Read the full article…

Pacific Power, Portland General Electric Say Indoor Marijuana Grows Straining Oregon’s Electrical Grid

Pacific Power said Wednesday that grow operations have taken grids above capacity, blowing out seven transformers since July and causing outages and equipment damage

OREGON:  Indoor growing operations for legal marijuana businesses are causing problems for Oregon’s electrical grid, according to officials from a state electrical utility company. Pacific Power said Wednesday that grow operations have taken grids above capacity, blowing out seven transformers since July and causing outages and equipment damage, the Statesman Journal reported. The problems are a Read the full article…

Growing Sustainable Profits With Cannabis

Sustainable growing can reduce costs in the long-term and 

short-term, grow the kindest quality product, and sustain and preserve health in our own living 

environment. It benefits the growers, the consumers, and pretty much everyone else.

Dr. Richard Freeman, Ph.D. We’re hearing the word “sustainable” a lot these days. It’s coming from activists and journalists, from politicians and the marketing agents, writers, anyone in public life. I hear it talking with friends. Sustainable agriculture, sustainable development, and sustainable living – I certainly use the word, myself. So, when I use the Read the full article…

‘Clean Green’-Labeled Marijuana Is Pesticide-Free, Environmentally Friendlier

As consumers continue to step up and demand clean marijuana – and as ecologically-minded farmers emerge and voice their opinions – the political climate will change and regulatory change will follow.

WASHINGTON: Chris Van Hook bent over a shrub-sized marijuana plant at Mountain High Farm with a magnifying glass last month, looking for imperfections in the fan-shaped leaves. A few of the fronds were “chewed on,” which is what Van Hook expects in a pesticide-free crop. Pot grown at the state-licensed operation can’t be certified as organic because the Read the full article…