Watch: Episode 7 of ‘Growing Exposed’—Acres Upon Acres

If the scale of this next facility doesn’t blow your mind… then nothing will.

Welcome to the California field of dreams for medical marijuana growing.  Expert Justin Cooper guides you through this seven-acre natural sunlight greenhouse production facility that he believes will dictate the future of medicinal cannabis production for all of the U.S.

What makes natural sunlight greenhouses superior to other forms of cannabis production? First and foremost, it’s the utilization of natural sunlight that slashes energy costs, creating a far more sustainable product.

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Farming the High Seas: The Future of Floating Gardens

Gardens have been essential to human civilization throughout history. From the Garden of Eden to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to Mother Earth herself, gardens have been part of how we survive and flourish as a species. Since man first planted crops more than 10,000 years ago, agriculture and horticulture have been in our blood, both figuratively and literally.

Today, the world’s population has reached 7.5 billion, according to the 2017 UN Worldometer estimates, growing at an incremental rate of 1.11 percent each year since 1955, putting global projections at a milestone of 10 billion by 2056.

Currently, agriculture consumes 11 percent of the world’s entire landmass, using a mere third of the potential space available to grow crops for food and medicine. The remaining two thirds fluctuates between being ‘usable,’ based on flooding, natural conditions and climate change. From these numbers, the demand for production in usable areas would increase by 70 percent over the next few decades, a seemingly impossible task, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization.

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Benny’s Farm: Restructuring Sustainable Growing

Sustainably-grown cannabis is surprisingly hard to come by. Cultivation methods typically require copious amounts of water waste, resource use and enough electricity to power a major city on a weekly basis. The push for more environmentally-conscious growing methods is becoming a much-discussed topic in the cannabis community; sustainable techniques that have little to no impact on the environment are critical for longevity. Growers like Benny’s Farm in Los Angeles are creating solutions for efficient cultivation, giving the community top-grade product without draining the resources we rely on for survival.

Benny of Benny’s Farm champions growing cannabis using the NASA-developed technology of aeroponics. Aeroponics uses the air in a given environment to grow plants, without the use of soil or rockwool. Benny started growing this way about two years ago, after forming a brotherly bond with an aero-growing legend named Ché. Throughout his mentorship, Benny learned the importance of research and education in growing cannabis, and eventually went on to run his own operation. With honesty, transparency and resiliency at the core of his growing mantra, Benny’s passion came to life and is now thriving, without the typical carbon footprint of most grow operations.

Benny’s FarmAccording to Benny, growing cannabis aeroponically is by no means easy, and attention to detail is critical for a successful crop. The water that is used in the process is never dumped; rather, when it’s ready to flush, the nutrient-dense waste is used to feed Benny’s on-site plants. A successful run using aeroponics cuts down on veg times, creating the opportunity to produce flower more regularly. The system’s lightweight portability makes it ideal for urban growing, a concept that will continue to spread within densely populated areas such as L.A.

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Nico’s Nuggets: Grow Some Weed This Summer!

Hello, Nico!

Thanks for all the great grow articles; I’ve learned so much about marijuana from HIGH TIMES over the years! I am wondering if it is too late for me to grow a plant or two outside this summer and get a harvest come Autumn? I have a back deck that gets sunlight most of the day. We live in Tennessee. I started some bag seed, and the seedlings are nearly six inches in height now. What should I do?

Thanks & keep up the good work,

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Strain Review: Empire Wellness CBD

Empire Wellness is creating some of the most flavorful and aromatic products that I’ve tried so far in the CBD isolate world.

Infused with a selection of cannabis terpenes, the 99% pure CBD isolate crystals hold onto some power on the nose and tongue. Empire Wellness offers pure and infused CBD isolates, live resin CBD wax, oils, terpenes, candy gummies and much more. I picked up some CBD live resin wax, as well a few citrus-based CBD isolate flavors.

Let me break them down.

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PHANTOM FARMS: A Spirit of Friendship and Experimental Cultivation

Nestled between two hills in a small, secluded valley, rows of cannabis plants stretch as far as the eye can see and drop off over the edge of a hill like a vineyard. There are no structures or people in sight, and Phantom Farms’ two side-by-side Tier II grow sites are silent and peaceful—except for the distant sound of the garden boom box playing Pink Floyd. A picture-perfect setting for this tight knit group of friends to grow their dream.

Phantom FarmsPhantom Farms was born when a close group of family and friends saw an opportunity to do what they love, do it well and do it together. Their diverse backgrounds included experience in general contracting, law, advertising and many years in the medical cannabis industry, uniquely positioning them to start their business themselves.

The PF team is excited about experimentation, which is evident in their diverse growing styles. From greenhouses to outdoor, seeds to clones, varying bed styles and even the number of plants per bed, they test different methods to dial in a perfect system. Even their impressive 45 strain lineup is diverse, including many genetics they’ve bred themselves. One cross combines Lemon Dream and Super Lemon Haze for a terpene-heavy strain they’ve named Cascade Lemonade, after the mountain range that serves as the backdrop for their picturesque location.

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Microlife: Growing Cannabis Organically

Regenerative farming literally feeds the earth.

The pear tree in Meg Fender’s backyard is her pride and joy. She said, in many ways, it’s one of the key elements of her garden’s health.

“That tree has been producing major amounts of fruit for over a decade,” Fender said. “So much that I sometimes can’t even keep up with it during the picking season. A lot of it ends up on the ground.”

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Becoming a Marijuana Farmer

Growing cannabis for the first time can alter a relationship with the plant.

In November 2012, my Colorado neighbors and I voted to legalize adult-use cannabis.

The following month, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Amendment 64 into the state constitution, immediately legalizing the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana – though the legal sales would take more than a year to begin.

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WASTE NOT, WANT NOT: Cultivar Syndicate Has a Plan For Every Bud

If variety is the spice of life, the folks over at Cultivar Syndicate have got you covered. Earlier this year they produced clones from over 300 different mother plants, offering a rainbow of genetics, including rare strains like Seattle Soda and the ultra colorful D12. The effort that goes into sourcing such a high number of mother plants is astounding. Even more impressive, “the genetics are all vetted,” director Mike tells me. “Most of this stock came directly from the breeder themselves.” Seeing these plants grown in an efficient soil-hydro hybrid medium, reeking up the place and displaying a dazzling array of colors, it’s clear why House of Cultivar flowers have earned a cult status.

Cultivar Syndicate cannabis plantCultivar Syndicate green cannabis plant 

The 14,000 sq. ft. building sat unused for 25 years before Cultivar Syndicate came in and rebuilt it from the ground up. Barriers were put in place for strict pest management, including installing cleanroom windows to pass clones from one room to the next. Passive airflow filtered and pulled from underground cools the rooms, so there’s no need for air conditioners blasting 24/7, and lights step up in intensity as the plants approach harvest time. Every corner reveals another meticulously planned piece of their vertical operation, which is entirely shaped around the lifecycle of the plants.

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