Unlike most of the cannabis conferences Portland has hosted in recent months, this weekend’s CannaGrow Expo isn’t as much of a business-focused seminar as it is an opportunity for master growers to hobnob and tell stories about growing bud in an era when they were still gripped by fear every time they heard a knock on the door. The OG class is still around—men and women who learned their trade in basements, without help from cannabis-focused lawyers or easily accessible advice online. Here’s who to look for, both icons and exceptional new cultivators.
Room B: 11:30 am-12:20 pm Friday, Aug. 28
As one of the founders of the space-saving Sea of Green growing method, Wolf Segal has a wealth of knowledge about innovations in cannabis farming in the past 20 years. A friend of Jack Herer and contemporary of the famous Neville of the Dutch Seed Bank, Segal will talk about aquaponics and his upcoming, second book on cultivating marijuana.
Room B: 1:30-2:20 pm Friday, Aug. 28
Hildenbrand is the head scientist at C4 Laboratories, which is focused on research to enable more effective treatments. He argues against the âindica vs. sativaâ dichotomy that limits our medical understanding of cannabis. âIn reality there are countless factors that go into each individual strainâs effect on the human system,â he says. âWeâre doing [this] research because we donât want the medical consumer to find a successful treatment solution every once in a while, we want them to find that solution the first time. Every time.â
Room B: 10:30-11:20 am, Saturday, Aug. 29
After growing top-shelf bud in the Los Angeles area for more than a decade, Karcey saw a need for strategically designed grow operations that ensure a healthy, stable grow without pesticides or chemicals. Karceyâs largest design was a 315,000-square-foot facility in Nova Scotia that cost more than $34 million. She recently developed Cultivo, an engineering and design firm in Northern California specializing in large-scale cannabis-growing facilities. Sheâs also partnered with author Ed Rosenthal (the horticulturist who introduced Durban Poison to the U.S.) as a consultant to develop cultivation methodologies.
Room B: 11:30 am-12:20 pm
Saturday, Aug. 29
If you recognize Tippinâs name, it could be from the pages of The Oregonian, in which he recently described battling mites with essential oils and citric acid instead of chemical pesticides. His standards for organic practices are reflected in every aspect of his life, including his company, which converts cars to run on vegetable oil. He developed the Organic Cannabis Growers Society, which offers certification of organic growing facilities and methods, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture cannot declare marijuana organic without legalization at the federal level.
Room A: 4-5 pm Saturday, Aug. 29
Kushmanâs creations have won him 13 awards at the Cannabis Cup and a stint as the staff dealer for High Times. His mission is to provide the cleanest, purest product possible, and his latest endeavor is developing nutrients for an uber-organic method of growing called âveganics,â in which everything used is certified organic and contains nothing but plant-derived ingredients.
GO: The CannaGrow Expo is at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach, 909 N Hayden Island Drive, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29. For a full schedule, see cannagrowexpo.com. Two-day expo-only pass $49, 2-day expo and sessions pass $249. Use the code “FOREVERGREEN” to save 20 percent on registration.