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Photo by Jose Quezada. Left to right: Dave Royal, Hollie Hall and Cuauhtemoc Villa.
Discussing appellations, terroir and how these connect with soil and water. Left to right: Dave Royal, Hollie Hall and Cuauhtemoc Villa. Photo by Jose Quezada.

“You put the seed breeding panel at 11 a.m. — you expect those stoners to get up early!” — one actual response someone had to seeing the 2nd annual Ganjier Spring Kickoff’s education schedule.

Yes, we did expect folks to get there early and they didn’t disappoint! We packed more than 8 hours of education into Saturday just for farmers and ganjapreneurs, and their hunger for knowledge was evident. More than 1,100 people came out to the Ganjier Spring Kickoff on Feb. 20, and there was standing-room-only in the Mateel Community Center for every panel and presentation on the main education stage. Speakers tackled topics that ranged from advanced organic practices to site remediation tips to working with county and state regulators.

Experts, consultants, farmers and professionals shared their knowledge on stage all day and answered important questions from the crowd. We are grateful to all of our speakers for making these panels and presentations truly educational and helping move the community forward. We will be releasing podcasts of the recorded panels within the next couple weeks, so if you missed a panel or want to hear it again, they’ll be available soon!

Seeds and Vendors at the Ganjier Spring Kickoff

Several vendors and community members described the atmosphere of the Kickoff as “mellow” and informative. Mean Gene commented that not only were the companies who took part in the event the kind of vendors you want to see, but the people who attended the event were engaged and friendly.

The exhibitor fair in the two main tents included cannabis brands and farmer-friendly businesses eager to talk with growers and patients. Cannabis seeds, however, are the major draw at the Kickoff — how better to kickoff 2016 than with high quality genetics from the Emerald Triangle and beyond? That’s why we were so excited to have South Fork Seed Collective and Rebel Grown as our Platinum sponsors this year.

Both our Platinum sponsors brought their seed offerings for 2016 to share with patients, and they also helped round out our education schedule. Ganja Rebel Dan from Rebel Grown (formerly Ganja Rebel Seeds) brought together leading cannabis breeders to share how they developed their favorite strains and built their skills on The Future of Seed Breeding panel. Later in the day, Daniel from South Fork Seed Collective lead the panel on Advanced Organic Practices, which included tips and insights from several expert panelists on organic methods.

Coastal Seeds, Lempire Farmaseed, CSI Humboldt, SoHum Seed Collective and Aficionado Seeds were also at the Kickoff representing the region’s seed breeders.

A Few Thank You’s Are in Order

This was The Ganjier’s biggest event yet, and it’s only our first of 2016! Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers and vendors for helping us put together an amazing event.

Major support from our Platinum sponsors South Fork Seed Collective and Rebel Grown helped propel this event forward, and we also wanted to give a shout out to our Gold sponsors here:

That’s quite a list and we have many other sponsors that also helped make the 2nd annual Ganjier Spring Kickoff happen. Check out the sponsor page for all the great folks who took part!

Two more people to thank: This event went as smoothly as it did because we had a great team at the core this year, and so I’d be remiss if I didn’t say a special thank you to Dylan Livingearth and Jennifer Metz for putting so much time and effort into shaping this event. Our combined hard work certainly paid off!

Coming soon! Photo gallery of the event and podcasts of the panels.

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