Q: Tell me about your background. You’re a probiotic distributor & Garden Coordinator from Napa, right?
A: That’s correct. I resell probioitcs for SCDProbiotics.com and I’ve been involved in Probiotic Technology for about 15 years. I also developed an outreach program in the Napa Valley that focuses on probiotic education. The education program was activated in a couple of Napa schools as well as the Suscol Intertribal Council’s Little Feather Garden Program in Napa, which is a nonprofit for Native Americans. I also work with agriculture and medical cannabis directly.
Cannabis was our target market development goal, launching the Probiotics at Wonders of Cannabis, SF (2008). The growers weren’t as educated about bacteria or fungi as they are today. It’s taken sometime for us to be recognized by growers so I’ve worked with the wine industry, orchards, schools and things of that nature waiting for the cannabis industry to join the Probiotic Revolution. Currently, we’re hosting seminars with the Department of Water Resource Scientists sharing our Tribal Ecological Knowledge, referred to as TEK.
What’s happened is DWR scientists have reached a brick wall, as far a solutions for pollution goes and they’re looking at Indigenous Knowledge Keepers with information that can balance some of their environmental issues. Native Americans have a lot of knowledge that’s been passed down from the Elders, as far as managing resources, so there needs to be a collaboration between the scientists and Wisdom Keepers.
Q: Can you give me a brief summary of soil technology you’ve been working with?
A: Probiotic Technology is based on the fact that our planet was developed and engineered by the space traveling microbes. The microbes began eating rock and creating dirt for more life on earth. The activities of diverse microbes play different roles in a sustainable ecological system. Some microorganisms would create oxygen transforming toxins into beneficial compounds for other member of the collective project called plant earth.
Based on the facts that we are now finding microbial life throughout the cosmos, lets us know it was the microbials that first began to develop planet Earth. These microbials have been at work a long time engineering the planet in all its sustainability, and we try to reemploy them in a lot of the bioremediation projects.
We find when we work with Probiotics, our crops are better than ever. Our waterways have a better chance in staying clean. If you think of our sustainable rainforest, everything that falls to the ground has to be broken down by microbes, then delivered back to the hungry plants and trees as a food source.
When we start to incorporate these decomposers, recyclers and regenerators back in the soil, we’re growing a plant but essentially what we’re doing is rebuilding our planet. We’re trying to bring it back to a state of balance by nurturing these the original planet engineers.
Gardening is just one tool that we use to nurture the original planet builders, the microbes. We found that microbials brewed in a consortia, both anaerobic/aerobic bacteria enjoy working together to build a sustainable environment.
If someone who cultivates cannabis if they took this concept to heart and used it in their practices, how would that change their crop?
Testing — this is one of the reasons I like working with cannabis growers so much — it’s the constant testing of their medical products coupled with multiple harvests per year that gives cultivators the opportunity to fine tune their growing skills. We’re finding out with cannabis, in order for the plants cannabinoid spectrum to be genetically developed fully, it’s gotta be bio available in the soil. With the cost of testing reduced, enhanced and more available to producers, we’re looking at improvements not only in cannabinoid spectrum but also the flavonoids and all of the turps are score higher than competitors. This is because the structures below the soil are bio available being pulled up into the canopy and into the fruit.
Wine makers know complex flavors in vines come from bio available nutrients in the soil. Medical Cannabis Producers are always testing the finished products and those grown with Probiotics show spectrums unmatched over conventional commercial growing. We think that cannabis cultivation will lead the way for other agriculture industry’s to follow us. The translatable information of Probiotic farming will produce nutrient dense food with higher antioxidant levels.
But look at my neighbors in Lake County, they win more awards for wine quality than Napa County per acre and that’s because 50% of wine managers they’ve hired are all ex-pot growers. These guys know how to treat the soil and they bring the life in soil up to a point where the flavor of the grapes out compete Napa year after year. Because of the soil management, you’re able to ferment different things out of the vines that you couldn’t do before.
Now they’re scrambling to hire all our cannabis growers to keep winning awards. Lake County’s on to it! Wondering if any of the growers worked with Eddy? There’s a lot of things like that where you realize “Holy cow! All these pot growers really know how to do it!” Now let’s bring that over to walnuts , strawberries or whatever else you grow in California, I believe cannabis is going to be a bioneer in agriculture. If probiotic information is accessible for all, it can translate into balance and harmony for Mother Earth. Bananas grown with Probiotics score better than other bananas organically grown as far as nutrient density because of that relationship with the soil bacteria during the growing cycle.
Q: What makes you a Ganjier?
A: My senior year in H.S. (91′) I had to pick a science topic for a class report. I chose biomass energy. At the time, Jack Herer was talking about the magic of the hemp plant in Hightimes. I reported to my peers about the biomass capacity of hemp as replacement for fossil fuel and to strengthen the love I discovered after football practices called CANNABIS. The teacher gave me a big fat “F” because hemp was illegal and unfit for biomass production. The grade felt like a A in my mind, because I found the portal that could free this plant hemp. Thanks, Jack!
The animal behavior inside me created from years of competive sports didn’t stand a chance against the inner hippy I experienced under the influence of the healing herb. I would smoke late night and explore my thoughts of compassion and unity that seem to elude me during the day. My football buddies wanted to party (drinking/girls) as I sailed off into the infinite beyond looking for knowledge.
After a serious electrical accident in 97′ left me disabled, I was recommend medical cannabis by Dr. Todd Mykuriya. His knowledge of plant selection for pain management guided my green thumb. I stared understanding the different effects cannabis had to offer me. Sometime I needed pain relief with heavy effects or an antidepressant remedy that can keep me active. The variables seemed endless. I noticed more that genetics played a role in the effects. The plant had to be grown right for the desired effects I was looking for. I noticed that sometimes the herb looked amazing but the effects would drop out fast. I started asking questions about the cultivation and found Hydroponics was beautiful on the outside but I always preferred outdoor Northern California Herb. The information about origin was that the herb came from the Hippies’ (organic farmers) and I had to learn more of these strange dirt loving people.
My quest to develop the best possible product available for myself really pushed my medicine in a new realm. I knew my product was different than other people’s because everyone wanted it. Now trying to translate that to rest of the cannabis community is why we go went into business.
I had the opportunity to support some of Northern California’s best growers. I was exposed to many different kinds of cannabis, both indoor and outdoor. I put together a profile of the things I liked about the indoor and the things I liked about the outdoor. Then I started to ask questions about the specific growing regions where the medicine was produced. I began to see patterns of successes from specific growing areas in Northern, Central California with certain strains.
I see similarities to Napa/Sonoma where we have a distinguished growing area (AVA) that can be adopted into Cannabis Cultivation. I didn’t realize the skills I developed over the years until I co-judged that Emerald Cup last year. You can really appreciate the years of evaluating people’s medicine . That’s when it hit me: I’ve been training for The Emerald Cup my whole life.
Q: Anything else you want to share?
A: I’d really like to push the vaporizer issue. As we evaluate these strains, I get a lot of crap from the Emerald Cup guys about a smokeless evaluation but I was telling them when we taste in the wine industry, we don’t put wine through a beer bong to taste them, we sip slowly. I would really like to promote the vaporization of cannabis to better explore the cannabinoids and all of the turps.
To really analyze the flowers putting it through a vaporizer is a good start and protects the Judges from excessive smoking complication.
Kevin, who personally I think is one of the greatest icons we have in cannabis today, that poor guy was spitting up blood last year after judging the Emerald Cup from smoking all that cannabis and mold exposure. To me, if we lose that man’s voice, then that’s going to be big loss for emerging Cannabis Industry.
Protecting the icons of cannabis and setting the standards for the next generation watching us and the work we’re doing is important. Using a vaporizer will hopefully keep the next round of Ganjier healthier a lot longer than rolling blunts and putting these beautiful strains through tobacco rolled paper. I’ve done that, too, but I can tell you as far as flavor and evaluation, the vaporizer is the way to go.