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Joseph Chidiac or JC BASSicly from Denver via Beirut grows cannabis and vegetable plants at home, and consults others through his advisory. Read on with our Q&A. He grows to relax and loves strawberries.

Where do you grow? 

I’m based in the Denver CO region but grow at home and out and about with clients and partners. Recently, a lot of my growing activities have revolved around Warehouse Farms’ research and development program, in which we are testing hydroponic systems and LED fixtures and trialling seeds, fertilizers, media, and a whole lot of other exciting things!

Why do you grow? 
I grow because I am fascinated by biological processes and know that the key to overcoming the challenges that humanity faces is to learn as much about nature as we can and apply it to everything we do daily. The plants don’t seem to mind, and it relaxes me so I don’t get into trouble as often when I’m gardening.

How long have you been growing?

I have been caring for plants in an urban environment since I was a young boy growing up in a Beirut suburb; my parents always loaded the balcony and roof with anything green. It’s now a little over 10 years that I have been growing cannabis and food crops indoors, and the past four years have seen much more intensive experimentation. There are still plants that I do not eat, but I anticipate that will change as soon as I grow any of them for the first time.

Favorite grow medium?

Expanded clay aggregate is a very high performance usable substrate that I enjoy growing in. It’s also amazing how much you can grow in a small cube of rock-wool. For germination, though, my favorite so far is polyphenolic foam–it’s sterile, inert, and works like a charm. I am testing compostable alternatives currently.

Indoor, outdoor or greenhouse. Why?

I believe every cultivation system has its place, and field, greenhouse, and indoor farms complement one another quite nicely. Together, these systems comprise a strong and sustainable fresh food industry. Greenhouses alleviate production pressure on open fields while decreasing water usage, and vertical farms decrease the need for storage and transportation. That’s really the tip of the iceberg, and there are many more reasons to keep all three growing models alive and strong.

Seed or clone?

Never again will I accept cuttings or clones from other people. More than once bitten, eventualy shy. Seeds are really the best way to minimize the risk of bringing pests and pathogens into your facility or onto your farm through propagative material. Once you have established healthy plants from seed, then rooting cuttings/clones is a great way to increase your population and speed up your production. Tissue culture methods also help get the most out of your material and tease out disease of need be.

Nutrients you love or make?

My favorite is mixing individual dry salts from scratch because it gives me complete control and the flexibility to adjust each new batch based on crop feedback. On the consumer side, Foxfarm, Botanicare, and GH all work well for most crops if you refresh the reservoir often enough. I have been trialling Cyco, Elite, Advanced, and Emerald and find them all to be high quality and appropriate for a variety of crops so far. I’m really excited about Key to Life coming out with a full and usable fertilizer, as they ship it dry and have you simply add water. Another thing I have my eye on is the effort to release an organically derived water soluble fertilizer, as companies such as Re-Nuble are making progress in this area which will contribute significantly to the sustainability of hydroponics.

Lighting choices?

It’s a changing world, and LED technology is changing faster than most things. While a lot of our assumptions and evaluations were true just a couple of years ago, LEDs now have higher efficiency, versatility, and a lower price tag than ever before. Based on my own tests, I find LED technology to be the best option for a large portion of horticultural lighting applications. There are plenty of parameters to play with depending on the crop, cultivar, and desired outcomes, and it’s good fun playing around with them.

What is your favorite plant of all time? It can also be a strain. Let us know why you love it.

While I love cannabis and all the potential it holds, I may have to go with the strawberry plant on this one! Aside from the fact that it is a majorly generous sugar and flavor factory, these things’ drive to survive and propagate themselves commands my undying respect.

How has cannabis affected your life?

Since first learning about and consuming cannabis, it has affected my life in very positive ways, not the least of which stress relief. I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to grow it, teach others, and present on the cultivation and breeding of cannabis to academic and professional audiences and was surprised to yield nothing but positive responses and questions. The plant’s impact on the field of CEA is marked, and it continues to drive the technological advances we see for another while longer.

Tell us about your biggest farming/growing/gardening screw up. 

While my job rests on not making any hefty mistakes when it matters, I have definitely overfilled reservoirs, run pumps on empty, and forgot to turn timers back on in my own gardens. Still, most of the time I get to put out fires started by others or even just simple circumstance, and sometimes it takes quite a bit of counseling and psychology to turn off the waterworks when someone thinks they’re in big trouble and it’s all over!

If there was one song you could play to your plants, what would it be? 

Poems of Shape and Motion by Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Final question — everyone has a superpower or a special skill. Tell us about yours. Can be growing related, or not.

I’m definitely not the only engineer who is critical to a fault, in fact I lose sensitive friends with my careless technicalities. My superpower or special skill then is being able to communicate with engineers, farmers, scientists, and business people at the same time. It seems to be coming in handy daily.

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Why do you grow? For the next 90 days we’re featuring real life growers, some in cannabis some in urban farming. Our goal with Eddy is to build the best network of growers and data anywhere in this universe so know-how is accessible to all! Today we interview GrowGuru Joe Snow.

We want to help you and all growers and aspiring growers to grow like a pro in tune with our dear Mother Earth.   Like what you are reading? Become an Eddy GrowGuru here.  

We’ve known Joseph “Joe” Snow for a few years and wherever he roams he shares his wisdom and kind deeds with people and planet. Now in California growing his dream crop cannabis, Joe is all about the cycle of life, and believes that farming can lead to the “perfection of human beings.” Like so many growers we meet, Joe is one of those spiritual guys who is constantly looking for new ways to connect people to their plants and Mother Nature. He also grows to self-heal. Ain’t that the way. (We love you Joe!!!

Meet GrowGuru Joe Snow

Nickname or handle
Snowtill

Instagram name
Snowtill89

Company website or Facebook page
http://www.myoozinspire.com

Where do you grow?
California

Why do you grow?

My farming idol, and general idol at that, Masanobu Fukuoka the author of the one straw revolution once said that farming was about the perfection of human beings. Although I’d argue that chemical agriculture does not work for this cause, as it aims to disconnect man from the land he is so dependant on, and does so for profit. Biodynamic, organic, and specifically No-Till methodologies really help illuminate the connection we have to this planet, and the neverending life cycle we are part of. I also grow to simply provide clean, healthy, high quality cannabis for patients who need it!

Tell Us How You Grow

How long have you been growing?
Five years

Favorite grow medium?
I use handcrafted (by me) “No-Till soil. Right now the soil is over a year old and it’s in its fifth plant cycle already, meaning five plant cycles in the same soil medium!

Indoor, outdoor or greenhouse. Why?
Currently indoor out of necessity, but ideally a high tech greenhouse would be the end game.

Seed or clone?
Everything was started from seed, besides for our OG Kush that was gifted to us, and if we find a phenotype we like we may keep it around and mother it out for clones. Currently just using clones from our favorite phenotypes, but will most likely hunt some more gems out of some seed stock I’ve been waiting quite some time to plant!

Nutrients you love or make?
Nutrients? None… Just plain tap water, a healthy mulch layer, and lots of little bugs and critters.

Lighting choices?
Ceramic lighting fixtures, either CMH or lec, as they are the best for keeping small rooms well lit but cool. Also they produce a much better terpene profile, and resin production relatively to regular hps, at least according to my anecdotal observations.

Tell Us About Your Grow History

What is your favorite plant of all time?
My current phenotype of Gotime is my absolute favorite. An intense cheese/gas aroma, with a resin production that will make you sticky from just being in the same room with it.

How has cannabis affected your life?
Cannabis has helped ease many ailments of my own, such as insomnia and social anxiety. It also really helped open my mind to being more accepting and loving of people who are different than me, I think some of it has to do with the incredible diversity found in the cannabis community!

Tell us about your biggest farming/growing/gardening screw up. 
Well during my past cycle we had an air conditioning meltdown, so we got a temporary replacement as it was ridiculously hot outside and we needed it. I went into the grow room during the lights off period in flower (and as any grower will tell you DON’T turn those lights on) to check that the new AC unit was working. On my way back out of the room, I didn’t notice (due to it being pitch black) the old AC unit in the walkway. Long story short, I fell over the AC, on to two 6 foot tall Grandaddy plants. Due to me being a fairly large human being I pretty much decimated the plants, goodbye $2,000 haha…

If there was one song you could play to your plants, what would it be? 

Ludovico Einaudi - Nuvole Bianche - YouTube

Grow Powers

Final question — everyone has a superpower or a special skill. Tell us about yours. 
Since I’m a child I’ve had an affinity for finding small creatures and critters throughout nature. I think this has translated into my ability to detect small differences within the growing ecosystem we’ve created, enabling me to maintain a proper balance in the grow room. With the ability to find small things from the corner of my eye greatly helps with early problem detection, which is key for successful growing.

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Why do you grow? For the next 90 days we’re featuring real life growers, some in cannabis some in urban farming. Our goal with Eddy is to build the best network of growers and data anywhere in this universe so know-how is accessible to all! 

We want to help you and all growers and aspiring growers to grow like a pro in tune with our dear Mother Earth. Today we interview Tanner Sporcich who grows in Walsenburg, Colorado, because he just loves the satisfaction of growing cannabis plants.  Like what you are reading? Become an Eddy GrowGuru here.  

Meet Tanner Sporcich

Instagram name
colorado_growing

Why do you grow?
I grow because I love to grow. I love to see all my hard work becoming beautiful plants. There’s nothing better than the satisfaction of growing.

How long have you been growing?
3 years

Favorite grow medium?
Living soil

Indoor, outdoor or greenhouse. Why?
Indoor because I like to have more control when it comes to the climate of the grow.

Seed or clone?
Seed

Nutrients you love or make?
Sohum living soil or general organics

Lighting choices?
HPS mh LED

What is your favorite plant of all time? It can also be a strain. Let us know why you love it.
Pineapple Express is my favorite strain to grow. It is a high yielded and easy to grow. It will make your grow room smell like fresh pineapple slices.

Tell us about your biggest farming/growing/gardening screw up. 
I was growing in a shed in the middle of winter. I went out of town for the weekend and the power breaker blew to the shed. All my plants froze solid. I think I lost around 16 plants.

If there was one song you could play to your plants, what would it be?

Collie Buddz - [Collie Buddz ] Come Around HQ - YouTube

Everyone has a superpower or a special skill. Tell us about yours.
Natural green thumb

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