Lift Expo 2018
As the soaring popularity of fermented food consumption becomes apart of health awareness, we are seeing a similar trend in the soil industry. During the Lift & Co Expo, we encountered a company who is solely focused on fermented soil amendments. We met with Gary Growell the founder of “Good Green Earth Co.” to learn more about his product.
The process of making your own nutrient superfood to feed your plants only takes few weeks.
Organic-rich soil goes through a special fermenting process that makes it rich in nutrient and encourages mineral density. When the soil’s microecology is optimal, it continues to self-feed the plant and aid to fight against pesticides without additional chemical additives. Gary claims that by using his organic soil amendment, there will be an increase in flavour, colour, and yield for your cannabis plants.
The Good Green Earth Co. also offers a Bokashi compost system where you can make your own fermented soil using household food waste. Pet owners have the option to use a specially designed kit that will reduce waste into compost. The system is designed for indoor use while promising to reduce foul odours and unwanted pests. The process of making your own nutrient superfood to feed your plants only takes few weeks.
It was great to see an environmentally conscious company who offered an alternative method in soil amendments. These products from the Good Green Earth Co. are readily available in your Home Hardware store or on Amazon.
As we progress into a fully automated future, the partnership between technology and gardening are bridging the gap. One particular product intrigued us during our visit at the 2018 Lift & Co Expo in Toronto. We had the pleasure to talk to Bjorn Dawson, the CEO & Co-Founder of Grobo to learn more about this modern grow box.
The compact and sleek design of this grow box will provide a solution for those with limited space or wanting a functioning decor within their homes.
Grobro One is an automated personal grow box that promises to make an amateur's thumb turn green. Specifically designed to nourish a single cannabis plant from seedling to flower in a convenient way for the busy individual. The unit contains all the essential growing gear including 150W LED lights, DWC hydroponic system, a carbon filter, inline fans, automated nutrient feeding injections, coco coir and a security locking mechanism — All in which the user is able to control wirelessly through a proprietary App connected to a phone device (iOS & Android). The in-App software will also help guide the grower along each lifecycle of the plant. The compact and sleek design of this grow box will provide a solution for those with limited space or wanting a functioning decor within their homes.
This is indeed a pretentious product. However, there are some conditions that you may want to consider before diving into your wallet. Plant training and pruning are essential in order to contain your fast-growing plant within the 14 x 14 x 48" dimensions of the box. The hydroponic reservoir needs to be refilled weekly to avoid evaporation. Aftermarket nutrient customization is limited and its refillable feeding cartridges are required to be replenished only with specific Grobo formulas. Furthermore, this investment will not play kindly for those who are on a budget looking to casually get into home cultivation. There are many other inexpensive alternatives if you’re pursuing that route. The Grobo One is currently going for $1999 (USD).
“Some people put banana peels or tortilla chips in the pound of cannabis to offset the balance of humidity.”
Drew Emmer, podcast co-host of “Cultivate” and spokesperson for Boveda explains to us how many users don't really know how to store cannabis properly.
“It's hard to let go of old habits. Some people put banana peels or tortilla chips in the pound of cannabis to offset the balance of humidity.”
Like vegetable or any living organism, humidity level plays an important role. Optimal humidity levels can prolong the decaying process which mimics the “fresh zone” inside a refrigerator. Boveda packs act as 2-way control — “If it's too dry, it releases water. If its too wet, it sucks moisture”. Their medicinal herbal line comes in two choices of 58% RH and 62% RH to keep cured cannabis buds fresh.
Boveda is not only limited to cannabis but is also used amongst different enthusiast interested in cigars, foods and musical instruments.
Their product is recommended to any process growers who take custody of cannabis products until delivery to the end user. After harvesting, we’ll be sure to keep our babies fresh with these humidity packs. These packs are currently available on Amazon.
As cannabis legalization approaches, many businesses are scrambling to find their footing while emerging startups are forced to navigate through this dense competitive canopy. Toronto’s 2018 Lift & Co Expo is undoubtedly the place to be if you’re interested in discovering what the cannabis industry has to offer in Canada. This event has many types of products and services - including vaporizers, lab testing services, growing tech, dispensary memberships, bud trimming gadgets, and many more.
It can be overwhelming while you navigate through the various booths battling for your attention with freebies, show models, and flashy decor. Not to say that this was an issue but it really depends on what you’re seeking. For the general cannabis enthusiast or the prospect business investor this event is definitely for you. However, due to the immense exhibitor diversity, there seems to be a lack of products/service that would specifically intrigue the homegrown hobbyist. Only a few caught our attention and perhaps many others were just lost amongst the immensely populated show booths during our five-hour visit
Home cultivation hasn't gained enough momentum or interest mainstream yet, it’s a fairly niche hobby. As more of these events gain attention around Canada, it’s more than likely that we’ll see an abundance of interesting and innovating products geared towards the dedicated home grower in the near future. It’s undoubtedly an exciting time for cannabis. Keep a lookout in the coming weeks for a full coverage of some interesting businesses that called to our attention.