Instructor of the Month: Big Mike

bigmikesquareCongratulations to Big Mike, OU’s November 2015 Instructor of the Month! 

Michael “Big Mike” Parker
Lead Horticulture Technician


What do you teach at Oaksterdam University?
I teach Basic & Advanced Horticulture and I run the Alumni Student Pass (ASP), which helps OU Alumni with grow related questions and problems. I also teach large grow operation concepts, design, and construction.

 How long have you been with OU?
I’ve been one of the Lead Horticulture Technicians at OU since 2008.

How you got involved in the industry?
My mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, which compelled me to become more involved in cannabis community and industry. I started growing when I was seventeen years old, but ultimately it was my Mother’s condition that motivated me to become an activist.

 What is the name of your company or business and what services you provide?
I am the CEO of the Oaksterdam Nursery, which provides California Bay Area medical patients with clones and plants. I’m also the CEO of Oaksterdam Cones, which provides tested, high-quality pre-rolled cannabis for medical patients. Our products are available at Magnolia Wellness in Oakland, CA.

Expert tip for our readers?  
When changing or altering something in your garden, do one thing at a time and let it take effect (for example: fixing a nutrient problem, trying new fertilizers, etc).

Favorite part about Oaksterdam?
My favorite part of OU is our students – Without them, we are nothing.

Anything else you’d like to share with our readers
The following books are valuable sources of information. I’ve owned the “Marijuana Grower’s Guide” since I started growing, and still to this day recommend it for your own library.

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