Congratulations to Natalie Darves-Bornoz, OU’s December 2015 Instructor of the Month!
What do you teach at Oaksterdam University?
I teach Outdoor Horticulture and Economics at Oaksterdam. My classes include, Sustainability, Land Preparation, Site Selection, Strain Selection, Soil Science and Organics, Compost Tea Systems, Irrigation Systems and Economics.
How long have you been with OU?
Approximately two years.
How did you get involved in the industry?
After a major injury, I took, what was supposed to be a short stint job, on an outdoor cannabis farm in the Emerald Triangle. I feel in love with people I met, the processes of this plant and realized the political and economic potential of this movement. Taking this job completely changed my career track. Ten years later, here I land on this podium at Oaksterdam…it has been a remarkable journey.
What is the name of your company or business and what services you provide?
I am the CEO of Cougar Acres Consulting. We are a small team-based firm that specializes in Sustainable Horticulture and Progressive Business modeling through strategic management and Best Practice farming models.
Expert Tip for our readers?
If you are in the process of choosing a site for cultivation, choose a site that allows for outdoor growing! I am a proponent for sunshine-grown organic cannabis. Growers can achieve remarkable results with the outdoor cultivation of the cannabis plant when they apply Best Practices in farming, soil science and real business structure to their cultivation sites. I believe that boutique outdoor growers have the capacity to change public perceptions around outdoor cannabis’s (purported) lessened potency, aesthetic and medicinal effects. The carbon footprint reduction when choosing to grow outdoors over indoors is remarkable, and as our cannabis movement sojourns forward it is essential that we are ambassadors for sustainable business practices.
Favorite part about Oaksterdam?
The diversity of the student body. I am always humbled by the journeys so many of our students took to enter our classrooms. Students travel from all over the world and the country to attend our classes, they are a vivid representation of the dedication and passion that is the foundation of the cannabis movement, both past and present.
Anything else you’d like to share with out readers?
As California and the nation move toward regulatory/recreational and other cannabis frameworks, education will be the key to any person’s success through this paradigm shift. Go educate yourself, not just only at Oaksterdam, but in your community education centers on Business Practices, Horticulture, Soil Science, Biochemistry, Economics, etc. Almost every soft and hard science has a place in the cannabis movement, and we need representation across the board from well-informed and passionate people as our movement rapidly changes!
Cougar Acres Consulting website currently under construction