By Jeff Hickey I always listen closely when more experienced growers speak. Since I came to growing cannabis much later in life than most I know, I benefit from the wisdom of their tales. Over the years, I have heard stories about bat guano from growers. Some swear by...
Announcing: Oaksterdam Alumni Network
Oaksterdam Alumni — 80,000 students from 110 countries around the globe — have gone on to become the biggest leaders, personalities, and change-makers in the history of the cannabis movement. Now, there’s a place for all of us to gather, network and stay in touch. As part of OU’s ongoing 15-Year Anniversary celebration, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Oaksterdam Alumni Network.
Hort Labs Open to OU Alumni & Asynch
Oaksterdam University is excited to announce that our longstanding Horticulture Labs are now open to all OU alumni and students. Bring your plant babies, questions, and coffee for a morning chat about all things cultivation.
OU’s “Hort Labs” have been a Friday morning staple for as long as we can remember. Until now, they were open only to students currently enrolled in our live courses. As we celebrate our 15th Anniversary we’re opening the labs to the wider OU community.
How to Get a Job Growing Cannabis
Jobs in cannabis are booming, and professional cannabis growers are in demand. Keep reading to learn about what a professional cannabis grower does, what they need to know, their salary and job outlook, and how to get a job growing cannabis.
Professional cannabis growers work in cultivation facilities to grow plants from seed to harvest. There are numerous career paths within the cannabis cultivation industry. Positions range from entry-level trimmers to agronomists, plant breeders, lighting and ventilation consultants, integrated pest management experts, and cultivation directors.
The Freedom of Growing at Home
Jeffrey Hickey, author of the 2020 Isolation Grow Blog, and one of the co-creators and faculty members of the Home Grow program at Oaksterdam University, shares tips and insights on growing cannabis at home.
OU Courses Apply to Degree at Golden Gate U
Oaksterdam University is pleased to announce an exciting educational partnership with Golden Gate University. The partnership allows students to transfer credits from Oaksterdam Certification Courses toward their Bachelor’s Degree at GGU. It is the first partnership of its kind.OU graduates may transfer up to 18 credits of corresponding OU courses toward their accredited degree. Learn more here …
Virtual Field Trip: Alibi Cannabis
Oaksterdam students and alumni recently took a virtual field trip to Alibi Cannabis in Portland, Ore. Read the recap of our tour through the state-of-the-art grow operation and the equipment they use to cultivate their amazing craft cannabis.If you are a business wishing to host an OU virtual field trip, contact OU Lead Facilitator Samira Hasib at [email protected], or (510) 251-1544. Alumni are welcome to reach out to Samira to join our next tour!
How to Control Cannabis Odor
If you grow cannabis, you probably savor its familiar, pungent scent. Your neighbors? Not so much. Whether you’re growing a few plants for personal use, or you’re a commercial cultivator with an indoor facility or outdoor farm, odor mitigation is an important issue. Oaksterdam University experts share insight on how to mitigate that “skunky” smell.
“Main-lining” is the process of training your cannabis plant (utilizing Topping, LST, and Lollipopping) to form a manifold of branches where each branch has a direct line to the main stem. It is a great technique to control the growth of both indoor and outdoor...
When to Harvest
It is important to know when to harvest so your crop can reach its optimal potency. This month’s tip will give you a brief look at determining when to harvest based on trichome maturity.
Proper Use of Foliar Sprays
While not a substitute for healthy soil, foliar sprays are an effective way to supplement the nutritional needs of your cannabis plants. To properly use and fully benefit from your foliar sprays, keep these notes in mind: Foliar feeding should be done in the early...
Choosing a Growing Medium
Deciding which growing media to use in an indoor garden can be a difficult decision for beginners. There are several options available which each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Microbes & Molasses
Micro-organisms (Microbes) are microscopic, unicellular organisms that are necessary in nature. Microbes are the oldest form of life on earth, with fossils dating back to more than 3.5 billion years ago. There are millions of microbial species, which are divided into six major types: Bacteria, Archaea, Protozoa, Fungi, Viruses, and Microbial Mergers.
Powdery Mildew & Foliar Remedies
Powdery Mildew is a fungal disease that affects a wide variety of plants. PM is one of the easier fungal diseases to identify as its symptoms are quite distinctive.
A word derived from the names of the Greek deities Hermes and Aphrodite; hermaphrodite is meant to convey the presence of both sets of reproductive organs.