Cannabis Strains, Past, Present and Future

What is the next billion dollar cultivar?

A 40 year cannabis cultivator and propagator sits down in conversation with an evolutionary biologist who is mapping cannabis genetics to talk about the past, present and future of cannabis strains and genetics. They are joined on-stage by the author of Teaming with Microbes and a regenerative farmer focused on developing Cannabis Appellations of Origin to talk about living soil, appellation, terroir and much more.

Get out the popcorn, or the dab rig…

Kevin Jodrey, Cultivation Director, Wonderland Nursery
Mowgli Holmes, Chief Scientific Officer, Phylos Bioscience

Jeff Lowenfels, Author, Teaming with Microbes
Justin Calvino, Founder, Mendocino Appellations Project

This event happened in Venice California on Thursday, September 27th, 6-9pm.


Kevin Jodrey is one of the most well known growers in Humboldt County and is an internationally respected cannabis expert, known for improving and forwarding the modern cannabis movement. As a world renowned hunter of ganja genetics, Kev is fascinated by the search for rare, desirable, and marketable traits.

Kevin is the creator of Port Royal, owner of Wonderland Nursery, and co-founder of The Ganjier. He’s been a cannabis cultivator for decades, running his own operations and offering consulting services to the broader community. He’s spoken at universities, judged at the Emerald Cup, and consulted on cannabis related educational shows for National Geographic and A&E.

Featured in the New York Times, a pulitzer prize winning Washington Post article, countless other articles, books, and radio, and tv shows, he is at the epicenter of the Green Rush (and graces the walls of the Oakland Museum to prove it) and is guiding the industry as it transitions to legalization.

Mowgli Holmes is a molecular and evolutionary biologist. He has a PhD from Columbia University, where he was a National Research Service Award Fellow. He is a founding board member of the Cannabis Safety Institute and the Open Cannabis Project, and is Chair of the Oregon State Cannabis Research Task Force.

Jeff Lowenfels is the author of Teaming With Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to The Soil Food Web and Teaming With Nutrients: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition. His third book in the soils trilogy, Teaming With Fungi, The Organic Grower’s Guide to Mycorrhizae, was published in 2017 and instantly became a best seller. Jeff has become a leader in the organic gardening/sustainability movement as a result of his best selling books. His talks have converted tens of thousands of gardeners at venues throughout North and South America. Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to The Soil Food Web was reviewed as “the most important new gardening book in 25 years and maybe even ever.” Jeff grew up as an indentured servant on his father’s hobby farm in Scarsdale, New York. There he was forced to plant, weed, mow and pick fruits, flowers, and vegetables on an 8-acre ‘gentlemen’s farm’ replete with acres-wide vegetable gardens, a Versailles-style formal flower garden, a 100 tree fruit orchard and countless landscape shrubs, lawns and decorative beds. He escaped to Harvard College where he majored in Geology and the Harvard. Jeff hosted Alaska public television’s most popular show, “Alaska Gardens with Jeff Lowenfels.” The show was so popular, it ran four times a week and aired even in Barrow, way above the Arctic Circle. He also hosted a popular, weekly, garden radio show until his travel schedule lecturing around the world caught up with him. Most important, Jeff is the founder of a national program that started as “Plant a Row for Bean’s,” the soup kitchen in Anchorage, and is now “Plant A Row for The Hungry.” The program is active all 50 states and Canada and has resulted in millions of pounds of garden produce being donated to feed the hungry every year.

Justin Calvino is the founder of The Mendocino Appellations Project and the Emerald Exchange. Justin serves on the board of directors for The California Growers Association and the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association. He is a regenerative economist who believes in the creative genius and local sovereignty of Mendocino. Justin works to shift public perception of cannabis, honor Mendocino’s unique cannabis heritage, and support farms, families and his local community.

The VENUE: Townhouse Venice

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