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Posted: March 18, 2016

Women Grow event held near Cranbrook

Women Grow is an entity that was created to connect, educate, inspire and empower the next generation of cannabis industry leaders by creating programs, community and events for aspiring and current business executives.

Founded in 2014 in Denver, Colorado, Women Grow is a for-profit entity that serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale. Chapter events are held every month in different cities throughout the region with the intent of encouraging and promoting small business artisans and strengthening the local economy throughout the region.

Women Grow Kootenay Region held its March networking event at the beginning of the month at the historic St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino (pictured above) near Cranbrook. The evening began with a blessing from a Ktunaxa elder in support of the future in the sentiment of this industry being something better for both the people and Mother Earth.

Women GrowThe event brought both presenters and guests from far and wide, including; David Greiner, an organic hemp farmer from Saskatchewan who shared his wealth of knowledge about large-scale agricultural hemp practices and production, and the ins and outs of running a family farm.

Graeme Staley and Bob Farmer of Purefarma Solutions Inc. spoke in depth about various cannabis extraction methods and processes.

Tamara Duggan, owner of Tamarack Dispensaries in Kimberley – the first dispensary in Canada to be granted a dispensary business licence by the municipality– spoke about how her personal journey as a caregiver and how immense success with cannabis medicine brought her into a new career.

And long-time cannabis advocate and owner of Herbivore branding and consulting, Theresa Taylor, talked about the importance of the terminology we use with regards to cannabis. Incorrect ideas are held and carried forward by way of language, and in order to shift out-dated, false, negatively held ideas around cannabis, we must start with the way we speak about it.

This event was sponsored by J/W Mari Mariceuticals Inc. and The Kootenay’s Medicine Tree.

Women Grow Kootenay Region Chapter is returning to Nelson to host a Spring Grow Show at the Hume Hotel on Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m., which will feature both presentations and information booths with enthusiasts and business owners with a vast knowledge and experience related to this sector of the industry.

Women Grow is thrilled to have local business owner and garden aficionado, David Robinson, as the headlining speaker for the evening.

David was born and raised in Surrey, and grew up enjoying the fruits of the local harvest. In his early twenties he began working full time in hydroponic retail. This was like hydroponic boot camp! After five years full time in such a demanding environment he thought he was a pro! David began to take a personal interest in helping his clients grow with whatever means they could.

He then dedicated the next 10 years towards producing a book, The Grower’s Handbook, that considered all potential variables into indoor cultivation. This includes the genetics, environment, growing systems, nutrient availability, and so on. If you want to grow indoors, someday, you will probably go into a hydroponic store to make purchases for your garden and he would be the guy that you would want to find on the other side of the counter.

Join us on April 8 for as we explore the diverse world of cannabis cultivation techniques in the Kootenay’s.

In addition to the Friday Women Grow signature networking event, Wild Woods Yoga & Wellness studio on Ward Street will be hosting Women Grow and local yoga teacher Megan Bond for a ‘Yoga with Terpene Aromatherapy’ dedicated to Women’s Health the following day, Saturday, April 9, at 12 p.m. Explore and empower your feminine divine while indulging into the aromas of terpenes with Megan and Kaleigh Herald from Women Grow. Drop-in and register before 12 at Wild Woods.

Do you have something you’d like to contribute to Women Grow? Then we want to hear from you! Women Grow is a platform for individuals with all sorts of backgrounds to bring their individual strengths and experiences and apply them to the cannabis industry.

Please note that you do not have to have had any previous cannabis experience to get involved – this is an emerging industry and, the truth is, many of us are new; opportunities are vast and there is a place for all of us to participate and contribute! Please reach us at [email protected].

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