See you in 2017! Enjoy this video recap by Dustin Tolman from the inaugural Cultivation Classic! Follow @cultivationclassic on Instagram for updates and announcements about next year's event.

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Willamette Week is proud to announce Cultivation Classic, Oregon's only competition exclusively for soil-grown cannabis free of mineral salt fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. By celebrating craft and community within the cannabis movement, Cultivation Classic, presented by WW with Farma and Cascadia Labs, supports and develops the leading edge of regenerative farming practices in Oregon. The event and awards take place April 30. Tickets on sale now.

"This competition welcomes growers who can demonstrate a commitment to organic production methods, moving toward a regenerative approach," said Jeremy Plumb, owner of Newcleus Nurseries and Farma dispensary in Portland. "This competition regards the quality of the process used, as well as the quality of the product."

Final evaluation of submitted flower will include: growing process, carbon footprint, watershed management and groundbreaking research efforts. Desired product will be soil-grown indoor or outdoor, without mineral salt fertilizer or hydroponic methods. Dry flower only. The full judging panel will be announced in March. Our generous lab partner for testing is Cascadia Labs.

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I AM A GROWER, HOW DO I APPLY? THE 2016 APPLICATION PERIOD IS CLOSED! COME BACK IN 2017!

Download the style guidelines and growers manual HERE for detailed information. Producers will compete for awards in the following categories:

FLOWER

+ Best Outdoor CBD

+ Best Outdoor THC

+ Best Outdoor 1:1

+ Best Greenhouse CBD

+ Best Greenhouse THC

+ Best Greenhouse 1:1

+ Best Indoor CBD

+ Best Indoor THC

+ Best Indoor 1:1

ENTRY DEADLINES

March 11, 2016 5:00 p.m. EXTENDED: MARCH 23

(Your digital application AND your flower delivery to Cascadia Labs MUST BOTH be completed by 3/23!)

Submissions cost $200 per flower sample, and a grower may submit up to five flowers in each category. Much more detail about submissions can be found in the style guidelines document above.

ALLOWED:

+ Soil-grown flower

+ Regenerative methods

+ Oregon producers

NOT ALLOWED:

+ Mineral salt fertilizer

+ Synthetics:

– Pesticides

– Herbicides

– Fungicides

+ Out-of-state producers

+ Edibles and concentrates

CELEBRATION + EVENT

Cultivation Classic celebrates and continues the regenerative agriculture conversation on April 30 at The North Warehouse in Portland. Presented by Willamette Week and Farma with Cascadia Labs, the event features acclaimed speakers and panelists, more than 30 vendors and interactive exhibits, food carts, and more! Tickets ($40) go on sale March 23. Cultivation Classic benefits nonprofit partners KBOO Radio and ResearchCannabis.org.

SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED (READ MORE OF THEIR STORIES HERE.)

KEYNOTE

Jonathan Page, Ph.D., CEO and president of Anandia Labs | Page, a professor at the University of British Columbia, is the first scientist to sequence the cannabis genome and make significant discoveries about THC biosynthesis. With a lifelong interest in medicinal plants and biochemistry, he started cannabis studies in 1999.

KEYNOTE

Robert Clarke, executive director of BioAgronomics Group | Clarke's travels have led him across Eurasia documenting traditional cannabis production and use. His popular titles include "The Botany and Ecology of Cannabis," "Marijuana Botany," "HASHISH!," and "Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany."

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Shane Young, chemical-free pest management specialist of Natural Enemies | As the owner of Natural Enemies, Young focuses on the use of beneficial insects and helping growers transition from chemical use to biological control, helping eliminate chemical use in crops.

INTEGRATED PEST AND FUNGAL MANAGEMENT

Kelly, Josh and Sky, Dragonfly Earth Medicine | Dragonfly Earth Medicine Pure is a standard that goes beyond the term "organic" and addresses the full spectrum of sustainable land and production. We look forward to delivering a message that inspires the community and opens there minds to new ideas.

SOIL GROWING PANEL

MODERATOR: Eric Brandstad, general manager of Forever Flowering | Brandstad is the leading greenhouse- and growing-efficiency expert in the legal cannabis industry. His goal is to help improve efficiency of light dep greenhouses and to educate growers and investors on how plants react in the greenhouse environment.

Eliza + Nick Mahmood, Green Source Gardens | Green Source Gardens is a flower-producing family farm whose top priority is responsible and regenerative agricultural practices. Nick and Eliza run an 80-acre eco-dynamic farm in the foothills of Southern Oregon.

Jesse Dodd, Biovortex | Dodd is the creator of Biovortex, a living conceptual art piece, utilizing the mediums of gardening, soil building, breeding, photography, writing, imagination, social media, conversions and presentations, with the goal of influencing the cannabis industry in the direction of a profitable and environmentally regenerative future.

Courtney Zehring, Tokie Farms | Zehring owns and operates Tokie Farms, a living soil cannabis farm in southern Oregon, and has worked in the field of sustainable agriculture and development for more than ten years. Environmental ethics, land stewardship, and cannabis are her passions.

Chris Jagger, Blue Fox Ag Services | Jagger has been growing vegetables organically for nearly 20 years. He began with a small 1 acre garden and now grows 40 acres of vegetables in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. Jaggers main goal is finding ecological solutions for the modern farmer that work in a financially viable manner.

Michael Owens, Canna Cruz Gardens inc. & Wildcrafted Seed co. | Based in the Santa Cruz mountains, Owens utilizes native California soil, flora & fauna in a regenerative 'Wildcrafted' practice. An organic cultivation approach that helps to build biodynamic soils, aids plants natural defense mechanisms and greatly increases the medicinal qualities of Cannabis with award winning results.

CLEAN GREEN CERTIFICATION

Chris Van Hook, Program Director of Clean Green Certification Program | Van Hook is a nationally recognized expert on agricultural regulations, organic farming and cannabis. The Clean Green Program has been featured on national Geographic as well as featured by the American Bar Association in the published book "Attorneys in Small Town America." Chris is now certifying both medical and recreational cannabis in California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Washington.

LIGHTING + PHOTOBIOLOGY

Nick Klase, CEO and Co-Founder, Fluence Bioengineering | Klase is a pioneer in the development and implementation of lighting and photobiology systems. His diverse background includes spearheading the world's largest indoor vertical farm, collaborating with hundreds of universities on various photobiology, geosciences and horticulture research projects, and applying that knowledge to develop the world's most powerful and efficient lighting systems for indoor and greenhouse horticulture. Prior to Fluence, Nick was the CEO/co-founder of BML Horticulture, vice president and founder of horticulture at Illumitex, and general manager of Acuity Brands, the largest lighting company in North America.

FLOWER COMPETITION JUDGES

Judges include growers, brewers, chefs, bakers, artists, athletes and more. Some of our judges are listed here. Some names not published for privacy.

Alex Ganum, Brewer

Andi Bixel, Drip Ice Cream

Andrew DeWeese, Attorney

Camille Messina

Carolyn White, Phylos Bioscience

Cindy Capparelli, Portland Bitters Project

Connie Wohn, First Lady of Hustle

Daniel McAllister

Duane Sorenson, Stumptown Coffee

Emma Chasen, Farma

Jennifer Hudyma

John Bayes, Green Bodhi

Joshua Stroud

Joshua Wind-Smith

Lauren Yoshiko Terry, Writer

Leah Maurer, Women Grow

Mark Zusman, Willamette Week

Martin Cizmar, Willamette Week

Megan Marchetti, Oregon's Finest

Meghan Walstatter, Pure Green

Mike Solomon

Missy La Guardia, Yamadori Harvest

Neil Bernstein, Roots Garden Supply

Parker Hall, Writer

Rachel Kurtz, Attorney

Raymond Bowser III, Homegrown Natural Wonders

Resinated Lens, Cannabis Photographer

Rena Lee

Richard G Crommelin,

Ryan Kingsella, Evergreen Cannabis LLC

Shane Yoakam, Suny Cheba

Simone A Fischer, Writer

Tim Ensign, Hop + Vine

Troy Moore, Ideal Farms

Tyler Hurst, potlander.com

Uncle Spliffy AKA Cliff Robinson, Portland Trailblazers

Will Hyde, Leafly

Wm. Willard Greene, Willamette Week

Wylie Atherton, The Oregonian + Farma

Zia McCabe, The Dandy Wharhols

EVENT PARTNERS INCLUDE (list as of 3/21/16)

Bud Rub

Canna Daddy

Cannassentials

Cascadia Labs

Certified Kind

Chalice Farms

Conscious Cultivators

Earth Lab Solutions

Eco Firma Farms

Green Cross/TLC

Green Sky Collective

Green Source Gardens

Humboldt Seed

IndaMix Records

Kings of Canna

Kleen Karma

Mary Jane's House of Glass

Natural Enemies

OG Analytical

Oregon Cannabis Association

Oregon Leaf

Oregon's Finest

PAX

Phantom Farms

Phylos Bioscience

Quill

Sons of Agronomy

Terra Canna

The Green Front

The North Warehouse

Triminator

Women Grow

Saturday, April 30

723 N Tillamook

Noon-6 pm

21+

Please email sbarnhart@wweek.com with inquires about sponsorship or other event involvement.

COMPETING GROWERS INCLUDE:

7 Points Oregon

Alter Farms

Alter farms

Applegate Valley Organics

Blaze On OreGanix

Campfire Cannabis

Cannabeizein

Cannassentials

Cascade High Organics

Champion Farms

Conscious Cultivators

Donger Farms

Essential Agronomy

Field of Vision, LLC

Forever Dank Farms LLC

Foundation Holistic

Gaia's Ganja Garden

Geek Farms

Grasp Organics

Green Goddess Gardens

Green Source Gardens

Hermetic Genetics

Hifi Farms

High Noon Cultivation

HighWaters Farm

Hill Fire

Liontree Farms LLC

Nelson and Company Organics

Newcleous Nursies

Oregon Cannabis Authority

Oregon Sun Farms

Oregon's Trichome Forest

Phantom Farms

Phoenix Rising Farm

Pure Green

sofresh

Sol-Sisters Cannabis Farms

SunGreen Gardens, LLC

Ten Four Farms

Terp Farmer

Tokie Farms

Wolfe Mountain Enterprises

Zohney Farms