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The Future of Growth

The Future of Growth

By Agrify
Connect with cannabis and agricultural industry thought leaders, changemakers, and disruptors who are exploring all things related to cannabis, agtech, controlled environment agriculture, vertical farming, cultivation science, industry trends, and more.


Informed by science, driven by data. Welcome to The Future of Growth, hosted by David Kessler.
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Raising the Standard of Cannabis Safety with Milan Patel of PathogenDx
Milan Patel leads the strategic vision, financial health and global growth of PathogenDx, a Scottsdale, AZ based company which provides disruptive DNA-based pathogen testing technology and solutions for the botanical, food and agricultural industries. Since 2017, PathogenDx has delivered game-changing technological innovation in cannabis testing, delivering results in 6 hours or less with no need for enrichment. PathogenDx offers customizable detection of over 50 pathogens including listeria, powdery mildew, aspergillus, gray mold, and E.coli. PathogenDx | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram Agrify | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
57:47
December 14, 2021
Improving Cultivation Through Innovation, with Greg Baughman and Tracee McAfee of Cryo Cure
GREG BAUGHMAN President, Head of Cultivation & Extraction Artist A caregiver, cultivator, and innovator, Greg made the leap into the fast-growing, ever-evolving cannabis industry in 2014, relocating from Ohio to Michigan to become a medical cannabis caregiver and cultivator. Since changing careers from music production – he previously spent 10 years as the CEO of Trump Tight Entertainment – he has cared for dozens of patients, aiding those with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and opiate use disorder. Working closely with testing laboratories in Michigan, Greg has identified the unique profiles of his own cannabis strains, allowing him to apply each strain attribute to his patient’s conditions accordingly. As the head of cultivation and extraction of Cryo Cure, Greg applies his thorough and intricate strain knowledge to developing Cryo Cure’s patent-pending process. TRACEE MCAFEE CEO A visionary known for her “wow” factor and steely determination, Tracee artfully blends impressive industry experience and moxie with a passion for cannabis medicine. Tracee brings a lively flair to all undertakings, sharing her intuition, awareness, and experience in a style all her own. By envisioning, developing and executing products across new market sectors, Tracee’s diverse business background offers her a unique perspective to build and thrive in the cannabis industry. Prior to founding Cryo Cure, Tracee spent 30 years in the consumer products sector, discovering, manufacturing, and selling innovative products to a global audience. Throughout her successful career, she has built multi-million-dollar brands brought to market through channels such as QVC, HSN, Goodyear, Famous Amos, Warner Brothers, Phillip Morris, RJ Reynolds, and Lorillard. www.cryocure.com | Cryo Cure on IG www.agrify.com
01:01:03
October 26, 2021
Cracking the Cannabis Genetic Code with Dr. Eleanor Kuntz: Part 2
Dr. Eleanor Kuntz is an entrepreneur bridging the gap between traditional herbalism and modern science. She co-founded and serves as the CEO of LeafWorks Inc., a botanical verification company using genetics to improve label fidelity and supply chain transparency for the global botanical supply chain, including cannabis and hemp. After earning her PhD, she spent her post-graduate career devoted to honoring plant culture, using plant genetics to design and implement best agricultural practices for natural product companies and becoming a trained herbalist under the mentorship of Rosemary Gladstar. Additionally, Eleanor serves as the co-founder of Canndor Herbarium, the world’s first cannabis herbarium. This institution functions as a repository for breeders and farmers to document and define their plants, a critically important step as this economically important crop comes out of prohibition. LeafWorks on Instagram www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
40:58
October 12, 2021
Cracking the Cannabis Genetic Code with Dr. Eleanor Kuntz: Part 1
Dr. Eleanor Kuntz is an entrepreneur bridging the gap between traditional herbalism and modern science. She co-founded and serves as the CEO of LeafWorks Inc., a botanical verification company using genetics to improve label fidelity and supply chain transparency for the global botanical supply chain, including cannabis and hemp. After earning her PhD, she spent her post-graduate career devoted to honoring plant culture, using plant genetics to design and implement best agricultural practices for natural product companies and becoming a trained herbalist under the mentorship of Rosemary Gladstar. Additionally, Eleanor serves as the co-founder of Canndor Herbarium, the world’s first cannabis herbarium. This institution functions as a repository for breeders and farmers to document and define their plants, a critically important step as this economically important crop comes out of prohibition. LeafWorks on Instagram www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
43:40
September 28, 2021
Truth, Data, Facts: No Hype PR with Rosie Mattio of Mattio Communications
Rosie Mattio is a strategic powerhouse, industry connector and influencer running the #1 ranked cannabis PR firm by Greenmarket Report: Mattio Communications. Based in New York City, her firm serves over 50 marquee cannabis clients, including Headset, Green Thumb Industries, Papa & Barkley, LeafLink, Greenlane and Curaleaf. Rosie has helped usher in the New Cannabis Age. She garners global media coverage in mainstream publications for clients, including the first cannabis article ever published in Oprah Magazine. Over the past year, her firm has grown alongside the industry, adding several marketing and communications services for clients, including IR, social media marketing, SEO, event planning and influencer marketing. Rosie Mattio has been recognized with several career achievements: Marijuana Venture 40 under 40; High Times Female 50; Forbes 15 Powerful and Innovative Women in Cannabis. MATTIO on IG www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
53:57
September 14, 2021
The Cannabis Cultural Shift with Nick Tennant (Part Two)
Nick Tennant – Founder, CTO - Chief Technical Officer: Precision Extraction Solutions Nick Tennant is the Founder and CTO of Precision Extraction Solutions, the global leader in cannabis extraction equipment, technology, site planning, compliance, and training. Tennant is a cannabis entrepreneur with over 12 years experience developing and operating companies in the cannabis industry. Tennant’s work in the industry has been featured on CNN, CNBC, TIME, NY Times, and hundreds of other publications. Tennant currently contributes to 5 industry trade journals and has been awarded multiple awards for his work in the industry. His expertise is in cannabis and hemp extraction, code regulation, lab design, extract product and process development, and extraction equipment engineering. @precisionextraction | www.precisionextraction.com www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
43:12
August 31, 2021
The Cannabis Cultural Shift with Nick Tennant (Part One)
Nick Tennant – Founder, CTO - Chief Technical Officer Nick Tennant is the Founder and CTO of Precision Extraction Solutions, the global leader in cannabis extraction equipment, technology, site planning, compliance, and training. Tennant is a cannabis entrepreneur with over 12 years experience developing and operating companies in the cannabis industry. Tennant’s work in the industry has been featured on CNN, CNBC, TIME, NY Times, and hundreds of other publications. Tennant currently contributes to 5 industry trade journals and has been awarded multiple awards for his work in the industry. His expertise is in cannabis and hemp extraction, code regulation, lab design, extract product and process development, and extraction equipment engineering. @precisionextraction | www.precisionextraction.com www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
43:12
August 17, 2021
Did Cannabis Shape Ancient Societies? A Conversation with Cannabis Historian, Chris Bennett
Chris Bennett has been researching the historical role of cannabis in the spiritual life of humanity for more than a quarter of a century. He is co-author of Green Gold the Tree of Life: Marijuana in Magic and Religion (1995); Sex, Drugs, Violence and the Bible (2001); and author of Cannabis and the Soma Solution (2010); and Liber 420: Cannabis, Magickal Herbs and the Occult (2018). He has also contributed chapters on the historical role of cannabis in spiritual practices in books such as The Pot Book (2010), Entheogens and the Development of Culture (2013), Seeking the Sacred with Psychoactive Substances (2014), One Toke Closer to God (2017), Cannabis and Spirituality (2016) and Psychedelics Reimagined (1999). Bennett’s research has received international attention from the BBC, Guardian, Sunday Times, Washington Post, VICE and other media sources. He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Chris Bennett on IG www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
01:08:17
August 03, 2021
The Science of Cannabis with Dr. Ethan Russo
Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and author. He is the Founder and CEO of credo-science.com. Previously, he was Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) based in Prague, Czech Republic. Medical Director of PHYTECS (2015-2017), a biotechnology company researching and developing innovative approaches targeting the human endocannabinoid system, and from 2003-2014, he served as Senior Medical Advisor, medical monitor and study physician to GW Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom for numerous Phase I-III clinical trials of Sativex® for alleviation of cancer pain unresponsive to optimized opioid treatment and initial studies of Epidiolex® for intractable epilepsy. www.ethanrusso.org www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
52:28
July 20, 2021
Exploring Social Equity and Cannabis with Devin Alexander of Rolling Releaf
A lifelong Massachusetts resident, Devin Alexander started out working as a Pharmacy Technician at his local CVS Pharmacy before making the full transition into the Cannabis Industry. Devin is a graduate of the first cohort of the Massachusetts Social Equity Program as well as the Vice President of The Massachusetts Cannabis Association for Delivery. Devin is also the co-founder and CEO of Rolling Releaf, a Marijuana Delivery Operator currently going through the licensing process. This episode was recorded in March of 2021. Follow Rolling Releaf and Devin Alexander for the latest updates on licensing! @rolling_releaf | Devin Alexander on LinkedIn LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube www.agrify.com
47:24
July 06, 2021
Cannabis as Produce: Cooking, Healing and Wellness with Robyn Lawrence
On today’s episode of The Future of Growth podcast, Agrify CSO David Kessler sits down with Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook and Pot In Pans author Robyn Lawrence to chat about cannabis cooking becoming more palatable for the average consumer and how consistency contributes to trust among chefs and patrons alike. Robyn Lawrence is a natural health and lifestyle expert who teaches people to safely prepare and consume sustainably grown cannabis edibles for health and wellbeing through books, media, workshops, and catered events. Robyn wrote the bestselling Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook and the Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy series title Pot in Pans: A History of Eating Cannabis. Robyn has also taught a popular cannabis cooking course for Green Flower Media. Robyn helped introduce America to sustainable, healthy lifestyles as editor-in-chief of Natural Home magazine for 11 years and was one of the first Westerners to write about the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection with her books The Wabi-Sabi House and Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House. She's been featured in major media including the New York Times, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Time, USA Today, Fast Company, The Guardian, CNN, and others. @cannabis_kitchen | www.robyngriggslawrence.com @agrifycorp | www.agrify.com
48:37
June 22, 2021
Craft Cannabis, Cultivar Preservation and Eco-Responsibility with Chris Kilham
Chris Kilham is a Medicine Hunter, author and educator. He has conducted medicinal plant research in over 45 countries, working with companies to develop and popularize traditional plant-based food and medicinal products into market successes. As a TV correspondent and guest, he speaks about medicine hunting, traditional botanical medicines, nutraceuticals, psychoactive plants, environmental and cultural preservation and other related topics for a broad and diverse variety of audiences. Tune into our latest episode of The Future of Growth to better understand cultivar preservation and eco-responsibility from the Medicine Hunter's perspective. www.medicinehunter.com | @medicinehunter www.agrify.com | @agrifycorp
59:09
June 07, 2021
The Indelible Mark of Cultivars: A Discussion with Jimi Devine
On this episode, Chief Science Officer David Kessler speaks with Jimi Devine, Cannabis Critic at LA Weekly, who has made a living following and highlighting the current landscape of cultivars. A cannabis reform advocate since 2005, Devine is a prolific writer, columnist, and advocate for equity in the cannabis industry. Jimi is one of the main journalists in the world covering the top shelf flower market. You can find his writings on cannabis products and policy in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Hill, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cannabis Now, Marijuana.com, High Times, Irvine Weekly, Weedmaps News, 7×7 Magazine, The East Bay Express, Leafly, Civilized, Thrillist and Ed Rosenthal’s book This Bud’s for You. Find Jimi on Twitter and Instagram. www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
54:03
May 18, 2021
Trust, Transparency + Confident Cannabis with Steve Albarran
Steve Albarran is the CEO and Co-Founder of Confident Cannabis, an online B2B platform powered by the largest real-time database of legal cannabis in the world. Confident Cannabis serves thousands of cannabis producers, retailers and laboratories across North America. Agrify's software, Agrify Insights, is now integrated with Confident Cannabis. Confident Cannabis | @confidentcanna www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
56:15
April 19, 2021
Cultivation Innovations: Growing for the Future with Dr. Jon Vaught of Front Range Biosciences
Dr. Vaught co-founded Front Range Biosciences with a deep belief in the importance of sustainable agriculture to improve human health and nutrition. An innovative problem solver with 15 years of experience developing and commercializing technologies for human diagnostics, food safety and agriculture, Dr. Vaught brings a diverse background with a strong scientific and practical business acumen. As CEO Dr. Vaught has built a team committed to bringing the best of modern agriculture to high-value crops to improve reliability, efficiency and safety for farmers and consumers.  Tune in to learn more about how cultivation innovations are paving the way for a brighter, more successful future in cannabis and beyond. Front Range Biosciences | @frontrangebio www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
01:00:57
April 19, 2021
Data in the Driver's Seat with Liz Connor of Headset
Liz Connors, Director of Analytics at Headset, joins David Kessler of this episode. David & Liz discuss how using data in the cannabis industry can put you ahead of the game. Learn how Agrify and Headset are implementing data and analytics into their customers’ operations, and how you can start doing the same with your cannabis business. Headset | @headset_io www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
01:00:44
April 19, 2021
Terpenes: Enhancing Branding through Flavor and Scent
Join us as David Kessler talks with Brianna Gaffin, founder of Western Cultured.  Bri will be discussing terpenes and how they play a significant role for consumers and brands alike. She holds a lot of knowledge on terpenes, and is the creator of Western Cultured's flavor wheel. Western Cultured | @western_cultured www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
57:21
April 19, 2021
How Technology is Building Brands with Socrates Rosenfeld of I Heart Jane
Socrates Rosenfeld, CEO of Jane Technologies, Inc. joins us on this episode.  Through data-driven approaches and analytics, cannabis brands are leveling up. Tune in for a discussion on the intersection of technology and branding, and how implementing the benefits of technology can help build your cannabis brand.  If you want to learn more about the technologies provided by I Heart Jane and Agrify, this episode is for you. I Heart Jane | @janecommunity www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
01:02:56
April 19, 2021
Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System with Tammi Sweet
In this episode, David Kessler is joined by herbalist and author Tammi Sweet. Tammi Sweet is co-director of Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials, a traveling Anatomy and Physiology teacher, and the author of "The Wholistic Healing Guide to Cannabis: Understanding the Endocannabinoid System, Addressing Specific Ailments and Conditions, and Making Cannabis-Based Medicine". Her learning of the body has come through many paths including traditional Master’s level college studies in Neurobiology, collegiate athletics, college level Anatomy teaching, Massage School, Yoga Teacher Training, Herbal studies, and most importantly, an ever-growing love of understanding who we are in relation with this wonderful home we call earth.  Join us for a lively discussion on the importance of understanding cannabinoids and our endocannabinoid system – there’s something for everyone in this episode! Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials | @_tammisweet www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
01:01:48
April 19, 2021
Making Hash with The Dank Duchess
The Dank Duchess joins us on this episode. The Dank Duchess is a Hashish Educator, writer, and Cannabis cultivator who was trained by Hash Master Frenchy Cannoli. Duchess has dedicated the last six years of her life educating hundreds of thousands of people via print, film, and social media about high quality hashish. Duchess and David will be discussing cannabis strains, trichomes, and hash-making techniques. They’ll also be diving into why it’s so important to credit cannabis cultivators and how the decisions cultivators make impact the end product. www.thedankduchess.com | @thedankduchess www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
01:01:11
April 19, 2021
Cannabis + Hemp | Talking Topicals & Formulations with Laura Beohner of The Healing Rose
David Kessler is joined by Laura Beohner, President & Co-Founder of The Healing Rose -- an award winning CBD company based out of Massachusetts. David and Laura discuss potency, testing, ingredients, transparency, consumer experience, and more. If you want to learn more about what it’s like to be a small business in a booming industry, what to look out for as a consumer, and what to consider when formulating products, this episode is for you! www.thehealingroseco.com | @thehealingroseco_ www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
48:51
April 19, 2021
Demystifying Humidity
David Kessler is joined by John DeRoo for a discussion on humidity. Learn the basics of humidity, how it impacts your grow environment, and how controlled environment technology is leveling up precision growing. www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
01:02:43
April 19, 2021
Signature Strains: Making the Most of Your Unique Genetics with Miles Durham + Trek Manzoni
David Kessler is joined by Miles Durham of Greenstone and Trek Manzoni of DOPE Magazine for a discussion on cannabis genetics, brand building, and how to maximize your brand’s presence with unique strains. Find Miles on Instagram www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
58:35
April 19, 2021
Cannabis Genetics with Miles Durham
In this episode, David Kessler discusses cannabis genetics, pheno-hunting and genetic selection with Miles Durham. Miles is a grower and genetic expert who is currently working with Greenstone out of Colorado. Find Miles on Instagram. www.agrify.com LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
01:02:14
April 19, 2021