Black Swallow Living Soils

Cannabis Cultivation and Science Podcast

Tad Hussey runs Keep It Simple, Inc, a small family business, which was founded by his parents. After studying in both Washington and Australia, Tad returned to the States and took over the research, microscope testing and consulting of the family company. Under his direction, the company has grown into a multi-faceted organization composed of a nursery, production greenhouse, and an organic hydro shop offering unique biological, organic and mineral amendments

Tad is central to the canna community in the Western US, and wanted to create a series of podcasts which highlight some of the leading experts and authors in the field of plant nutrition and soil health. In these podcasts which he posts to his site, he converses with many of these individuals, the results of which provides hours of fascinating insight into areas of plant growth and cannabis production that are very difficult to find elsewhere.

Tad has graciously allowed Black Swallow to repost these podcasts on our own website for our customer’s benefit. For this generosity, we are deeply grateful! You will find a great series of blogs that Tad has also written on his own website-

Episode 76 Cultivation Startups and Beanstalk Agriculture with Nelson Lindsley

Episode 75 Formulating Soils and New Products with Rob Knechtel of Black Swallow Living Soils

Episode 74 Targeted Nutrition Using Chemical Nutrients in Cannabis with Dr. Cari Peters

Episode 73 Quality vs. Quantity: Common misconceptions about grow lighting with Bruce Bugbee

Episode 72 Heavy Metals, Cover Crops, and Water pH with The Soil Doctor, Bryant Mason

Episode 71 Discovering the "why" in how plants grow with Don Marshall

Episode 70 Insect Frass and Mealworm Production with Virginia Emery

Episode 69 How A Facility Increased Yields By Over 50% In 2 Years Using Science

Episode 68 Smart Questions to Ask Before Buying & Applying Products with Suzanne Wainwright-Evans

Episode 67 Bonus Episode: Flint Unity Farming Project

Episode 66 Trichoderma, Powdery Mildew, & Botrytis with Dr. Chris Hayes

Episode 65 Strategic Planning & Design for Indoor Cannabis with Brian Anderson

Episode 64 Practical Pest Prevention Tips to Maximize Your IPM Part 2 with Kelly Vance

Episode 63 Integrated Pest Management Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Growers with Kelly Vance

Episode 62 Entomologist JP Michaud shares why you should never buy ladybugs for your garden

Episode 61 Agronomist and Author Bill McKibben talks about how the Logan Labs soil test works on potting soils and takes us step by step through some test results

Episode 60 In this podcast I interview some exciting guests and speakers of the upcoming Biocontrols USA conference

Episode 59 There's been little to no research on what nutrient deficiencies look like when analyzing leaf tissue. Paul Cockson shares his recently published paper on the subject

Episode 58 Dr. Adie Rae is an NIH-funded neuroscientist who has been studying cannabis, opioids, and their interaction for her entire career

Episode 57 Dr. Deron Caplan shares some of his university research working on cannabis production and propagation

Episode 56 Andrew Black with Certified Kind explains some of the challenges and intricacies around certification in the cannabis industry

Episode 55 Dr Bronner's CEO, David Bronner, talks about the Sun+Earth Certification and Brother David's non profit company

Episode 54 Tad sits down this week with John Z and cover a wide variety of listener questions from Patreon and Instagram

Episode 53 Colin Bell, co-founder of Mammoth Microbes, talks about the functional roles of microbes in relation to soil and plant health

Episode 52 Justin Magill, Head Grower for Legit Farms, shares his experiences growing in living soil in beds over the past decade

Episode 51 Research in cannabis production with Dr. Ben Higgins.

Episode 50 Jeff Lowenfels is back! We talk on a variety of subjects including his new book on auto flowers

Episode 49 Controlled Environment Agriculture and HVAC with Dr. Greenhouse

Episode 48 Determining if LEDs are right for you and your grow with Dr. Rebecca Knight of BIOS Lighting

Episode 47 Plant breeding and genetic testing with Dr. Reggie Gaudino part II

Episode 46 Plant breeding and the power of genetic testing with Dr. Reggie Gaudino

Episode 45 Michael Bowman shares what the 2018 Farm Bill means for Hemp Cultivation in 2019

Episode 44 Dr. Allison Justice shares some of her latest research relating to lollipopping, curing, and much more

Episode 43 Latest Research in Cannabis Cultivation with Dr. Allison Justice

Episode 42 Fertilizer and Pesticides in Cannabis with the Oregon Department of Agriculture

Episode 41 Q and A with Jeremy Plumb of Pruf Cultivar

Episode 40 Jeremy Plumb, Director of Production Science at Pruf Cultivar

Episode 39 Branding and Marketing with Shango Los Part 2

Episode 38 Branding and Marketing with Shango Los Part 1

Episode 37 A Deeper Dive into Mycorrhizal Fungi with Jim Eagan

Episode 36 Plant Probiotics with Sarah Pellkofer

Episode 35 Mineral Balancing and Soil Test Analysis with Aaron Crozier

Episode 34 Are Bottled Nutrients a Thing of the Past? Nelson Lindsley Shares His Opinion and Announces a New Collaboration!

Episode 33 The Bug Lady is Back to Discuss Scouting and Cannabis Pests

Episode 32 Korean Natural Farming with Chris Trump

Episode 31 Learn from World Record Holder Ron Wallace about Giant Pumpkins and Yield

Episode 30 Powdery Mildew, Botrytis, and VPD with Travis Higginbotham

Episode 29 The Right Tool for the Job with Kurt Becker

Episode 28 How Fish Products Are Made And What The Differences Are with Casey Schoenberger

Episode 27 The Role of Lighting in Plant Growth with Fluence Bioengineering

Episode 26 The Hidden Half of Nature with Anne Biklé

Episode 25 Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life with Geologist David Montgomery

Episode 24 Running a Commercial Cannabis Facility with Nate Gibbs of Gold Leaf Gardens

Episode 23 Blumat Irrigation with Damian Koch Part 2

Episode 22 Blumat Irrigation with Steve Troy

Episode 21 Chris Jagger of Blue Fox Farms

Episode 20 LEAN Farming with Ben Hartman

Episode 19 Entomologist Suzanne Wainwright Evans aka 'The Bug Lady' is back!

Episode 18 A Deeper Look at Containers with William Evans

Episode 17 Understanding Soil Testing with Agronomist Kris Borgman

Episode 16 Permaculture and Cannabis with Jessi Bloom

Episode 15 Entomologist Suzanne Wainwright Evans aka

Episode 14 All About Biochar with Renel Anderson

Episode 13 The Future of Cannabis Cultivation with Jaya Palmer

Episode 12 Biological Horticulture Consultant Jaya Palmer

Episode 11 Dr. Faust of BioAg on Humic and Fulvic Acids

Episode 10 Practical Advice for Increasing Yield with Nelson Lindsley

Episode 9 Lighting Technology and the Poetry of Plants with Nelson Lindsley

Episode 8 Clackamas Coot weighs in on

Episode 7 Clackamas Coot talks about worm bins, peat moss, and building soil

Episode 6 Steve Solomon covers Soil Remineralization and Nutrient Density

Episode 5 Compost tea and microscope guru Tim Wilson talks living soil, vermicomposting, and soil exudates

Episode 4 David Perron discusses Living Soil, Insect Frass, and Commercial Production

Episode 3 Clackamas Coot talks Worm Castings, Malted Barley, Peat Moss, and Coot's Soil Mix

Episode 2 Jeff Lowenfels explains Mycorrhizal Fungi, Compost Teas, and the Soil Food Web

Episode 1 Introduction with Tad Hussey