Black Swallow Living Soils

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

In this podcast, Tad interviews Dr. Ben Higgins, Chief Research Scientist at Goldleaf Gardens. Ben earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz where he studied functional ecology, organismal morphometrics, and physiology. Ben works alongside their experienced staff to refine, research, and develop new methods in organic cannabis cultivation. He lives in Olympia, WA with his wife and two daughters, and loves to explore the natural beauty of the area with them as often as possible.

They discuss how to interpret research, create useful data in your facility, and a new white paper on pots vs living soil beds. They also touch on some preliminary results on trials relating to Blumats, Mammoth P, and BIOS lighting.

Ben and Tad were also proud to announce a new consulting group called Kaizen Consulting that is comprised of himself, Ben, Nate Gibbs (owner of Goldleaf Gardens), Allison Justice of Outco, and Chris Jagger of Blue Fox Ag. All of these folks have been on past podcast so you can hear more about them on there. If you are interested in consulting please go to

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