VIRTUAL EVENT: Johanna Silver will discuss her book Growing Weed in the Garden: A No-Fuss Seed-to-Stash Guide to Outdoor Cannabis. Silver will be in conversation with Darryl Wong, Farm Site and Research Lands Manager at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).
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From peonies to pot—Johanna Silver, former Sunset garden editor, will share her journey into cannabis. Spoiler—she’s not a stoner. The presentation will include a brief history of the plant, one of (if not THE) oldest plants under human cultivation, including how regional climates impacted the plant’s evolution. She’ll paint a picture of the current state of genetics of the plant—unrivaled in anything else in horticulture, as it's not yet gone through modern breeding practices. Myths and misinformation when it comes to cultivation, coming from 100-ish years of prohibition, will be discussed and corrected. It should be noted that Johanna’s approach is outdoor-only and garden-scale. She grows for a love of the plant, not with a goal of maximizing yield. The techniques she most adheres to are those that are easiest, simplest, and most tried-and-true in the garden.
Johanna Silver is a James Beard Award-winning author who writes mostly about plants and people. Her two books, The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden (Timber Press, 2017) and Growing Weed in the Garden: A No-Fuss, Seed-to-Stash Guide to Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation (Abrams, 2020) are available everywhere books are sold. Johanna is a contributing editor at Better Homes & Gardens, and her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Eating Well. Previously, Johanna spent ten years at Sunset Magazine, beginning with a shovel in her hands and culminating as head of the garden department. She lives and gardens in Berkeley, CA, where she grows fruits, veggies, and entirely too many cut flowers.