Golden Tarp Awards | Redway California | Novemeber 18th | Tickets
The Golden Tarp cannabis grower awards returns to California on November 18th and this years event will be available via Live Stream! This exclusive event focuses on “Light Dep” which is short for “light deprivation,” which is a method of growing cannabis where you limit the plant’s exposure to sunlight, thereby controlling when the plant begins to flower. Growing with light deprivation lets you harness the benefits of both indoor AND outdoor growing, making it an ideal method for cultivating cannabis. Light dep gives a farmer complete control over harvest, allowing them to bring their flowers to market in a time of year that they are worth more and will sell more quickly. Light dep also drastically reduces, or completely eliminates, the need for high-powered grow lights, allowing farmers to keep more of the profits, reduce their carbon footprint and cut out the “silent partner” known as the local utility company or diesel supplier.
To access the live-streaming broadcast, please tune into The Golden Tarp starting at 11:00 a.m. Giveaways will take place on the hour every hour for those tuning in online.
Light dep practices began to flourish in the Emerald Triangle’s craft cannabis community in the early 2010s, particularly in Humboldt. This technique produced exceptional quality cannabis with high cannabinoid and terpene levels within a shorter time frame. Even though light dep farmers were producing stellar flowers, many weren’t being recognized for the high levels of craft they were achieving. Kevin Jodrey and William “Oos” Pedro of Wonderland Nursery wanted to change that. .
The Golden Tarp Award is designed to recognize the farmers who show exceptional skill and craftsmanship in light dep, at an event that is right here in the heart of Humboldt County. Since the inaugural event in 2014, we have invited sponsors and vendors who we know and trust to participate every year, and we continue to welcome qualified speakers to tackle timely topics and the pressing questions in our community.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the 4th Annual Golden Tarp Awards which will bring together an eclectic group of discerning critics, cultivators and consumers,” said Kevin Jodrey, Cultivation Director of Wonderland Nursery, and co-founder of The Ganjier. “Through this experience, we will continue to spotlight the many benefits of light dep flower, while cultivating and growing our cannabis community.”
This year’s Golden Tarp Awards judging panel will feature an engaging assortment of experts, celebrities, and special guests including Tommy Cappel, co-founder/percussionist from Beats Antique, Pete Williams 2016 UFC Hall of Famer, Sari Gabbay, founder of Cannabliss Retreats and Redefining Cannabis, and Ophelia Chong, founder of StockPot Images, to name a few. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a spot on the judging panel upon arrival to the event.
The event will also feature speakers, knowledge sessions and classes from The Humboldt Cannabis College, who will be providing instruction in the art of juicing cannabis, Korean Natural Farming techniques and more.Knowledge Sessions will include the following diverse range of topics, and will be concluded by Fiona Ma, Chairwoman of California State Board of Equalization followed by an expert panel discussion on local regulation.
Brain Injury and Cannabis – A World Class Athlete Perspective
Craft Cannabis Markets: From the Front Lines
Getting out in Front of Testing
The Endgame is Local — A Regulation Discussion
This year, the speaker panel will be moderated by Dr. Dominic Corva of CASP, Center for Study of Cannabis and Social Policy. Dr. Corva is a Political Geographer and Public Policy scholar. Speakers include Jackie McGowan, Cannabis Lobbyist and Local Licensing Consultant, Dale Gieringer, Director of California NORML,Samantha Miller, Chief Scientist and Founder of Pure Analytics, Samuel Deyton, Co-Founder, Soilscape Solutions and Certified Master Soil Consultant, and many more.
The Judge Experience
It’s not just an elite group of industry insiders that decides who wins the Golden Tarp Award. Community members who come out to the event have a chance to be randomly selected as a judge right when they walk in the door on Nov. 18, 2017.
These newly minted judges will be whisked away to an off-site Judge’s Hall. They will join our panel of selected judges to sample and score the Top 16 entries in 4 flavor categories – Floral, Fuel, Earth, Fruity. All the entries that reach a judge’s lips have tested clean. Read more about our high testing standards. Each judge will make their own personal choice for which entry is best in show.
The Judge’s Hall will be streamed LIVE with guest hosts, interviews, insights, and a first behind-the-scenes look at how flowers are analyzed at a craft cannabis competition. There’s a high bar to qualify and a bronze-cast, hand-crafted trophy (plus other prizes) for the farmer who takes home the top spot.
Education Stage & Vendor Lounge
The Main Stage of The Mateel will feature education all-day that will also be streamed LIVE — panels of farmers, scientists, and other experts coming together to dive into the questions you need answered. Schedule coming soon!
Come to the event in person on Nov. 18, 2017 to see our friendly host of cannabis brands in the Vendor Lounge. You won’t see the typical event booths in here. You’ll have a chance to join the suppliers and farmers in their own hosted lounge areas, so you can have a real conversation. Another benefit to coming the day of the event? A chance to ask the expert speakers your own questions during the Q&A sections (and, of course, a chance to become a judge!).