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From the Editor: Celebrating Canadian growers

July 19, 2021  By Catarina Muia

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Hello all, my name is Catarina Muia and I’m thrilled to introduce myself as the new editor of Grow Opportunity magazine. I’m even more excited to become part of this growing community dedicated to the knowledge transfer of technology, innovation, discoveries, and success of the cannabis production industry and its related sectors.

With that, I am proud to present the July/August 2021 issue of Grow Opportunity magazine, which looks into the challenges experienced by cannabis farmers, gives tips and techniques to growing a successful crop, and sheds a light on new innovative solutions and technologies that are helping to drive the industry forward.

It is common for any plant to experience attacks from pests and diseases, and cannabis is no exception. In order to maintain a healthy crop, be sure to check out this issue’s feature article on pest and disease management, where Michael Brownbridge looks into the potential pests and diseases that are commonly found in cannabis crop. Brownbridge gives various solutions and suggestions on how to manage and counterattack, to ensure you have a full and healthy harvest.

Have you heard of vertical growing? In this issue’s cover story, Treena Hein looks into the farms that have been vertical growing since day one, and those that have adopted the vertical cultivation strategy. Be sure to check out the benefits of vertical growing, as well as the regulations and strategies to keep in mind when looking to move to vertical cultivation.


While vertical cultivation is done indoors, there are still plenty of farmers who will continue their growing outdoors, with the benefits of Mother Nature’s touch. 

In this issue’s Vantage Point column, Michael Budinsky takes us through the various considerations to keep in mind when growing outdoors, and the best practices to follow for a successful crop.  

It is certainly important for us to keep up with the challenges, new technologies, and solutions circulating our industry, but it is also important to recognize and celebrate the success of those who are working hard to drive the cannabis production industry forward.

Grow Opportunity is excited to receive submissions for our annual Canada’s Top Grower Award, which shines the spotlight on our most outstanding and innovative cannabis growers. Do you know a cannabis grower who:

  • Shows deep understanding and knowledge of quality cannabis cultivation?
  • Is committed to the highest standards of cannabis growing practices?
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic and has a strong passion for sustainable and responsible production?
  • Demonstrates exceptional leadership and innovation?

If so, be sure to recognize their success and celebrate their achievements, by nominating them for the 2021 Canada’s Top Grower Award. Submissions will be accepted until August 31, 2021. As Canada’s Top Grower, the winner will receive:

  • The front cover profile feature in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Grow Opportunity magazine;
  • and a guaranteed spot to participate as a featured panelist at Grower Day 2022, including an official award presentation.

Is there a topic you would like to learn more about, or would like to teach your community about? Send me an email at I would love to hear your feedback and get to know the members of our community. I’m looking forward to meeting and learning from each of you! 

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