Creating a Thriving Rhizosphere

February 1, 2019 | 1:30 pm | Room 1 | Cultivation

This panel will explore how soil cultivators can increase yield, terpene profile and overall plant health by encouraging living soil microbe and fungal communities in their growing practices.


Dr. Jade Stefano; Co-Founder and CEO, Puffin Farm

Dr. Jade Stefano is Co-Founder and CEO at Puffin Farm, a WA State sungrown and Clean Green Certified cannabis producer and processor licensed since 2014. Puffin farm cultivates 30,000 Ft2 of cannabis per year in natural living soil using only organic amendments. Puffin has been restoring the soil on their farm over the last 5 years, regenerating it from a low organic matter hay field into rich living soil productive cannabis farm. Jade is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Sungrowers Industry Association, a non-profit that advocates and lobbies for sungrown cannabis farmer’s interests in WA state. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Reed College and is a WA state licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. At Puffin Farm, Jade oversees operations, product development and co-manages crop production with her husband Benjamin Short. She has been a cultivator for over 20 years. Puffin Farm creates award winning Clean Green Certified sungrown flower and concentrates.


Shango Los

Shango Los is a lifelong cannabis enthusiast, patient advocate and business strategist. He is founder of Shaping Fire and is host of the popular Shaping Fire podcast.
Shango’s YouTube channel of exclusive cannabis presentations and technique videos serves over a half-million minutes a month.


Tad Hussey

Tad Hussey is the owner of Keep It Simple, Inc. which does business as KIS Organics ( and KIS Farm ( He received his BA from the University of Washington in 2000 and his Masters from Macquarie University in Australia in 2005.  His company’s mission is to help growers in working towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly ways of growing cannabis using science-based horticulture. Tad also hosts the “Cannabis Cultivation and Science” Podcast where he interviews scientists, authors and farmers to help bridge the gap between agriculture, horticulture, and the cannabis industry.


Colin Bell, PhD

Co-founder, co-inventor and Chief Growth Officer at Mammoth Microbes. Colin completed his Ph.D. in Soil Microbial Ecology in 2009. As a Research Scientist at Colorado State University, Colin published dozens of peer reviewed publications that were focused on elucidating microbial mediated processes that enhance plant growth. Colin left his academic position at Colorado State University in March 2015 to launch Mammoth Microbes, a company that develops microbial soil additives to sustainably increase plant yields. Their first product, MAMMOTH P® is a beneficial bacterial bloom stimulant that targets phosphorus cycling to maximize both quality and yield in cannabis plants. Thousands of producers across the globe are currently using reporting overwhelmingly positive results. MAMMOTH P® is now being sold in > 1200 stores worldwide.