Joe Dolton From New England Grass Roots Institute and How To Perfect Your Cannabis Growing Environment

Joe Dolton From New England Grass Roots Institute and How To Perfect Your Cannabis Growing Environment

It’s not every day a cannabis podcast can interview an “old school” grower. I was lucky to come across Joe Dolton from Massachusetts of the New England Grass Roots Institute. Joe talks about how important the environment is when growing your own. He goes into detail about ventilation, offers helpful tips and tricks for new growers and talks about how important organic growing is. As a side note, I’ve been lucky to interview a few “old school” growers and they all seem to gravitate towards organic grows.

Please enjoy this information-packed episode. We look forward to having Joe back on the show!

Show Highlights:

Joe’s Background

Lifelong entrepreneur. Owned and operated nine companies

Cannabis in the 1980s

  • Decided to “Grow His Own” when quality cannabis was difficult to come by in the 1980s
  • He’s grown cannabis in “hidden rooms
  • One of his first grows was in a she
  • In the 1980s everything was “underground
  • His friend from Colorado gave Joe all the basics to start learning
  • He still ran into problems like any new grower

Tips on How To Solve Indoor Environment Problems

  • Filter incoming air
  • Keep your environment ultra clean
  • Joe cleans his grow space every 90 days approx.
  • Air movement (oscillating fans). Oscillating fans positively affect the health and strength of the plant

Tricks and Tips About Growing

  • Understand growing cannabis is like getting a new pet
  • Have a grow buddy
  • Figure out what your budget is
  • Sourcing quality seeds and genetics
  • If your growing in an apartment or small room in a house, use a grow tent. 4×4 or 2×4 tents will do nicely, depending on your space.
  • Lighting is an important factor
  • For lighting on a cheap budget, Joe recommends CMH, it’s full-spectrum, you can use for veg and flower. (18hrs vegetative cycle – 12hrs flowering cycle)
  • Get yourself a quality timer

Indoor Ventilation (Closed Loop System)

  • Carbon filter with a fan (closed loop)
  • Bring in tanks with C02, regulators, and timers
  • What would happen is that it would inject C02 into the environment and measure the saturation level (PPM).

Ventilation Outside of Your Building

  • Out a window
  • Configure your ventilation in such a way to not let any contaminants back into your grow room

Local Business

  • Joe is a big proponent is doing business locally.

You can find Joe @CityGrown on Instagram and @New England Grass Roots Institute

A big thanks to Jay Fratt from The Conservative Hippie and Smoking Js for the intro and outro for my podcast.