Cultivation Classic began with a request from a Congressman. In 2015, after recreational cannabis was legalized in Oregon, Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Jeremy Plumb (Farma) were discussing how to highlight Oregon as the nation’s best place for clean, craft cannabis. Plumb called Willamette Week’s events department and Cultivation Classic was born.

Since its inaugural year, Cultivation Classic has become the state’s – and perhaps the nation’s – most data-centric contest for cannabis produced without any mineral salts or synthetics. The contest has received more than 600 entries in four years from more than 150 farms, and seeks to celebrate cannabis producing dependable results across multiple judges, terpene-rich and terpene-diverse chemovars, and the innovators of Oregon’s industry in sustainable agriculture.

Cultivation Classic brings hundreds of opinion leaders and innovators under the same roof to celebrate and dig into the latest cannabis science. The result? A growing movement of regenerative farmers and consumers that think about cannabis in the same way Oregonians do when it comes to craft beer, coffee, wine, spirits, food, leather, chocolate and more.

Cultivation Classic has become a global event, featuring speakers like Dr. Ethan Russo, Dr. Philippe Lucas (Tilray), Nitzan Solan (iCann, Israel), Pablo Melendez (Daya Foundation, Chile), Dr. Adie Rae, Jonathan Page, Rob Clarke, Jesse Dodd, Tim Blake, Dominic Corva, Kevin Jodrey, Amy Margolis, Tiara Darnell, and many others.

Cultivation Classic’s goal is to share scientifically sound cannabis information for the curious consumer and industry expert alike. Please join us at the fourth annual Cultivation Classic on May 17-18, 2019, in Portland, Oregon.

The Vision of Cultivation Classic

Our process and mission is to identify high-quality cannabis by conducting an objective evaluation of the entries, considering many variables and pieces of data.

Because we collect data, it is very important to have a public data policy. Our data policy needs to be flexible, in order to respond to the needs of our community. If you (or we) see something you don’t like, we need the flexibility to change it. We can’t exist – there is no point for us to exist – if our community isn’t happy with us. When our community tells us what they need, we respond to meet that need. We have made incremental improvements to our event over the years based on exactly this principle. There is plenty of room for us to conduct our business of identifying the best cannabis while simultaneously empowering growers and consumers, and doing no harm.

An accurate taxonomy of cannabis serves everyone. An evolving understanding of the plant is an important part of matching the right plants with the people who can benefit the most from their consumption. This evolution involves the scientific method, and we feel privileged to get to do this very exciting work.

Unlike other cups, we are not a pay-to-play marketing tool. We only allow “organic” producers. We are the first event ever to award farmers for their regenerative practices. We have worked tirelessly to help craft producers in our community be more effective in the face of massive commoditization pressure and market consolidation by sharing information widely. We have worked to improve regulations. We work passionately to support the evolving equity conversation, celebrating underrepresented communities, including women, POC, and LGBTQ. We have worked hard to preserve the altruism and solidarity that lives in our community, in the face of capitalism and the “green rush.” We have worked to build a foothold for the values of the craft producer in a state where surviving as a craft producer is nearly impossible. A state that has six years of product in the supply chain. A state that may eventually see retail shelf space controlled by a tiny handful of corporations. We see the challenges and are fighting for the best potential, regardless of the odds. Further, most of the team members who put on the event do so as a labor of love; there has been almost no compensation of any kind, beyond that paid to the program director.

We do this for the growers. We do this for the people who kept the flame alive, nurturing their genetics in their basements, in their garages, and on remote mountains and hidden valleys, through the dark years of prohibition. We do this for the people who have dedicated their lives not to the pursuit of profit over all else, but simply to engage with the plant and the Earth in an honorable and ethical manner.


CORE TEAM: Willamette Week • FarmaCascadia Labs  • Smart Cannabis(TM) • Resource Innovation InstituteThe Dub Wholesale • Hemp PressOpen Cannabis Project


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