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            Welcome to Sound Horticulture

            Ecological solutions for managing greenhouse environments, farms and specialty crop systems. Specializing in the freshest sources of high quality beneficial insects, compost tea machines, and supportive biological tools of the trade. Innovative designs that “close the loop” and work for you. Contact us today!

            From the blog

            • April 21, 2017 Russet & Broad Mite Workshop

              We are excited to be part of the first of many educational workshops presented by the Washington Sungrowers Industry Association, bringing valuable information directly to Washington’s producers and processors through workshops led by industry experts.

              This first workshop is Russets, Broads and Bioscience: The Biology of the Battle, sponsored by Sound Horticulture and Phylos Bioscience. The workshop will focus on strategies for correctly identifying and controlling Russet and Broad Mites and how genetic testing can help be more efficient and identify pest resistance. Russet mites pose the biggest threat to crops and not much is known about how to control this invader. Come and learn from the professionals on the front lines. Get an update from Jeremy Moberg on LCB rulemaking and the new traceability system coming.

              Event: Russets, Broads and Bioscience: The Biology of the Battle

              Date: May 2nd, 2017

              Time: 5:00 to 8:00pm

              Location: 12 Tribes Casino

              Cost: $40 donation to WSIA, Free to members. Food and a no host bar. (Space is limited. Please RSVP on the WSIA facebook page or contact us at Sound Horticulture to secure your spot.)

              Accommodations: Take advantage of the WSIA rates at the hotel by telling the front desk you are attending when booking. Standard king bed rooms are available at 60$ for this event, regularly $109. And no tax.


              Russet Mites: Strategies for Prevention and Control
              Presented by Alison Kutz of Sound Horticulture

              Alison Kutz comes to us with 35 years of experience with biocontrols in nursery and organic production in her own wholesale operations. Working closely with growers, she has been developing pest management strategies that are a combination of natural enemies, biologically based pesticides & cultural management. Together we will unravel the mysteries of proper diagnosis. All aspects of prevention, monitoring, and maintenance from a biological perspective will be addressed.

              Cannabis Bioscience: Shaping the Future of Growing

              Presented by Ricky Fitts of Phylos Bioscience

              Early-stage plant sex testing means less soil used and makes clean soil management a realistic possibility. Early culling of males means less vegetative canopy and easier early-stage pest management. The future of Genetic testing in Cannabis points to a horizon of exploring plant allele interactions and pest resistance.

              Update on LCB Workgroups & Rulemaking

              by Jeremy Moberg


              As CEO of Cannasol Farms and President of the Washington Sungrowers Industry Association (WSIA), Jeremy Moberg is an outspoken champion for sustainable, organic methods to be integrated into cannabis policy. Jeremy has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Evergreen State College, and worked as a field researcher and environmental advocate in the Ecology and Fisheries Science profession for decades. From the beginning of legalization, he has been an advocate for sustainable, organic farming methods to provide clean, safe, pesticide-free cannabis to the regulated market.  His long history as a Heritage grower and his extensive knowledge in botany, chemistry, and organic farming, coupled with his ability to articulate the complex issues this industry faces, has made him a leading resource on natural sungrown cannabis and pesticide related topics.


              View the full agenda and RSVP.


              Agenda

              5:00pm | Introduction by Jamie Curtismith

              5:15pm | Update on LCB workgroups and rulemaking by Jeremy Moberg

              6:00pm | Russet Mites: Strategies for Prevention and Control, presented by Sound Horticulture

              7:00pm | Cannabis Bioscience: Shaping the Future of Growing, presented by Phylos Bioscience

              8:00pm | Closing message
            • March 22, 2017 Sowing Seeds for Diversity!
              Sowing Seeds for Diversity! This is your reminder buzzer  to get some wild Sweet Allysum seeds going for you plantings this spring. Whether you are in a greenhouse or larger landscape, remember that these sweet smelling plants will seriously attract beneficial insects like Syrphid flies to your garden, whose voracious young larvae will devastate your aphids!
            • March 20, 2017 Website Upgrade allows Bugs Online!
              Website Upgrade allows Bugs Online! This has been a long time in the waiting but... if you prefer online shopping, we are now ready for you to give it a whirl. We still want to hear from you if you have any questions, and to support you in any way. Our team of experienced technical biocontrol experts is expanding cautiously as we dip our toes gingerly into the online realm (!) The most important consideration for us is never letting the quality of what we do, or what live creatures we ship to you slip! Your comments and suggestions are welcome!
            • March 18, 2017 Mt. Vernon WSU Biological Talk Upcoming!
              Mt. Vernon WSU Biological Talk Upcoming! Biological Control - Principles and Practices
              Use of biological control can be an effective method to suppress or control pests but understanding the basic tenets will determine success or failure. This presentation will cover the principles of biological control and provide tips on improving success. Come and learn more from Dr. Bev Gerdemann and Alison as we begin a Brown Bag Lunch Series, Thursday Mar 30, 12-1 pm . Bring your questions about field production and row crops  of the Skagit!
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            Welcome to our new web store! We are offering 20% off of our first ten web orders with discount code WELCOME. Most beneficial Insects need to be ordered by Noon, Pacific Coast time, on Fridays for delivery the following week. Exceptions are noted on product pages. Orders ship out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays depending on the product. Exceptions apply during holidays.