World’s Greatest Stoners (part 1): Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson is arguably one of the best known Hollywood Stoners. An inspiration to us all.
 
Back in ‘03 and ‘04 I was working at a convenience store near the university, selling beer, cigarettes, and blunt wraps to college students, and anyone else living or working near the school. One day, people started coming into the store, saying:

“Hey, I just saw Woody Harrelson.”
“Really?”
“Yeah, he’s just hanging out down by the Bijou Theater in his bus.”
After a little while, someone else came in saying, “Dude, I just smoked weed with Woody Harrelson.”
“Seriously? What was he like?”
“He was pretty cool.”
“That’s cool...”
“Can I get pack of Swisher’s and a blueberry blunt wrap?”
“Yeah, that’s, uhh…. $4.28.”

Anyone who pays attention to this sort of thing knows Woody Harrelson makes no secret about the fact that he smokes the herb. He’s well known to be enthusiastically in favor of the legalization of cannabis and hemp, and has served as a member of the advisory board for NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 2003.

Here’s maybe the coolest thing: Harrelson was intentionally arrested for hemp activism in Lee County, Kentucky in 1996, after he ceremoniously planted four hemp seeds in Kentucky soil. He engaged in this activism on behalf of Kentucky farmers, and the purpose of his admirable performance was to call attention to a state law that did not distinguish between marijuana and hemp. As many of us know, industrial hemp has almost none of the psychoactive properties of marijuana, and has been and can be used to make clothing, fabric, food, fuel, and a number of other beneficial products. Harrelson called the Lee County sheriff to let him know what would be happening, showed up with his lawyer and his hemp seeds, and a camera crew from CNN captured the whole thing. Harrelson planted the hemp seeds, the sheriff arrested him, and he was booked in the county jail then released the same day after posting $200 bail. He was charged with cultivating marijuana, but with his attorney’s help, within a very short time he was acquitted of the charges.

Harrelson is also a well-known environmental activist. In 2003, he travelled around the west coast on a bike, caravanning with a hemp-oil-fueled, bio-diesel bus as the subject of a documentary called Go Further to help raise awareness of simple organic living. It is well worth watching. I’m guessing a Go Further promotional tour was the reason he was parked down the street from the market that day, next to the independent movie theater that is housed in a former mortuary (The Bijou Art Cinema in Eugene is a great place to see a movie). 
In conclusion, decades of hemp and marijuana activism, environmental activism, exceptional skills as a dramatic and comedic actor, and a willingness to smoke weed with random fans, all qualify Mr. Harrelson to be counted among the World’s Greatest Stoners.

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Product Review: X-tra Chz Starter Kit

X-tra Chz Starter Kit, an Oregon Legal Weed Favorite!

This Marijuana Starter Kit made me laugh when I saw it on the shelf behind the register at Terpene Station in Eugene. When I noticed the gram of weed that came in the starter kit was a Cheese strain I had never tried before, I decided to buy two of them.
For some reason, the drawing of a joint on the starter kit’s box made me think of the ridiculous 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film Reefer Madness. I laughed again when I imagined a crazed-looking degenerate handing out marijuana Starter Kits to school children in the over-active imagination of some Harry Anslinger (see 1937 Marihuana Tax Act).

Inside the starter kit box, which slides open like a big matchbox, were two rolling papers, two cardboard filters, three strike-anywhere matches, and a pre-packaged gram of X-tra Chz cannabis (grown by Phantom Farms). X-tra Chz is a hybrid cross between Cheese #1 and Cheese Bomb. I am a huge fan of cheese strains, ever since I discovered UK Cheese, then discovered Cherry Cheese, then Blue Cheese, then Mac n Cheese, then Jack Cheddar, then Black Cherry Cheesecake... I haven’t yet found a cheese strain I didn’t enjoy. They have tremendously relaxing effects, both physically and mentally. Most of them tend toward the couch-lock side of the spectrum, but occasionally you’ll find a cheese that sparks creativity and conversation.

I put a half-gram of X-tra Chz in my grinder, rolled up a nice doobie, and fired it up. It tasted good. I really like cheese.

I enjoyed my first Marijuana Starter Kit very much, and I must admit that I am now hooked on the devil’s lettuce. My hands have started to twitch, and I have a strong urge to smoke another joint as soon as possible. Oh, well. I guess it’s all over for me now. I used to be such a nice young man….

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(OREGON) Store Review: Terpene Station

Oregons Terpene Station Portland and Eugene have great weed deals and service!

As soon as I drove past Terpene Station on River road, I knew I’d be stopping in soon. It was because of the name. “Terpene Station” immediately brought to mind “Terrapin Station,” the classic Grateful Dead song, and I assumed they came up with the store name with that very intention. 
The Dead have always represented something important for me, and many others. Besides the fact that they wrote, recorded, and performed a lot of incredible, timeless music, The Dead were my first pathway into the world of quality cannabis. When I discovered and began partaking in the herb, it was the early 90’s and I lived a rural area in the Midwest. It was not easy to find weed to smoke, and it was near impossible to find anything that was actually green bud. I’m talking quality, indoor-grown, stinky, green, kind buds. Sometimes when we looked at the pictures in High Times magazine, it seemed like they were photographing a completely different plant than what we were smoking. We never came across that kind of stuff. Except for when The Dead went on tour, and we knew there was going to be a Dead show within driving distance of our little town. 

We would drive a couple of hours to see The Dead perform, and also for the lot scene. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we’d jump out of the car and head for Shakedown Street. That was what they called the strip in the Dead show parking lot where most of the foot traffic happened, and many different kinds of products were available for purchase from a number of private vendors. Within minutes, we would find a guy announcing loudly that he had kind buds to sell, and we would buy a quarter, or maybe an ounce if we could, of something like Chemdawg, or another sativa-dominant, stinky green bud that completely blew away the shit we’d been smoking. 

These were the memories going through my head when I walked into Terpene Station for the first time. I have returned many times since then to buy more of their quality product. Whenever I buy my weed there, I have a great conversation with one of their budtenders, and learn something new about my favorite plant. 
Their show room is huge. They have a large variety of options, from quality flower, to concentrates for dabbing, to cannabis edibles for medical and recreational consumers, and more. I focus mainly on flower consumption, personally. Since that first time I stepped through the door of Terpene Station, I have purchased various quality strains of flower including, but not limited to, Blue Dream, Green Crack, God Bud, OG Kush, and Strawberry Cough. Recently, I picked up a gram of X-tra Chz in a fun “starter kit” they had with rolling papers, joint filters, and matches included in a little box with the weed. It made me laugh, and the X-tra Chz tasted good.

The terpenes in cannabis, by the way, are the reason for why weed smells the way it does. If your herb has a fruity, or a cheese-y smell, that’s the terpenes. If it stinks like skunk or diesel, that’s the terpenes too. Not only do they influence the aroma of cannabis, but they are partially responsible for how the high affects you. For anyone who has not looked into the wonderful world of terpenes, I highly recommend it, especially if you have legal dispensaries nearby with seemingly unlimited options. Go find the right strain for you, the one with the perfect terpene profile. You’ll thank yourself every time you smoke it.
Next time I hear the song, “Terrapin Station,” I’ll be thinking about terpenes, and I’ll wonder what new strains Terpene Station has on the menu.

“Terrapin station, Inspiration, move me brightly. Light the song with sense and color;
Hold away despair, more than this I will not ask.
Faced with mysteries dark and vast, statements just seem vain at last.
Some rise, some fall, some climb, to get to Terrapin.”
(Robert Hunter/The Grateful Dead)

Locations:

Terpene Station Eugene
645 River Rd #3 Eugene, OR 97404
(p) ​541-234-5122

Terpene Station Portland
1436 SE Powell Blvd Portland, OR 97202
(p) ​503-477-8380

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“Terrapin Station” the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugRct9pNQYM

Hippies Know What’s Up With Smoking Weed

Hippies know two very important things - good weed and good music.

What is a hippie, really? How do you classify someone as a hippie? Would it be someone who’s “stuck in the 60’s”? Someone who grows their hair long and smokes dope and listens to rock and roll music? Somebody who lives on a commune and spends all of their free time recycling? I don’t know, man……does it really even matter? Why do we need labels and classifications, right? Let’s just smoke some weed, okay?

No matter how you define a hippie, you cannot deny that hippies know what’s up with smoking weed. 

Here are five valuable pieces of weed-smoking information I learned from hippies: 

1. Smoking Etiquette- it was from hippies that I learned how to be polite when smoking the herb with others. Passing to the left, no camping, offering the green hit to another person, cornering the bowl (so there’s a little bit of green left on top for the next smoker),  etc.  – Basically, how to respect both the herb and the good people you are sharing it with.

2. Healthy Smoking Tips- the first time I ever used a vaporizer, it was a homemade one my hippie friend put together with a heating gun, a specially blown piece of glass, and a rubber tube. It got a little too hot sometimes and singed the weed, so there was a little smoke in the vapor, but it was a pleasant enough experience that I eventually bought a Vapor Bros. box of my own. It’s been good for my throat and lungs, and it allows me to taste the herb more than when I smoke. Also, the first time I used a hemp wick to light my bowl was while sitting cross-legged in a circle of hippies. It was explained to me that inhalation of butane from a lighter over time could be toxic to the brain. If you light it with a wick made from organic hemp, no butane inhalation, and thus, no brain toxicity.  Healthier smoking!

3. How To Know What Good Weed Is And Where To Find It-   whether it was indoor or outdoor grown, organic or chem-y; whether it was chronic, stinky, green kind-bud, or weak-ass, brown, seedy, brick weed. It was hippies that first educated me on how to spot good or bad weed, with my eyes, my nose, and my taste buds. Also, it was at a Grateful Dead show that I first came across quality marijuana (in the rural Midwest, we could only find brick weed to smoke). Years later when I moved to the west coast, I was surprised to find out the good stuff was everywhere.

4. Good Music To Listen To When You’re High-  Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles (their later years, after Bob Dylan showed them how to smoke weed), Cream, The Doors, The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, the list goes on… There’s a reason why stoners seem to gravitate toward these bands. It’s because they sound fucking incredible when you’re stoned. Whether you’re listening to “Dark Side of the Moon” on headphones in a dark room with flickering candles, or riding in a car with the windows down and the car stereo blasting “Eat a Peach.” All music sounds better after a couple puffs, or a potent edible. Fire one up and put on a classic album from one of these stoner bands. You will really “hear it” for the first time.
5. Important Weed History and Information- it was from hippies that I first learned about Harry Anslinger and the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, and all of the real reasons why weed was illegal in the United States. Some hippie I came across early on had obviously read The Emperor Wears No Clothes, by Jack Herer, and passed on some valuable information. At first, a lot of it sounded like stoned, conspiracy-theory talk, but then curiosity eventually led me to do some reading and research of my own. My mind has officially been blown. If you are unfamiliar with the history of how the cannabis plant entered North America, and subsequently became demonized by racists and hypocrites with way too much power, I recommend starting with Harry Anslinger and his bullshit Marihuana Tax Act. OK, I’m stepping off my soap box now. 

In conclusion, I would like to simply say:  Thank you, hippies. Thank you for everything.

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(OREGON) Product Review: That Taffy

That Taffy - high TCH, low cost. Great Product!

The Oregon Cannabis industry has been going through some growing pains lately. With laws changing around the strength of edibles, both medicinal and recreational, big changes in laws around how products are tested, and oversight of recreation-ally licensed dispensaries changing over from the OHA (Oregon Health Authority) to the OLCC (Oregon Liquor and Something Commission), many of my favorite edibles are disappearing, and being replaced by newer, more expensive edibles. 

For recreational edibles, they’ve increased the allowed dosage from 15 mg. to 50 mg. Medical card holders have had their edibles’ strength slightly reduced, but can still buy an edible containing up to 100 mg. THC. That Taffy has been one of my go-to edibles, because they specify whether the edible contains a Sativa or Indica strain, and because the medical Sativa That Taffy has 88.81 mg. of THC.

Now, I don’t really need that much THC at one time, but it’s great to have the option. I can also divide the $10 That Taffy into ten, bite-size pieces with about 9 mg. of THC each. Pop those babies in my 7-day pill box dispenser, and I’m ready to go. If I happen to feel like getting recreational at some point, maybe I’ll eat three of them that day. But it’s nice to have the option, and an inexpensive one, at that.

The flavor of That Taffy Sativa Mixed Berry is very similar to strawberry starburst. By which I mean to say, it tastes really good. The effects came on in about a half hour. The effect I experienced from That Taffy was quite pleasant, mostly affecting how my head felt and where my thoughts went. I also experienced a mild, warm, physical high in my head and chest.

Honestly, I’ve been buying a couple of these Sativa That Taffy’s every month for the past couple months. The effects are reliable, consistent, and always pleasant. They make taffy for recreational and medicinal consumers alike.


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(OREGON) Eugene Store Review: Flowr of Lyfe

Eugene Oregon Review Flowr of Lyfe - chat about it!

So, the other day on my way home from the grocery store I decided to stop by the dispensary to pick up a couple grams of hash…… oh my god, I can’t believe that I actually just wrote that sentence. Things really have changed for the better for stoners in some parts of the country. I’m sure that if I were to travel back in time and have a conversation with my 18-year-old self about this being a part of his future, he would not even begin to believe me. Especially if we talked right after he got busted by the state highway patrol that one time.

These days it is easy and convenient to be a complete and total stoner in states like Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Is that a bad thing? I certainly don’t think so. I know (from previous experience) that if cannabis was still illegal in my state, I would be smoking it anyway. Only now I can buy quality product from good people, without any paranoia, and without jumping through extra hoops. It is convenient and affordable. When I buy weed, I am supporting local businesses. When I buy weed, the taxes from my purchase benefit the state of Oregon. When I smoke a fat bowl of my favorite strain of cannabis safely and responsibly in my own home, it just feels good. I mean really good. Smoking weed always makes me feel good, but this just feels....right. 

Back to the topic of this article: my favorite new dispensary- Flowr of Lyfe in Eugene. This is a great weed store, located in downtown Eugene on Broadway and Olive, right next to the Bar-muda Triangle. Like I said before, I stopped in to pick up some hash on my way home from the grocery store. At the time, they had so many more choices of hash, and more affordable hash, than any dispensary I have been to. I picked up a couple grams of Pineapple Jack Hash, and some Headband/Sour D Hash. It was the bomb. I never say “the bomb.” But this shit was. I have since returned and purchased strains of quality flower such as Durban Poison, Jack Herer, Jesus OG, as well as some of the stoniest organic Sour Diesel flower I have ever smoked.

The visual layout of the shop is cool, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Their location is perfect. Next time I’m running errands downtown and feel like buying some herb, I’ll stop at Flowr of Lyfe.

Contact / Shop:
114 West Broadway Eugene, OR 
541-653-8801

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(Washington) Pot Shop Profile: Ocean Greens

Ocean Greens is a great place for legal weed in Seattle!

Fun, whimsical, knowledgeable and quality: these are terms you might use to describe the brightly colored and lit (heh) pot shop known as Ocean Greens, where it’s always 420. It’s one of the most well known pot shops in Seattle, where you can find over 150 strains of pot at low prices, a friendly, funky atmosphere and your favorite pot products like edibles and concentrates.

A medically-endorsed shop, Ocean Greens is known for several all-day specials and prices that are already among the lowest in the city.

Location and Hours
Ocean Greans is located at 9724 Aurora Ave. N, and the shop is open daily from 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM, making it one of the most accessible shops in the city. You can contact the shop at 206-453-4145. 

Products
From buds to pre-rolls, edibles to topicals, concentrates and more, Ocean Greens has everything you need to enjoy your favorite plant. As with any pot shop, be sure to call and find out if your favorite product is in if you’re making a special trip, just in case it’s out.
Some flowers you can expect to find at the shop include varieties like Blue Kush, Golden Pineapple, Dutch Treat and Great White Shark. Flower specials on favorites like Space Queen and Gorilla Glue are also available, starting at $6. 

Do you love candies and gummies? Be sure to get some chews, chocolates and other candies from Ocean Greens to satisfy your sweet tooth and your pot cravings at the same time. When it comes to vapes, you may be interested in some of the shop’s varieties like Bay Pie, Sherbert and Green Crack. Panda Pens are also available. 

From sodas to tinctures, mocha drinks to sprays, the shop has all kinds of great cannabis drinks for you to try. From Rose Refresh and Drift Spray to Cranberry, Lemon Ginger and Cherry sodas, you can find the perfect thirst quencher with cannabis at Ocean Greens. As with any edible remember that a little can go a long way.

Hoping to relax with a few topical? Some of the items you may find at Ocean Greens include bath salts, muscle melts and massage oils. Personal lubricants are also sold at the shop, as are BHO heat extraction rubs.
Paraphernalia can also be found at very reasonable rates at the shop. Some items you can purchase include mini bongs, plastic grinders, vape pens, steam rollers, glass pipes, dab pens and many other goods.

Specials
Unlike many pot shops, Ocean Greens is known for their daily specials, giving them an edge over competitors with their great rates. One of their most popular daily special is the Early Bird, which includes 20% off topical and $15 wax products per customer who makes a purchase between 8 and 10 AM. Select 10mg edibiles are on sale for anywhere between $3 and $6 every day, and the Late Night Munchies deal applies to assorted hard candies on sale between 10:30 and 11:30 PM.


Must-Hear Long Songs for Stoners

The best marijuana jams for your ears, and the best legal weed for your lungs!

When you’re enjoying a relaxing evening, whether alone or with friends, and you want to just veg out with your weed, some music can really enhance the whole experience. Many songs take on a whole new world once you plug a bit of weed into the equation. Too many quirky songs are too short for a good high, though. Fortunately there are lots of longer songs, instrumental or otherwise, that compliment your good time quite nicely. Here are just a few great songs to get the party started.

It’s one long song, with a little over 17 minutes of music and almost no vocals, but New Order’s “Elegia” is as trippy as it comes. Although the British song is an instrumental waltz, it features long, emotional refrains that will really play with your head. There’s a reason it was used in Netflix’s show, Stranger Things. You can battle demogorgons in your head while you listen to this trippy tune, or you can snuggle someone close while you smoke and watch the stars while it plays. Either way, it sounds like a great Saturday night.

Okay, listening to “In a Gadda Da Vida” while you smoke and watch the movie Red Dragon, which the song is in, is not exactly advisable. Your trip might take a scary edge while you get caught up in the drama of serial killers and screams. No, just play the song itself while you relax and take a few tokes or bites. Yes, this song was supposed to be “In a Garden of Eden,” but its slurred lyrics made it even more popular and even more symbolic for stoners who enjoy it while high. It’s a pretty sexy pick for couples, too.

Nope, “Green Onions” is not that long, so you have to put it on repeat to get its best effects. This oldie, courtesy of 1966, will get you grooving in tune with music the way it was meant to be played alongside some serious stoning. Dancing while you smoke and listen to this song is highly recommended (60s attire is totally optional but it can make the experience all the more enjoyable). You know that guy who gets high and just stands there and bobs while he dances? (Maybe you’re that guy.) This song is perfect for that guy.

It’s one of the longest songs of Rock and it’s trippy as hell. But you have to be careful with Rush’s “2112” since it sounds so realistic. You might begin to think that aliens are landing in your backyard if you have a tendency to experience paranoia while you’re high, so you may want to skip this one. If you are pretty in control of your faculties while you relax with your weed, this is a great song to dance to while you’re smoking with friends.

Free Joints for Civil Disobedience

Protest by hitting the sticky icky hard? Its the American Dream.

No matter who you vote for, change can always create tension. Even if you don’t care about elections in the least, it’s always fun to find an excuse to get high anyway, right? DCMJ, “A community for cannabis users, growers and their families,” held their own event on inauguration day. Dubbed #Trump420, the event pretty much just entailed a lot of free weed—8,000 free joints handed out during the event, to be precise. Hundreds of people lined to get their free joints during that morning. 

The event was not limited to joints, either. Beginning at 8:00 AM, the DCMJ handed out coffee, tea and other goodies to participants, welcoming them to their act of civil disobedience. Then they held a small parade to walk toward the inauguration, where they decided to light up “unless President Trump comes out now in support of full cannabis legalization in all 50 states and DC!”). Organizers asked people to join in for a “smokin’ fun time,” saying that, “This is an outreach opportunity to show President Trump's supporters we are the marijuana majority.”

No, it’s not legal to light up in pubic in Washington, DC, but DCMJ hopes to change that. They encouraged anyone willing to “light up” in public that day as an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, but engaging in the activity was not required in order to get a free joint for the day. The name of the event came not just from the popular symbol of the marijuana movement, but of the timing of the protest itself. Participants decided to light up four minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech.

As much controversy surrounded the day, the story of #Trump420 did not make it into the mainstream media nearly as much, if at all. Nikolas Schiller, one of the DCMJ founders, let it be known that the event was in no way meant to protest the new president. He did say that the group is against the appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, however, since Sessions is likely to be very anti-pot and in favor of leading raids against people who possess or grow weed. Schiller says that it’s insulting that Sessions has stated that “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

DCMJ has been fighting for full legalization since 2013 in the DC area. From seed shares to vigils, campaigning activities and more, DCMJ has had a hand in the marijuana legislation and ballot initiatives that made it possible in Washington, DC. Individuals who are interested in keeping up with their efforts and taking action alongside the DCMJ are encouraged to sign up for their newsletter or to follow them on social media. Both donations and volunteers are always welcome. 

Currently the DCMJ is working on a campaign known as Smoke Sessions, which is being promoted with the hashtag #smokesessions. You can participate by speaking out against the nomination of Sessions and spreading the word about the possible repercussions from appointing him as attorney general.

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Awesome Cannabis Blogs to Follow

Best Blogs for growing, and learning about legal weed!

We know Ganjarama is your favorite source for all things pot, but lots of us enjoy reading about the latest pot news and perspectives from a wide variety of sources. If you want to fill your blog reader with some great ganja blogs, here are some you may want to think about following. None of these blogs necessarily represent the views here at Ganjarama, but we find them interesting and think you might, too.

One of the best blogs to follow about all things weed, The Weed Blog will teach you about subjects such as bud rot in your pot plants, prohibition news, various smoking accessories and more. One of the best things about The Weed Blog is that it offers various discounts in its “Marijuana Deals Near You” feed, which can help you find the best deals on weed in your area. There are different topics you can check out, such as culture, news, global and prohibition.

You may have already checked out the Cannabis Culture website, but did you know that they also have a blog where you can follow the latest news and views? The Cannabis Culture blog is full of humor, sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek wit. If you enjoy some snark with your news, this is the place to bookmark or add to your blog feed. In addition to fun commentary, vintage photos and humor, you’ll also find ways to take action at the blog in order to help decriminalize pot and end prohibition overall.

If you need to be on the pulse of ALL things pot, all the time, then Mass Roots has the blog for you. From new dispensary news in states that legalize pot to how to find a good cannabis friendly doctor to how to get your medical marijuana cards, the blog covers just about every pot topic out there. They have a newsletter you can sign up to get in your inbox just in case you’re not big on following blogs, too. They also cover a bit of international news in addition to local U.S. stories.

If you’re in Colorado and you’re looking for a blog that meets your local needs almost exclusively, the Colorado Marijuana Blog is the place to go. You’ll find some general topics, such as the health benefits of cannabis, dabbing techniques and why you should use coconut oil in your infusions, but you’ll also find Colorado-only news stories that are more specific to your personal needs. Some topics at the site include education, travel, 420 culture and health/science.

If you are all about growing, the Growing Marijuana Blog is the place for you to visit. You’ll find all kinds of tips and tricks for growing weed as well as some of the latest techniques and news regarding pot growing in the country. From the basics to hydroponics, you can learn all there is to know about growing and more.