Internationally known as a connoisseur breeder and expert cultivator, Soma’s renown has blossomed to include writing and photography of the cannabis plant among his many skills. Articles by Soma can now be found in specialty pot-focused magazines around the world.
Soma offers detailed advice for every stage of growing organically: selecting seeds and mother plants, making clones, creating one’s own soil mix, using organic pest control and knowing the best time for harvesting. With these instructions, gardeners of all levels can learn to grow marijuana with the sublime qualities and subtleties of flavor and effects that have made this breeder legendary. Sixteen pages of Soma’s lush full-color photography help to showcase his methods and varieties.
Much like organic food has become increasingly popular through a heightening of awareness, Organic Marijuana raises consciousness about growing an outstanding crop of marijuana while respecting both environmental and individual health.
This second book in the Marijuana Tips series continues to present the tips and techniques that only expert growers can provide.
A breeder of international fame, Soma is synonymous with earth-friendly grow techniques and an appreciation for the healing qualities of marijuana. Now in his first-ever book, this sage of the marijuana scene shares his methods and philosophy with a collection of his best works, all-new essays and stunning photography.
Soma’s dedication to the cannabis plant and earth positive lifestyle are reflected in his decades of work with the plant, his decision to expatriate to Amsterdam, and his longstanding vegetarianism. According to Soma, “The times we all find ourselves in are about solutions, ones that truly work. And so I write and take pictures about cannabis to increase public awareness. The future is all about lifestyle change and for me cannabis has much to do with an improvement in the sources we as humans use to sustain our modern lifestyle.”
Soma’s varieties are considered legendary and the “New York City Diesel” strain he developed has been a big winner among the most reputable harvest festivals of Europe. Several of his strains are featured in The Big Book of Buds series, which highlights the best pot varieties on the planet. He has also been awarded the highly competitive Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam.
When five o’clock rolled around, joints in hand, Soma was off to discover his true calling. He found a secluded spot by the East River and light up his first taste of marijuana. Not being a smoker, his initial tokes were a little awkward but it didn’t take long for Soma to realize he had been turned on to something special. Soon, his inner world would manifest itself in his outward appearance. His hair grew long along with his sideburns and he developed a penchant to wearing pastel shirts in shades of yellow, blue and lavender. His new outlook on life quickly came to the attention of his superiors and he was called into his boss’s office and told to get in line with the IBM corporate culture – get a haircut, shave your sideburns and white shirts only. To this he succinctly replied, “I quit”.
It was in Putney, Vermont, that Soma first started growing cannbis. He was living in a second-story apartment, and while rolling joints on record albums, he constantly threw seeds out the window. In the spring while walking around the side of the house, he noticed some little green plants underneath his window. Upon closer examination, he discovered they were cannabis plants and transplanted them up onto Putney Mountain. Since they were South American genetics, they couldn’t possibly reach maturity in the cold Vermont climate, but Soma’s green thumb had gone to college.
Soma embraces hippiedom
In 1974, Soma moved to the warmer climes of Gainesville, Florida. Besides picking wild Psilocybin mushrooms in the cow fields, he was able to grow some amazing South-East Asian cannabis and some pure Ruderalis Afghani. In this southern location, he was finally able to grow some marijuana all the way to harvest. When he smoked the weed he grew with his own hands, he was convinced that this was the way it should be.
It was at this time that the famous Gainesville Green was being smoked around the nation with great appreciation. In 1980 Soma grew 200 kilos of Afghani-Thai outdoors, got busted by the police and out just how hard it was to breed cannabis in America. In the late eighties, indoor marijuana cultivation was starting to take off, and Soma was one of the first people to breed different genetics together indoors. His Afghani-Thai hybrid was so good, he still rates it far above most strains today.
This magnificant plant species has helped teach me the art of having and taking care of houseplants, the art of murturing, and the art of photography to name but a few. Far from being a demotivator, marijuana has become interwoven with many of my interests, and its influence has opened my mind to explore many I might have never other wise pursued. Although marijuana laws are never fair around the planet, I refuse to give up my right to have my sacrament and medicine constantly near me in the form of clothing, food, plants, paper and smoke. In this way I do my part to overgrow the whole darn place.
First growing experience
Soma then took a job driving one of the Big Apple’s yellow cabs where he could have his hair long and continue down his path to hippiedom. By the time 1969 rolled around, he was on his way to the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco, where he stayed in his first hippie commune. He went to the Golden Gate Park, started hanging out at the Fillmore West, experimenting with LSD, and learning new social skills. Taking his newfound insights he learned on the West Coast back home to the East, he launched a natural food bakery and store in southern Vermont calles Salt of The Earth.