HCGA Events

Professional
Development Workshops

HCGA’s Professional Development Workshop Series brings experts from the business world to teach you what you need to know to comply and thrive in a regulated market.

Linking the Supply Chain

Networking opportunities to meet other sectors of the industry from across the state to build relationships capable of facilitating the transfer of Humboldt County's cannabis to consumers across the State of California.  

Annual Meeting and Celebration

HCGA is your trade association. Members are encouraged to listen, share ideas, and get involved in the work. The Annual Meeting highlights accomplishments and invites members to weigh in on the collective vision for the future of the industry.    

Events

February 22, 2019

Seed to Sale: A Pre-Planting Planning Conference

HCGA Member Exclusive, a winter, pre-planting, planning conference. An opportunity for cultivators to connect with Humboldt manufacturers and branded distributors. Coordinate at the beginning of the season to see what businesses you may want to work with. Source seed and clone stock from local nurseries. Contribute to Humboldt's reputation for excellence.

 

Register here

Host a "Lay of the Land Party"

 

Lay of the Land Parties are small events held at a farm, houses or other appropriate spaces. They may be arranged as a dinner party, or with light refreshments in a casual setting. The intent is to bring together potential and current members to discuss various topics including but not limited to local and state policy, concerns/needs of the community and to demonstrate how HCGA provides tools to support our members.

 

What do I need to do to host a Lay Of The Land party?

 

1- Contact Natalynne@hcga.co to set a date and discuss location.

2- Provide a space to have a small meeting.

3- Contact other people in your network who are currently seeking local permits and state licensure. Invite as many or as few people as you like.

4- A email template will be provided by HCGA, you can use it to contact people if you like.

4- Provide light beverages and food.

 

What will the agenda be for the event?

 

1- Guest arrive

2- An hour later a presentation is made for 15 min

3- Discussion and Q and A

4- Nominate the next host

4- Enjoy each other’s company

 

What are the benefits of a Lay Of The Land Party?

 

It is HCGA's belief that your time is better spent developing your farms and businesses than attending a multitude of meetings and events that may or may not give your business value.

 

We instead would like to return to true grassroots and build membership through simple Lay Of The Land Parties and provide value in other ways. We designed this model based on our history of networking. Our community has in the past typically only worked with friends, family, and neighbors to deliver information. We have navigated this way to remain safe.  It is our hope to expand upon this trust and engage in an intimate setting where we can discuss what HCGA's mission is, what your concerns and hopes are for Humboldt's future and get to know you.

September 21, 2018

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Meet the Buyers.

HCGA presents "Meet the Buyers. Meet the Producers." Hear the story. Pitch the story. Buy and sell the weed.

An exclusive event where legal cannabis producers meet legal distributors and retailers. An opportunity to meet and greet, talk about your products and services and build relationships capable of facilitating the transfer of Humboldt County's world-renowned cannabis to consumers across the State of California.

11:30 am registration opens

12:00 to 3:00 pm "Open Floor" supply-chain mixer

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm "Fireside Chats" with marketing professionals

3:00 pm "The Sales Pitch" a contest to discover who's got the best "Humboldt pitch" in the California market between producers, distributors, retailers, and budtenders. 

4:30 pm Awards to the "Best Pitches" for distributors and budtenders.

Beer and wine, and food trucks available.

This opportunity is exclusively available to members of the Humboldt County Growers Alliance (HCGA).

August 14, 2018

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Co-op Roadshow: Learn how to form a Co-op!

​This workshop is designed to support and encourage the formation of cannabis cooperative associations. Hosted by the Humboldt County Growers Alliance, in conjunction with the California Growers Association, hear presentations by Casey & Amber O'Neill of the Emerald Grown Cooperative to learn from their experience how to form a cooperative cannabis association. 

 

Cannabis Cooperative Associations are membership organizations, composed of licensed cannabis cultivators with fewer than 10,000 cumulative square feet, and not exceeding four acres in its total ownership.  

 

Cooperatives can help smaller producers realize the efficiencies of scale while preserving the independent ownership of each individual farm.  

Once formed, cooperatives can do many things, including:

  • Cultivation, marketing, or selling of the cannabis products of its members.

  • Growing, harvesting, curing, drying, trimming, packing, grading, storing, or handling of any product of its members.

 

Attendees will take home a developed guide on how to form a cooperative. 

 

Check out this article titled Emerald Triangle Growers Scale Up Together in Co-Ops

June 22, 2018

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Human Resources and Employment Law for Cannabis Businesses

​As your business grows, your HR challenges multiply. But, you don’t have to go at it alone. Learn how to protect your business from employee claims for nonpayment of wages, workplace harassment, and discrimination with Lance Rogers, an attorney with Greenspoon Marder; and learn about Important compliance information California employers should understand, employment structure, recruitment process, employee rights, employee compensation, employee benefits, employee performance management, employee training, and professional development with Deanna Callahan of Root Essential.

A Professional Development Workshop brought to you by Humboldt County Growers Alliance and Dark Staffing Solutions. 

April 12, 2018

5:00 to 9:00 pm

Demystifying Cannabis Regulations with Amber Morris

​Amber Morris is the Principal of Green Guidance Solutions, and former Branch Chief with CalCannabis, the state regulatory agency in charge of cultivation licensing and oversight. She is perhaps the most knowledgeable expert on cannabis cultivation regulations in California.

In January 2018 Amber Morris began Green Guidance Solutions- a small, woman-owned consulting firm based that specializes in providing guidance to businesses regarding California laws and regulations with a focus on cannabis. Prior to this new phase in her career, Amber worked for the CA Department of Food and Agriculture in several capacities, most recently as the Branch Chief for the CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing branch where she was responsible for leading the state efforts for cannabis cultivation. Based on her background, Amber has a unique skillset in cannabis cultivation laws and regulations and looks forward to working with farmers to help them navigate the evolving requirements.

You do not want to miss this opportunity! If you have not yet become a member, or your membership has expired, you can sign up now.

March 30, 2018

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Hot Legal Topics in Cannabis: Supply Chain Contracts, Corporate Conversions & Partnership Deal Structures

​A discussion with Nicole Howell Neubert and Jay Purcell of Clark Neubert LLP, a corporate and regulatory law firm serving the cannabis industry with offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Santa Monica.

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