NEVADA COUNTY, May 1, 2020 – Even with the challenges of coronavirus, county staff continues to work with the community to help build a safe, legal, and thriving cannabis business in Nevada County and welcomes the opportunity to share our expert advice on getting businesses into compliance.

Community members are encouraged to join a panel of experts including county staff, local fire departments, California Water Boards, Fish & Wildlife, Cannabis Alliance, and SYRCL to get all your cannabis industry questions answered at a free virtual Good to Grow Workshop hosted by

May 6, 2020 from 5:00 – 6:00PM

Panelists include:

  • Jason Besaw – Cannabis Compliance
  • Craig Griesbach – Building Department
  • Amy Irani – Environmental Health Department
  • Lucas Kannall – Planning Department
  • Scott Eckman – County Fire Marshall/CAL FIRE
  • Clayton Thomas – Penn Valley Fire Protection District
  • Terry McMahan – Nevada County Consolidated Fire District
  • Michael Crook – CA Water Boards
  • Kyle Stoner – CA Fish & Wildlife
  • Diana Gamzon – Nevada County Cannabis Alliance
  • Ashley Overhouse – Growing Green for the Yuba, SYRCL

There is a lot of information to cover so we will be sharing materials in advance here and on our Facebook event page in order to use the hour for a robust Q & A focused on supporting our local cannabis community to get into compliance.

Please send questions in advance to

Sign up for the live zoom Q & A here:

Enjoy this short film from SYRCL and please reference our Facebook page for additional presentations, links, reference guides and materials from our panelists.

Through Growing Green for the Yuba, SYRCL aims to inspire the community to engage in sustainable and ecologically sound cannabis cultivation in the Yuba River watershed while navigating the new regulatory regime. Cannabis cultivation can create water quality concerns such as sedimentation, pesticide pollution, nutrient run-off and bacteria are all present in our watershed, in addition to trespass grows and illegal water diversions. To address these issues, SYRCL produced some helpful videos featuring local farmers and their best practices for watershed-friendly cannabis cultivation. This video features farmers Govinda and Krsna, and they demonstrate how to build soil to retain and conserve water, reduce evaporation, and prevent run-off. 

YouTube video
(Featuring Govinda and Krsna)
  • This video shows how to build soil to retain and conserve water, reduce evaporation, and prevent run-off.
  • Learn how your soil holds water and how much evaporation is taking place, then make smart choices about how to adjust watering.
  • Smart irrigation controllers monitor weather and adjust for you.
  • Permaculture is a system of agricultural principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns observed in natural ecosystems.
  • Hugulkultur is a technique that utilizes no-dig raised beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, and air pockets to hold moisture, build fertility, and maximize surface area.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) focuses on long-term prevention of pests through a combination of techniques such as habitat manipulation.
  • Companion planting invites beneficial bugs.