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Willamette Valley Homegrowers is an experiment to see if such an organization can sustain itself long-term by becoming self-sufficient, powered by the members.

As the founder and executive director of Left Coast Community Events, I paid all the venue rental fees for six months, from November of 2018 through May of 2019, so that the organization can grow without having to rely initially on membership fees, event fees, or sponsors.

After a six month meeting schedule, from December to May, Willamette Valley Homegrowers members will meet in June to decide how to move forward, as a group that meets in a private venue, requiring meeting fees (ticketing), as a group that meets in private homes to avoid the fees, or some other configuration or combination of the above. Members will decide how the organization works and evolves.

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Upcoming Events!

Willamette Valley Homegrowers presents
Laura Day of Yerba Buena detail
The Art of the Cure
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Private Venue

Willamette Valley Homegrowers welcomes Laura Day of Yerba Buena presenting The Art of the Cure on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm in a secure private venue. 

Only members of Willamette Valley Homegrowers may attend.  A donation of $10 will be requested.

Please click here to join Willamette Valley Homegrowers. Please click here to pay the donation fee in advance. Those interested in joining can pay both the membership donation fee and the Jan. 13 presentation donation fee with one click!

Laura Day is the Director of Operations for Yerba Buena, a cannabis company committed to building one of the finest and most innovative cannabis companies, creating a diverse and inclusive work environment where individuals can thrive and sharing our success, culture, and passion with our employees, the communities we live in, and the planet.

Laura Day is a co-founder and Director of Operations at Yerba Buena in Portland, among the first eight recreational licenses to be awarded in the state. Laura serves as Vice Chair on the board of the Cannabis Certification Council, a non-profit dedicated to establishing industry-wide standards for organically cultivated cannabis and fair labor practices.

Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Environmental Science focusing on Sustainable Communities and Biodiversity. Laura was the Keynote speaker for NCIA’s Seed to Sale show in Denver. Laura was named as one of the New Faces of Cannabis – 10 People Shaping Legal Weed by Willamette Week. Laura has been a featured speaker at MJBizCon in Las Vegas in both 2017 and 2018.

With more than 20 years of experience working with cannabis across several states, Laura has designed and implemented various successful business models from retail to cultivation focused around environmental stewardship, organic growing practices, and exemplary labor practices. 

Laura cofounded the first caregiver cooperative in Arizona, Grassroots Wellness Center, in 2010, incorporating various healing modalities with cannabis use for medicinal purposes including naturopathy, chiropractic, massage, yoga, educational workshops, and more. 

Laura became the Dispensary Manager for High Mountain Health in 2012, where she helped build one of the most successful medical cannabis dispensaries in Arizona’s highly regulated medical market. This invaluable experience in a strict seed-to-sale vertically integrated environment helped frame her approach to Oregon’s recreational market at she stepped into her role as Director of Operations for one of Oregon’s leading flower brands, Yerba Buena and now Stem Holdings.

Yerba Buena is the only cannabis company to receive the 100 Best Green Companies award by Oregon Business Magazine in both 2017 and 2018, placing 9th and then 6th respectively in the state of Oregon, across all industries. Yerba Buena was listed as one of MG Retailer’s 50 Best Companies to Work for in Cannabis in 2018. In addition, Yerba Buena has been voted Best Indoor Grow by the Dope Industry Awards, won Best CBD Strain by the Cultivation Classic two years in a row in addition to the Innovation Award for energy efficiency in 2018, Best Cannabis Farm in the Best of Portland by Willamette Week two years running, and the Dope Cup for Best Sativa.

Yerba Buena continues to receive recognition as a leader in all aspects of stewardship, cultivation, and business practices. 


Left Coast Community Events is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency designed to produce educational events that would provide experienced individuals, companies and organizations an opportunity to present educational materials and educational panels and forums to better understand subjects that affect the Lane County Area, to support and assist community educational programs, and to support citizens and organizations in the Lane County area. All staff associated with Left Coast Community Events, from the Board of Directors to Production Staff are Volunteers.

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A Members Only Community-Powered Collection of Gardeners

The Willamette Valley Homegrowers is a members-only group created by the nonprofit Left Coast Community Events created to build community within the Oregon Cannabis Culture by providing members with access to educational seminars, private events, and public forums to share knowledge and information about Cultivating & Curing Cannabis.

New members will be asked to donate a $25 registration fee, which is valid until April 20, 2020. Members will be requested to renew by April 20 of each year for $25 beginning on April 20, 2020. Registered Members will not have to pay the renewal fee until they have been a member for more than a year.


The Art of the Cure featuring Laura Day of Yerba Buena
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Laura Day of Yerba Buena will detail her take on curing cannabis.


Sponsor Willamette Valley Homegrowers

All Sponsors will be able to present to the Willamette Valley Homegrowers in attendance during the seminar.

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Previous Events

Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn of Dragonfly Earth Medicine
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Whirled Pies

Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn of Dragonfly Earth Medicine will present a lecture about closed loop farming focused on maintaining purity in cultivation inputs and practices on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Whirled Pies, located at 199 West 8th Avenue in Eugene.

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. A donation fee of $15 will be requested either in advance or at the door. Advance tickets are available now at Impact Flow Ticketing.

Sponsored By

Entitled Dirt & Soil: Living Earth Groundwork, the lecture is the first of a planned series and is produced by Left Coast Community Events, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency dedicated to producing educational events.

Josh Sarvis and Kelly Dunn have been cultivating pure, closed loop cannabis for almost three decades. They are Humus Beings dedicated to intentionally and actively educating the cannabis industry on purity in cultivation inputs and practices. They are passionate about being a clear, conscious voice for the cannabis plant, whom has given so many healing benefits to all of humanity.

Josh and Kelly created Dragonfly Earth Medicine which is an international nutrient company and also an educational platform for Conscious Cannabis Cultivation.

The DEM Pure Certification has become a highly sought after community driven, beyond organic certification for cannabis cultivation and extraction. They have consulted and educated the international cannabis community and corporations to grow the highest quality cannabis and businesses.

Focusing on biodiversity, polyculture, biological intelligence, soil building, nutrient intelligence, seed breeding, herbology for soil and plants, healthy integrated pest and fungi eradication, sustainable living and the deep connection humanity has with this feminine master plant.

Josh and Kelly have been creating full spectrum global healing by working with international healthcare for women and children. Dragonfly Earth Medicine will talk about the relation of a Healthy Mind, body and Soil.


CBD Medical Life Stories
featuring Adam Jacques, Tanesha Smelser, Cassie Peters and Shelly Brodeur Waterman
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Whirled Pies

Left Coast Community Events will present an educational seminar entitled CBD Medical Life Stories featuring Adam Jacques, Tanesha Smelser, Cassie Peters and a live broadcast from Shelly Brodeur Waterman from Vermont at Whirled Pies on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Part of a new series entitled CBD: Managing Health, the CBD Medical Life Stories seminar will examine the trials and tribulations of managing CBD medicine, especially in children.  Jacques will detail his experience breeding CBD strains and helping people all over the country find safe, legal CBD medicine for their family members.  Smelser will describe her experience managing CBD for pediatrics.  Peters will explain why CBD is still in perpetual purgatory legally.  Brodeur Waterman will broadcast her experience assisting Vermont families of children with special needs manage CBD as medicine.

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m.  A donation fee will be requested either in advance or at the door.  Advance donation tickets will be available on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Best known for his work with and breeding of some of the most iconic CBD strains on Earth, Adam Jacques is a cannabis industry consultant, medical cannabis expert and breeder from Eugene.  In 2016 Adam was awarded Most Influential in the Industry specifically for his work with seizure disorders and CBD development.  Jacques is a regular speaker at cannabis industry events across the country focusing on breeding unique genetics, cannabis oil treatments, and cultivation. He is also active on his podcast JacquesCast available on Youtube and SoundCloud. Jacques is also a regular contributor to GROW Magazine.

The Executive Director for The Forrest Initiative, Tanesha Smelser is a native Oregonian and passionate advocate for the pediatric cannabis population. Smelser has spent the entirety of her professional life in healthcare.  From administrative to nursing, cutting edge hospitals to struggling rehabilitation facilities; supporting those in need sits at the center of her calling.

Smelser is married to her partner of eighteen years. Together they four teenagers.  One was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2014. Her mother and brother would follow suit with epilepsy diagnoses in the subsequent year. Today, Smelser is humbled by her role as. Currently TFI supports 70% of the pediatric medical cannabis patients and their families in the Pacific Northwest.

Driven by a desire to provide clients with individualized legal services, Cassie Peters founded Cassie Peters Legal + Consulting, LLC to serve clients throughout Oregon. Cassie helps clients understand and navigate both basic and complex legal matters, while creating customized solutions that allow her clients to focus on achieving their goals.

Cassie brings an integrated approach to her practice, drawing on her experience as an entrepreneur, tax preparer, researcher, consultant, and attorney. Prior to her legal career, Cassie was the owner of Dark Hollow, a hemp clothing business based in Eugene. After earning her law degree from University of Oregon School of Law and a master’s degree in agriculture and food law from the University of Arkansas, she produced an in-depth report on rural local food system infrastructure, ran a local food nonprofit organization, and helped launch a quarterly food and farm magazine. She has also published several legal articles exploring land use, regulation, and incentives for urban agriculture and stronger local food systems. Through these diverse experiences, Cassie has developed a deep understanding of the interplay between federal, state, and local law and an appreciation of the powerful impact collaboration, support services, and access to information have on businesses operating in today’s fast-paced environment.

Shelly Brodeur Waterman of the Vermont Family Network will broadcast from Vermont her experience empowering and supporting all Vermont families of children with special needs throughout the state by giving a strong start, lifting family’s voices, and advancing inclusive communities.