Produced by Left Coast Community Events, the Oregon Homegrown Challenge
is designed as a public invitational contest of Oregon-grown unlicensed pesticide-free home grown cured cannabis flower.

For now, the Oregon Homegrown Challenge is on hiatus but will return soon.

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Upcoming Left Coast Community Events

Willamette Valley Homegrowers
Laura Day of Yerba Buena
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 but will not be required. 

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.

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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. I will still be asking for member donations, but no Willamette Valley Homegrower's meeting and / or presentation will require a fee. I will produce each Willamette Valley Homegrowers presentation through May without requiring ticketing.

And then in May, the organization will 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.

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.