Humboldt’s Golden Tarp Awards To Live Stream Cannabis Competition

Golden Tarp AwardsHumboldt County’s Golden Tarp Awards will be the first ever event to live streaming cannabis judging. The annual Golden Tarp cannabis competition features a small cast of highly qualified speakers and only the coolest vendors and it will take place Saturday, November 18th at The Mateel Community Center in Humboldt County—the heart of California’s famed Emerald Triangle. For the first time ever cannabis enthusiasts can watch what goes on behind closed doors at one of these major marijuana events as there’ll be a multi-camera feed broadcasting the all-important judging. And this year you can win an opportunity to judge—see below. This is the popular event’s fourth year in existence celebrating the wonders and delights of light deprivation.

What is light deprivation? Light deprivation, aka ‘light dep’, is the process of forcing plants to flower with sunlight in a time of year that is not normally the flowering period of the sun’s natural lighting cycle. The result is exceptional quality cannabis with high cannabinoid and terpene levels within a shorter time frame outdoors. Consumers benefit from the nutrient-richness of using natural sun and soil, and producers benefit from more yields a year. It’s also less expensive than indoor cultivation.

Golden Tarp Awards flier

Light dep practices began taking root in the Emerald Triangle’s cannabis community in the early 2010s—particularly in Humboldt. By using this method growers have been able to produce quality weed with high cannabinoid and terpene levels on par with indoor-grown weed. However light dep farmers weren’t being recognized for the high levels of craft they were achieving.

“We created the Golden Tarp awards to recognize producers who grow phenomenal light dep cannabis flowers and have developed best practices for healthy, quality cannabis for generations,” said Kevin Jodrey, Cultivation Director of Wonderland Nursery, and co-founder of The Ganjier. “Our goal is to recognize these farmers while introducing consumers to the importance and benefits of light dep cannabis grown outdoors with sunlight and healthy nutrient-dense soil that is free of chemicals, pesticides and pollutants.”

Judge the 2017 Golden Tarp Awards

Sure there’s a select group of industry insiders judging this year’s Golden Tarp Award and of course it’ll be live-streamed so you can smoke along. But what’s really cool is that YOU have a chance to be randomly selected as a judge right as you walk through the door of the even on Nov. 18. Yup you’ll be taken to the judge’s hall where you’ll join all the other elite cannabis connoisseurs to sample and score the top 16 entries. Not only are these the entries super dank they’re also lab tested—under strict guidelines that recognize biodynamic farming methods unlike many other competitions—to ensure safety and consistency. So only the best and safest weed will meet each judges lips who’ll rate it all based on four categories; Floral, Fuel, Earth, Fruity and make their own personal choice for which entry is best in show. And you’ll be live-streamed along with all the other judges as well as guest hosts, some interviews and some industry insights. For more information visit

Will you be attending the Golden Tarp Awards 2017, have you gone to any of these events in the past? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from ya. 

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