My journey began in 1973 when I met Abuelo Garcia, a 5th generation cannabis farmer from Mexico. Abuelo took me under his wing and taught me his method of organic cannabis farming which was based on layering of amendments in a 3' X3' hole using loam, fish heads, kelp, different types of manure, He also used bacteria and fungus obtained from naturally established colonies under trees and near creek beds. He taught me to use alfalfa and willow branch steeps as a growth accelerator.
My first solo grow was in 1975 in the San Jose Ca hills where I grew a Santa Marta gold and Hawaiian plants. The grow went stellar and produced many LB's of fantastic buds. Keepin mind that at that time the VAST majority of available weed was brick imports. Granted lots of it was really good columbian or high grade Mexican but ," SInsemilla" was something rare and coveted.
When I hit the streets with my buds people were stunned and I was selling it like hotcakes for a high price.
Getting an OZ into the hands of a well respected local grower and nursery supply owner he was VERY impressed with my skills and called the end result some, "Green Wizard Shit!"
I already had the name Kendo from my Martial Arts endeavors and so the nickname became,"Kendo Green Wizard"
The following year I hooked up with a cute female who's uncles were Santa Cruz growers of Purple Haze who were impressed with the 1976 years harvest and put me to work with them at their Santa Cruz spots.
I ended up establishing a great relationship with them and went to Mendocino, Trinity and Humboldt with them to help their friends harvest and trim.
A couple of years of XLNT adventures and growth helped me to establish a solid grow knowledge base and I followed up with Guerrilla grow operations in the Santa Cruz mountains in the following years.