Jake Browne, former strain critic for the Cannabist, didn’t spend much time moping after the publication’s staff was dismantled earlier this year. He wanted to focus on his own growth — and everyone else’s, for that matter.

Browne and his fiancée, Samantha Taylor, have been expanding their unique cannabis cultivation competition, the Grow-Off, outside of Colorado since they founded it in 2016, with contests in California that match commercial growers against each other with the same mystery genetics; they also have a home-grow competition going on in the South. Westword chatted with Browne to learn more about his appreciation for fine herb and the difficulty of cannabis cultivation.

Read the full interview at Westword.