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This podcast aims to combat the misleading information about controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) by providing listeners with facts and information about the subject. If you’re interested in learning more about topics like urban farming, greenhouse growing, etc., then this is the agriculture podcast for you!
 
Listen to Nick Swartz tell stories about his life. From growin' up in the small VA mountain town of Clifton Forge to his entry into and career in the tattoo industry. All the rough upbringin', punk rock, family, country, skateboardin', good eatin', blues, ass-kickin', tattooed, hard to believe but addictin' to perceive bullshit that can be packed into each episode. His brother Josh helps out and the guests are the best of the best.
 
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Just before the big Alley Cat Tattoo Twentieth Anniversary Celebration in Rocktown - Harrisonburg, V.A. - Nick got a visit from a good friend Evan and his brother Corey from back in the day. This is an episode of memories and stories and talkin' shit about cops and folks and just kickin' it for a damn long and entertaining bullshit session. If you'…
 
Entrepreneurial and innovative Operations Executive in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry with documented excellence designing, building, and managing day-to-day operations for cannabis and agriculture centric companies. Advanced knowledge of all aspects of profitable operations in the cannabis and non-cannabis controlled environ…
 
It has been a while, but Joe Capobianco is back on the podcast to hang out with Nick to drink some whiskey, unload some stories and tell it like it is about quite a few things. When these two get conversin' it just doesn't slow down until it's over. Tons of tattoo history talk here and lots of discussion about the way things were and how they're go…
 
Choosing the right one for your growing operation ensures the utmost success. In this episode, we’ll cover 3 greenhouse types and each one’s pros and cons so you can select the ideal one for your garden. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nic…
 
Now that we're right up in the celebrations of Alley Cat Tattoo's twentieth anniversary, Nick recorded with someone who was there right at the beginning while he was visiting Richmond. Keith is a long time friend of the shop and was around when things were just kickin' off. You get to hear about some of the old days when there was a quite different…
 
Growers require ongoing education to stay aware of quick-moving developments in technology. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)…
 
Jason Hobbie returns after a million years ago having done an episode of NLJBS. In that legendary first one, the discussion focused a lot on his time coming up in Roanoke, VA and then several other shops, but stopped just short of opening Absolute Art in Richmond. So does this one pick up the timeline there? NO! We're livin' in the now on this one …
 
Microgreens are growing in popularity because of their unbeatable health benefits and nutrition-packed capabilities. In this podcast, we’ll cover what you can expect when starting a microgreens business and how to be successful in your expenditure. More about Roberto Meza: Website: https://www.emeraldgardens.farm/ More about Joe Swartz: Website: ht…
 
Back in the early days of the podcast, we were honored to have sat down for a while with one of the old school tattooers down in Richmond. Frank Mills, rest in peace, had us over at his place to hang out and see some old stuff and hear some old tales. Mr. David Boysno and the one and only George Archer joined us in this discussion. You'll hear all …
 
Christina M. Johnson is a plant biologist with her mind fixed in space. In April of 2010 she watched her plants blast into orbit on the Space Shuttle Discovery. She spent the next several years analyzing those samples for her PhD, where she learned about the impact of microgravity on the cellular structure and molecular functions in young plants. S…
 
The boys are back at it again in Clifton Forge. Nick was in the town he grew up in again for a family trip and though he was just on here, Dewayne returns to No Lies Just Bullshit for even more shenanigans. This time the Boar's Nest is fully operational and the guys waste no time filling it with cigar smoke, bourbon-fueled tales and brotherly bulls…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick will cover the differences between hydroponics vs soil growing and the advantages of hydroponics growing. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Blog: https://www…
 
It's that time of year for the busiest tattooer on the East Coast to take a little vacation with his wife and child, so when Mr. Chris Porter hits the surf and sand, he gets excellent tattooers to fill in for him. This week you get to hear from one of these gentlemen: Jason McGarry to be exact, comin' at ya all the way from Three Rivers Tattoo in P…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick give you examples of industry goals and helping you understand the design process. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.co…
 
Foster is a legend down in Roanoke, VA where Nick used to live and they've been friends for a good, long time. He's played in a bunch of different bands and some of them were with Brian Gray, who used to tattoo at Alley Cat. Well, Nick and Foster get into all kinds of good stories about music and partyin' and all the things you love to listen to on…
 
Dr. Nadia Sabeh (A.K.A. “Dr. Greenhouse”) is President and Founder of Dr. Greenhouse, Inc., an agricultural and mechanical engineering firm located in Sacramento, CA that specializes in the design of HVAC systems for indoor plant environments. She is considered the subject matter expert in the field of controlled environment agriculture (CEA). More…
 
Long time fans of the show are getting to know Uncle Dave very well by now. Always down for a great conversation covering a wide range of topics, Uncle Dave and Nick have been friends for almost twenty years and you can hear it in the stories. This one is no different, my friends. You know what to expect, and if you don't - then kick back, grab a d…
 
In this episode Nick interviews Roberto Meza and Donnie Greens about the microgreens business. More about Donnie Greens: Website: https://donnygreens.com/ More about Roberto Meza: Website: https://www.emeraldgardens.farm/ More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://ww…
 
If you've listened to NLJBS long enough, you've heard mention of ol' Dewayne here. Cousin to Nick through the Nicely family by way of the VanNess family, this is someone who grew up with the host of your favorite podcast and raised all kinds o' hell with him. There's quite a few of those stories packed in here as well as a whole hell of a lot of re…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Vijay Rapaka, experienced technical professional, passionate and motivated to deliver commercial value through research and innovation. Skilled in Research and New Product Development, Strategic Planning, and Research Management. Successfully developed and launched several ground breaking technologies. More ab…
 
It's a big crew hangout podcast this time y'all. NLJBS veteran Mr. John Glessner was tattooing at Alley Cat and havin' a good old time. Andrew was working on Mark's back some more so Taylor got tattoed as well. Mark was on the show not too long ago. And nearby hair stylist (the Honeycomb in Charlottesville) Anna Comarovschi was getting tattooed as …
 
In this episode Joe and Nick give updates on the hydroponic industry and talk about growing food indoors. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nick…
 
It's the "birth of a nation" or rather, our nation's birthday to be more precise, and Nick and Alley Cat Tattoo's very own Chris Porter are returning from a shindig at Sara Pennington's place when they decide to bust out the device for the inaugural NLJBS road session. That's right, this one is coming to you live from inside Nick's caddie for the f…
 
Mark's background in operations and finance, mixed with his entrepreneurial spirit, makes him a dynamic leader. He always takes the time to get to know both his employees and customers, adding a personal touch to the company. More about Mark Thomas: Website: https://www.garfieldproduce.com More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitte…
 
If you've listened long enough, you know Nick's gonna hit VA Beach at some point every year and he always comes back with some great podcasts. Having already done some great episodes with Tony Riccio of Saltwater Tattoo, it's time to hear from the other main man, Mike Rickards. We get some great history and great stories from Mike and Nick and then…
 
That's right. Slim. Motherfucking. Brown! Back on NLJBS, talkin' with Nick for a few hours and it's non-stop, man. Slim goes hard and there's not a millisecond of dead air to be found. This episode is super special, not only to have the privilege of the wisdom and whim of Slim, but you can hear throughout the sounds of a tattoo being executed by th…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick continue interviewing Richard Vollebregt, President & CEO of Cravo Equipment Ltd, a company that develops retractable roof production systems to enhance berry, cherry, cannabis and vegetable production for growers worldwide. His background in economics combined with 30+ years of experience designing automated retractabl…
 
Beau returns for another absolutely awesome episode. Nick travelled down to Richmond to Absolute Art and recorded a farewell podcast with Beau Beau so you won't wanna miss it. That's right he's kickin' down to the deep south, way past the borders of this country and a few more. Listen in to hear all about it, as well as some Avail tales and discuss…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Richard Vollebregt, President & CEO of Cravo Equipment Ltd, a company that develops retractable roof production systems to enhance berry, cherry, cannabis and vegetable production for growers worldwide. His background in economics combined with 30+ years of experience designing automated retractable roof green…
 
Mrs. Diane Laws is one of those mentors who had an impact on so many young people it would be impossible to count. Well, if you've ever wondered how Nick got to be the charismatic host of your favorite podcast, this is definitely one of those guests who influenced him the most. Sit back and listen to some of those tales as you get to know a wonderf…
 
Joey Knuckles made the journey back down to Alley Cat Tattoo and this time things get a bit out of this world. Lots of great stories throughout the episode, but more importantly are some crazy topics that will free your mind into thinking the way it was supposed to. Three or four of his homies are hangin' at the same time. No Shop Talk this week, s…
 
Jake attended Michigan State University where he earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in horticulture. He has nine years of experience across a variety of specialties including agriculture, agronomy, entomology, and viticulture. During his early career in Michigan he worked for Michigan State University, AgroLiquid, and the U.S. Departmen…
 
It's the return of Rob Kinzel from the Body Gallery in Leesburg, VA. He and his piercer, Lucy, travel down to the NLJBS studios to hang out with Nick and when these two get together you know the stories just don't end. There's a ton of industry talk and excellent tales in this one, so definitely check it out. Porter and Andrew will be back soon to …
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Alex McMeekin a grower in Canada. More about Alex McMeekin LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-mcmeekin-15bbb190/ More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Inf…
 
Nick sits down with Australian tattooer Will Brown and they shoot the shit for a good long while. He's been tattooing at some of the greatest shops all over our country, along with his wife who also appears on this episode. Check this out and you'll hear some excellent tales about a lot of people you already know. There's not a Shop Talk this time …
 
Gene Giacomelli is a Professor in Biosystems Engineering for interdisciplinary education, research and outreach program for greenhouse and other advanced technology systems. He received a Ph.D. in Horticultural Engineering from Rutgers University in 1983. He also has a Master's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of California-Da…
 
The Thirty Year Reaper himself, Chris "Big Tats" Porter has a hell of a hangout session with Nick with a whole ton o' stories and memories from over the years of Alley Cat Tattoo. Richie stops by for the last hour and receives much love and listens to some wild tales up close and personal with the perpetrators themselves. It's a Nick and Porter duo…
 
G&V Greenhouse Solutions has been meeting customer needs all over the world for 16 years. They are focused on providing greenhouse structures, greenhouse construction greenhouse project supervision, and all greenhouse installation services . They are proud of our knowledge and experience thru our Dutch heritage and American business style. They emp…
 
If you missed the first one a couple weeks ago, check it out. Mark Bell of Main St. Tattoo in Salem, VA is back to talk a whole lotta shit with Nick about their time working together in Roanoke and so much more. The Alley Cat crew comes back in off and on throughout just like last time. Mark is a long time friend of everyone involved in the shop an…
 
Murat Kacira is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and also a faculty member in Controlled Environment Agriculture Center program at The University of Arizona. He received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering in Cukurova University in Turkey and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Food, Agricultural and Biologi…
 
As things slowly wind down and back to normal and folks begin to do a bit of traveling once again, guests will often arrive at Alley Cat Tattoo in Harrisonburg, VA to see for themselves the legendary collection of art and artists and they are never disappointed. Often times, as is the case here, those travelers are great friends both new and old. T…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Stephen Ritz about urban farming and growing food in classrooms. Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes which they had neve…
 
After a bit of a hiatus, Mary Jane returns to the show. And whenever that happens, you know there's gonna be some storytellin' about the old days and whatever these two decide to talk about. Well, in this episode, it's a lot of Mary Jane asking Nick all kinds of questions about some of the characters that populate Nick's years growin' up in Clifton…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Jenn Frymark from Gotham Greens. Green produce starts with green decisions. Gotham Greens indoor farming facilities are sun (and wind) powered, and climate controlled for a year-round growing season. This means they can provide clean, sustainable and quality food to the communities. Any time, anywhere. More ab…
 
The founders of Key City Tattoo in Frederick, MD have a bullshit session with Nick for this episode and it's a great one. John Rippey and Gary Gerhardt are both MD natives who worked at local Frederick shops and other regional shops with a lot of history before opening Key City together. Now they have a yearly mini-convention and are regular Shop T…
 
Dan Ovadya stumbled into his career passion growing super sweet Chandler strawberries in low tech greenhouses on the Israel-Jordan border in 1991. That dusty summer was the start of his journey into agriculture and have since accumulated 30 years of experience with control environment crop production, research, and development. More about Dan Ovady…
 
Southern Legend Rodney Raines of Ace Custom Tattoo in Charlotte, NC and the excellent Darcey Nutt of Chalice Tattoo in Boise, ID were up above VA and Nick was on the road, so they met up and discussed tons of kickass tattoo past as well as pondered the future of conventions and shops moving forward past these fucked up times. It's a killer conversa…
 
It has been a while since Joey Knuckles was on the show, and this time he comes to the NLJBS studios to hang out with Nick and the Alley Cat crew. He's got a book about Stoney St. Clair that showcases much of Joey's collection of Stoney's stuff back at his shop High Street Tattoo in Columbus, OH. There's a ton of tattoo history talk and some never …
 
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