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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
Besikof selects Lily Espinoza and Ashish Sahni for Laney VP positions
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • May 13, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
‘We’re still rising’: BCC celebrates 50th anniversary
College throws block party and breaks ground on new building
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor • May 6, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024

Merritt’s Cannabis Cultivation class set to begin

Two part course starts Saturday, March 27th
Merritt horticulture professor Matthew Witemyre tending to some green friends in Florida. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Witemyre)

For those interested in broadening their cannabis horizons, Merritt College’s Landscape Horticulture Department is offering a 12 hour online community-based course over two days conducted by horticulturist Instructor, Matthew Witemyre.

The Spring 2021 Cannabis Class is titled “Cultivating Cannabis for the Home Gardener” and will focus on integrating cannabis into your backyard garden, best practices for environmentally sustainable cultivation, as well as instructions for making your own basic topical and edible extractions. 

Witemyre possesses 15 years of experience working in the cannabis industry and has worked with groups including The Marijuana Policy Project and the UFCW Local 5 to organize cannabis workers along with other cannabis advocacy groups. Through this course Witemyre hopes to “increase resilience and self sufficiency in the community to be able to produce your own, frankly, really valuable agricultural commodity in your own backyard.” 

The class will feature industry leading guest speakers such as Johanna Silver (author of Growing Weed in the Garden), Dr. Kay Watt (botanical geneticist at Dark Heart Nursery) and Dr. Amanda Reiman (Vice President of Community Relations at Flow Kana,). 

Students interested in attending the Spring 2021 Cannabis Class can sign up for $120 dollars on, and look forward to class starting Saturday March 27th and reconvening Saturday April 3rd. 

About the Contributor
Derek Sylvester
Derek Sylvester, Managing Editor
Crashing into the Journalism scene late last year, Derek Sylvester throws his charisma into any project he touches. Whether it be a detailed article on the intricacies of our ever changing society, or a video about his favorite type of bread (Artisano Wheat), you can always expect to be thrown out of the box when consuming his content.
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