"All my life, I've lived A Monk Swimming."       Malachy McCourt

 I got the name in the mid 70's from a friend who is a NYC session musician. The distinct spelling is a reference to the song “Son of Mr. Greengenes” by composer Frank Zappa. At that time, I was deep into many cannabis breeding projects and could supply the top shelf product that session players preferred. I had a long ponytail and wore dyed green painters overalls. I looked like I'd just strolled into downtown NYC from the hills. When I joined the community (think it was mid '04) I revived the nick and have been using it ever since online in various discussion forums. There is a band that goes by the same name, but any cannabis related people other than me are either imposters or ignorant newbies. As I said, I've been Mr. Greengenes since the 70's.

I originally joined the forums with the thought of practicing for writing a book. Since I flower plants very early in small containers, my methods work well for small home grows with just a few modifications. My plan was to get it touch with the community and learn as much as possible about modern growing methods, so that I could advise and write about them as well.

Dealers and growers can survive a brush with the law much easier than breeders. Seeds are intellectual property. Unless a breeder is part of a collective and keeps backup genetics at various sites, he can lose decades of work.

This unfortunate reality has created a situation where the OG's, the most experienced breeders of cannabis in the world, are reclusive and reluctant to be identified.

What amazes me is how many of us there actually are. You might think I was the only person in NYC who was even growing indoors under HID's in the mid 70's. I recently found that Soma was probably growing only a few blocks from my place. I've talked to some older northern California breeders on OG and ICMag going by various nicks. Spending decades of work on cannabis genetics gives us much in common.

Mary Jane is very generous, not just physically, but intellectually as well. We only need to take the time to listen and learn. For me personally, the most important and difficult lesson has been the need to share my hard work with genetic material freely rather than hoard it for profit or status.