Nested deep in the small community of Spot Valley, St. James lays one of the most recognized cannabis farmers in Jamaica. With years of experience in cultivating cannabis, I&I Genetics has helped to set a standard for upcoming and potential cannabis farmers.
Road to becoming I&I Genetics
Born in Montego Bay, he learned how to be a farmer before moving to Bronx, New York, where a passion for food led him to pursue the culinary arts and subsequently graduated from four culinary Institutions. Andre had long since taken an interest in Ganja but it wasn’t before a trip to Amsterdam, Holland that he first considered farming his own herbs.
Educated, confident and determined, Andre began his mission to be the best ganja grower on the island upon his return. Fast forward some years, Andre now 40 and a former member of the Ganja Growers and Producers Association has created over 57 strains. Driven by the same passion which led to his culinary expertise, he is constantly learning to improve his craft.
Q: What is the key to growing high grade herb?
A: Knowing the elements the type of soil and most importantly timing the elements; (there is) your environment, your water, your soil. Everything your plant will get nutrients from. Timing is critical, you have to know what your plants will need and when, something that you only get from trial and error.
A naturalist with respect to farming, Andre uses no artificial chemicals on his plants and pest control is handled using a special organic compound which he kept classified as a trade secret.
Andre is a proud farmer, believing that every crop has its own unique value, he himself keeps no favorites. His farm can yield over 10lbs in one harvest, “it depends on whether I’m growing for weight or for quality” he says “But I always try to go for quality”.
Andre got into the business through a love for the herb and his people. His event, the Sensimilla cup was an embodiment of Andre’s will to share what he knows and what he grows with everyone, locals and tourist alike. Looking to the future, Andre’s wish is to achieve his goal of being the best grower possible with all the best strains.