A collection of outdoor cannabis growers in BC’s Kootenay region are pooling resources to get their crop to market this fall.
Budding Gardens was started by Jim Vanden Berg in early 2019. He’s currently growing out his first crop of Bruce Banner inside his 12,000 ft greenhouse located just outside Calgary, Alberta.
Approved for a micro cultivation license in May 2020, Saffer-Spiro’s Willow Weed is a passion project of he and his father. The father and son team have spent the last year constructing a space to house their 200m2 of outdoor production space and indoor drying and storage room, building around old barns and rock walls and integrating the new space into the old farm.
Wilson says he’s a plant enthusiast in general and became more aware of the cannabis industry when he worked as an healthcare advisor to Bedrocan in 2014, based on his experience in the pharmaceutical industry and his love for plants.
ANC’s retrofitted facility currently includes, along with the associated administrative space, four flowering rooms, one vegging room, and one propagation room, all within their 200m2 allowance as a micro cultivation licence holder.
While most larger licence holders may build out complex and expensive facilities, Sea Dog Farm’s approach is a testament to coming at the process from a much more manageable and affordable scale, while still satisfying the regulatory requirements.
Licenced in July 2019, North 40 Cannabis has made a splash with their high quality, small batch products. Gord Nichol is proud of his company’s achievements, and remains cautiously optimistic about the future of the cannabis market for other small scale growers like North 40.