Cannabis growers in the Kootenays will be able to learn what it will take to transition their existing grow infrastructure to fit into the legal market during a free Zoom seminar at 1pm on Monday, July 13.
Started by two brothers who say they fell in love with Salt Spring Island and its potential for great outdoor cannabis, Good Buds is now a 17.3 acre outdoor cannabis farm working on its second outdoor crop, along with a modest indoor space, located on Salt Spring Island, BC.
While legalization has created many new opportunities for people who were not previously involved with the cannabis industry, British Columbia is unique in how many cannabis dispensaries and retailers have successfully made the transition from the illegal to the legal market.
Weathered Islands bills itself as focussing on Legendary Texada Genetics, especially those bred for success outdoors in Canada’s climate, and plans on soon beginning to supply both commercial growers as well as home growers with unique, robust outdoor genetics.
Habitat’s small indoor facility, a retrofit of the same building that once housed their MMAR operations, is home to about 1,000ft2 of flowering space for their cannabis, which is fertilized by a certified organic aquaponic system raising Coho salmon in large tanks.
By taking samples of a plant and sending it in as a tissue culture sample, ProgenyBio could then ‘clean’ the plants of various negative pathogens that can affect plant health and productivity, before returning a fully rooted sample the grower could then continue to grow out.
An organization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is seeking to address some of the challenges the neighbourhood residents are facing when it comes to accessing cannabis legally, by connecting legal home growers with those in need of cannabis.
Craft Depot currently works with over 100 cannabis licence holders, both cultivators and the processors seeking to buy their product. Aldred says his goal is to help cultivators who are focussed on growing to navigate the often confusing world of wholesale sales and distribution.
GTEC Holding’s success in the “small batch” indoor cannabis markets, says Singhavon, can provide some valuable lessons for new licence holders entering the legal cannabis market, especially micro cultivators focusing on quality product.
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.