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Green Meadows Farm - The Benefits of Growing Cannabis Organically
On the latest episode of Grow Sessions we welcome Rob Patton & Josh Turner of Green Meadows. In an episode entitled, “The Benefits of Growing Cannabis Organically,” we learn how Green Meadow’s grows their high-quality cannabis using organic & regenerative farming methods.
Topics include conventional cannabis cultivation vs. organic cultivation, what it takes to classify as an organic business, how to reduce carbon footprint & how Green Meadows helps educate consumers on how to grow their own cannabis, while contributing to charities such as Veteran’s Aide to help give back to the community.
If you are a grower, owner of a facility or just interested in the industry, you don’t want to miss this episode.
Robert R. “Rob” Patton is co-founder & CMO at Green Meadows. As CMO, Rob leads all sales & marketing activities; dispensary efforts that generate in-store revenue; community engagement; wholesale activities, including both the procurement of partner products to be sold at the dispensary as well as cannabis produced by Green Meadows.
Joshua Turner is VP of Cultivation. His experience with cultivating cannabis began in the '90s. During graduate school, his first research projects with cannabis was to study environmental restoration from contaminated soils. He moved to Nevada and began designing & building cannabis facilities. In 2016, he helped found & build Woodman Peak Farms in CA. His genetics have won awards for concentrates & flower.
In 2020, he took his operation to MA and managed cultivation of hemp. He worked with MDAR to educate farmers on hemp cultivation & certified genetics. It was his love for organic cultivation and the close-knit family culture that brought him to where he is today. At Green Meadows he oversees the fully organic, living soil cultivation operation.
About Green Meadows: Green Meadows is a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Southbridge, MA, committed to providing customers & medical patients the highest quality cannabis through curation & cultivation. Green Meadows’ organic cannabis is grown in a 35,000-square-foot cannabis facility that sits in the same restored 19th century mill building as its dispensary. The facility has been designed to deploy organic & environmentally responsible methods, which includes a patent-pending fertigation system, integrated pest management program that exceeds Clean Green Certification standards, as well as new processes for fertilizer use, propagation, & soil blending. Founded by the Patton family, Green Meadows is committed to veteran & diversity employment, continued scientific study of potential benefits of cannabis in treating conditions of urgent importance to improving the quality of care for veterans.
History of Military & Veteran Support: Green Meadows is owned and operated by descendants of WWII General George S. Patton and is founded on the Patton family’s heritage of veteran advocacy, community service & organic agriculture. The Patton family’s support for military veterans dates back generations. It grew stronger considering the difficult experiences and related burdens of PTSD endured by many veterans of the Iraq-Afghanistan era.
George S. Patton IV, father of Chairman Bob Patton, founded Green Meadows Farm as an organic fruit & vegetable farm after retiring as army major-general in 1980, where he named its fields for soldiers who lost their lives under his command in Vietnam. Combining his devotion to organic, sustainable agriculture with the medical potential of cannabis for veterans & others was the inspiration behind the family’s cannabis venture.
For more information, visit: https://greenmeadows.com/
Mike Sarro, RX Green Technologies - Moisture Management & Cannabis Plant Health - Increase Production/Revenue (Part Two)
Mike Sarro of RX Green Technologies joins Tony Pavlakis for part two of his discussion on “Moisture Management and Cannabis Plant Health." In today's episode, we discuss the five variables to maximize plant growth: light, humidity, temp, CO2 and water (nutrients). Other topics include: production costs, how to measure your production - pounds per light, grams/watt and grams per sq. foot, should growers lower their expenses or increase their production to maximize revenue and how saving money can cost you in the long run. We will also talk about why LED lights are the only way to grow in 2022 and beyond. If you are a cultivator, facility owner or anyone interested in commercial cultivation, you won’t want to miss this episode.
More About Mike Sarro, Plant Specialist, RX Green Technologies
Mike Sarro comes from a diverse business, technology and science background. Prior to joining the industry, he spent 10+ years working with both amateur and elite athletes performing 1000’s of hours of testing on how key minerals, carbs, fats, proteins and rest enhance athletic performance.
When the industry was coming of age commercially back in 2012 he knew his technical skills and experience in exercise physiology would cross over to plant physiology as he saw a strong correlation between human cells and plants cells.
Over the last six years covering markets in the Eastern US and Canada, he manages over 2.5 million square feet of cannabis cultivation including indoor, outdoor and greenhouse canopies with all media and lighting conditions as a Plant Specialist with RX Green Technologies.
RX Green Technologies specializes in Nutrients, IPM and Media with over 6.5 million square feet of commercial cultivation on its regimen.
Rx Green Technologies, is dedicated to designing products for testing. Our robust product testing platform allows us to deliver solutions for growers that are easy to use and drive results in commercial operations. We conduct trials on all aspects of product performance, generating insights that allow you to maximize your plant’s performance via our solutions. For a closer look at our R&D visit: https://www.rxgreentechnologies.com/about/rd/
Kim Gibson, Gibby's Garden - The Challenges & Rewards of Creating a Small Cannabis Business
On the latest episode of Grow Sessions we welcome Kim Gibson of Gibby's Garden, the first family-owned cannabis business and first licensed micro business in the state of Massachusetts. In this informative discussion, Kim will discuss the unique challenges Gibby's had to overcome to get where they are today in an episode entitled, "The Challenges & Rewards of Creating a Small Cannabis Business."
Topics in this episode include pointers and recommendations to others thinking of opening a cannabis business, an overview of the license and fit-up process with pointers and recommendations, the responsibility they feel to assist and partner with other small cannabis establishments to help drive this new industry in a healthy direction and their drive to hold onto the respect for and purity of this God-given herb that is destined to help all of mankind...if mankind will just get out of the way and much, much more.
If you are a cannabis grower thinking of opening your own cannabis business, you don’t want to miss this episode.
About Kim Gibson
• Kim is a licensed builder and has been designing and building data centers for the last 25 years for a Central MA company. She has been transitioning out of this position over the last six months and is happy to have only one full-time position on the horizon!.
• Her education is in Secondary Science Education with a minor in Microbiology undertaken at Oregon State University.
• Kim’s heart is in the medicinal end of the Cannabis industry. She has been producing herbal remedies from herbs in the Gibson home Gardens for decades, so the transition to Cannabis has been a natural move.
• Kim manages the overall licensing and business aspect of paperwork, filing and registrations for Gibby’s.
• Beyond continuing to nurture the relationships with our partners, Kim is planning to form an organization of small Cannabis establishments that will encourage further partnerships and give us a stronger voice beside the corporate cannabis groups as this industry continues to be formed.
About Gibby's Garden
Gibby’s Garden LLC is the first Cannabis Microbusiness Establishment in Massachusetts. Gibby’s received Commence Operations from the state of MA on Dec. 31, 2019. Gibby’s is a family operated business owned by Kim and Fred Gibson and their son Joseph Gibson with Kim being the majority owner.
Gibby’s Garden Microbusiness:
• Gibby's grow facility is located in Uxbridge, MA and is approximately 11,000 SF split between administrative spaces, grow room, production rooms and storage. We are currently beginning the fit-up of our final two flower rooms which will cap us at the 5,000 SF of grow when complete summer of 2022.
• Kim’s background in construction has saved in design and permit set costs. Joe and Fred performed as much of the initial construction as possible.
To learn more about Kim Gibson and Gibby's Garden, please visit www.gibbysgardenma.com. Gibby's welcomes other cultivators to visit their grow and learn more about what it took to get where they are today.
DiAnA McElroy Higher High, LLC - Focusing on the Positive Impact of Cannabis to Society
On the latest episode of Grow Sessions we welcome DiAnA McElroy of Higher High, LLC in an informal discussion about fostering a better understanding of the cannabis plants potential in an episode entitled, “Focusing on the Positive Impact of Cannabis to Society.”
Topics in this episode include cannabis as a medicine, removing the stigma in the cannabis industry, educating the public on the benefits of cannabis, what it’s like to work in this growing industry and much, much more.
If you work in the cannabis industry or an advocate of cannabis use you won't want to miss this episode.
About DiAnA McElroy and Higher High, LLC
DiAnA McElroy is the Founder and CEO of Higher High, LLC a consulting firm focused on the needs of new startups.
DiAnA was the Community Outreach Specialist for TerrAscend New Jersey. She is a well-respected cannabis professional who had split her time between the Apothecarium dispensaries and the grow facility in Boonton township. Her role within the organization was to be a bridge between the community and the company, as well as liaison with various media outlets. She has served on multiple advisory boards and as the SME for local police departments on the ever-changing legal landscape.
DiAnA believes that education and open and honest conversations are the only way to remove the stigma and misinformation around cannabis, so that qualified patients can find the right medication.
To learn more about DiAnA McElroy and Higher High LLC, please visit her on LInkedin or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Simner & Leon Steinberg - How to Raise Financing for Your Cannabis Business
On our latest episode of Grow Sessions we welcome Jay Simner & Leon Steinberg in an informative episode entitled, “How to Raise Financing for Your Cannabis Business.”
Raising money to open or scale a cannabis business can be challenging, especially with U.S. banking restrictions, but there are proven ways to secure financing. Today we will talk about insights into equipment financing and the steps required to purchase equipment once your license has been procured. Topics will include: steps and information required by lender/lessor, raising equity, lease terms and rates and how you can get your cannabis business up and running.
If you are a cannabis grower, owner of a facility or thinking of opening your own cannabis business, you don’t want to miss this episode.
About Jay Simner
Jay Simner, is the founder and Managing Member of Chicago based Cencor Capital, LLC. Cencor provides funding for a variety of capital equipment in multiple industries, including essential equipment used in the cannabis industry. From 1994-2009, Jay was one of the original principal owners of Relational Funding Corporation, acquired by interests of the Pritzker family office. Jay has worked in the equipment leasing industry his entire career and holding positions with Computer Leasing, Inc., Heller Financial and GE Capital.
Jay holds a BS degree in Accounting and Finance from Syracuse University.
About Leon Steinberg
Leon Steinberg is the founder and Managing Member of New Jersey based Three Point Capital, LLC, which he started in 2011. Three Point arranges leases for an array of essential use equipment for middle market and emerging growth companies, including Cannabis companies. Leon has worked his entire career in the equipment leasing industry. He applies his experience and knowledge to help customers best utilize their budgeted capital to acquire equipment in the most optimal way.
Jay and Leon, who previously worked for many years for the same employers before founding Cencor and Three Point, respectively, have established a joint venture, pooling their expertise and resources, in order to better serve the emerging Cannabis industry.
To learn more about Cencor Capital visit: www.cencorcapital.com
To learn more about Three Point Capital, visit: www.3ptcapital.com
Sam Milton, Enlighten Your Grow - Earning Free Money - How to Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency Programs for Your Cannabis Cultivation Facility
On our latest episode of Grow Sessions we welcome Sam Milton of Enlighten Your Grow in an insightful conversation about energy efficiency programs and how growers can save by growing efficiently. Join us in our new episode entitled, "Earning Free Money - How to Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency Programs for Your Cannabis Facility."
Utilities are exploring new ways to help cannabis growers better manage their energy use as legalization leads to rapid expansion of cannabis facilities across the country. They realize that grid resources may not be able to sustain energy demands if left unmanaged. For this reason, commercial growers are eligible to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in rebates and incentives from energy efficiency providers for installing energy-efficient technology, such as LED lighting.
Topics in this episode include: industry trends, making good decisions and growing sustainably, how to save energy without leaving money on the table, state energy programs – where to start and how they work, how much growers can save and how, and much more.
If you are a cannabis grower, owner of a facility or thinking of opening your own cannabis business, you don’t want to miss this episode.
About Sam Milton
Enlighten Your Grow
a project of Climate Resources Group
Sam Milton is Principal of Climate Resources Group (CRG), a New England-based firm with a focus on identifying solutions at the intersection of climate and energy. Through CRG’s grower advisory service, Enlighten Your Grow, his team guides cultivators on approaches to optimize their grow operations and works with stakeholders to advance lower-impact best practices. Sam has been active in cannabis and energy policy across New England and serves as policy advisor to the Resource Innovation Institute, a national not-for-profit organization that champions energy efficiency best practices for data, policy and operations for the cannabis industry.
To learn more about Enlighten Your Grow, visit www.enlightenyourgrow.com