Growing from a Small Growing Venture into a Bigger One

A few years back, when things got legalized in Oregon, everyone flooded into the marketplace to get a little piece of the pie. Who would not? There are worse things to do than figuring out how to grow something that you might be using recreationally or medicinally. What they did not tell you is that there would be so many of you all at once. They also did not tell you that finding a spot to grow things would be difficult because of zoning issues and the fact that some landlords did not want “your type” in their building. All in all, if you survived the first few years in any state after legalization then you deserve a pat on the back. It probably was extremely difficult and the fact that you cannot write off your expenses or labor came as a shock and you had to find a way to survive that as well.

If you survived that initial run and watched some of your competitors leave the marketplace then you are probably ready to move up to a bigger operation. You probably are starting to think about growing in a way that is scalable. Maybe you had the tent on Amazon that gave you just about everything you needed to grow some product but now, within the law of your state or not, depending on who you are and how well you hide it (of course, we do not condone this as a business for legal reasons), you want to scale up your business.

Scaling Up Your Business

One of the best ways to scale your business is literally to grow up and higher. Why? Your product is physical, therefore, it needs physical space. If you have people working for you then you need them to be able to traverse around the area where you grow. You also need space to put your favorite growing supplements like Big Bud, Floragro, some Cal-Mag supplement, or whatever it is you use as your mixture to get your product to grow. You know as well as we do that these are big and unwieldy cans, bottles, or whatever the case might be. In short, real estate is at a premium, especially if you are big enough to produce your own solar power or if you are capturing the water runoff you are using and then reusing it again. Space is at a premium and maybe that extra bit of space can produce more product, within your state law’s parameters, that you can sell. Maybe it is another variety or strain of Marijuana you want to grow. Whatever the case may be, growing up and higher is the best possible solution for you.

What are your choices?

The question you have to ask yourself, at this point, is how big of an operation am I going to be in the next phase? Of course, the local government might tell you but, ultimately you make the decision which dictates what sort of rack you should get. There is a mobile grow rack that is good for intermediate to beginner growing operations then there is the vertical grow rack. There is a little bit of a misnomer as it relates to the vertical grow rack because it makes it sound like a mobile system cannot have more than one to two levels. In fact, there is a mobile racking unit that is motorized that eliminates aisles in your facility. You turn a wheel and you can access your product because the entire row will move to the side. The wheel or turning action can be manual or electric if you are wondering. A system like that can get up to 20 to 30 feet but you may have to check with your local fire department to see how high you can actually get your product in your specific building. The other version of a mobile rack is probably the one you have in your head. It is on wheels and can be moved around an area fairly easily. It is the cheaper of the two mobile units. It is limited to grows of 8 to 12 feet or around 2 or 3 grow levels. Finally, the vertical grow rack is a stationary unit.

Something You Should Know Before You Buy Anything

Your particular city or state may require that you have your rack seismically tested before it can be used. There have been operations shut down because they did not have their racks tested before they went into use. The mobile grow racks that feature the crank wheel system are seismically tested so you can get the permits you need. The vertical grow rack is one we can help you with including performing seismic calculations and assisting with permits if you wish. Finally, the caster mobile rack system, the one with wheels, actually does not need a seismic test because it is considered a cart by most cities, although it is still smart to check ahead of time if you are planning to be by the book.

If you are interested in any of these solutions then you can find them by clicking their respective links. If you want to look at the mobile solutions then click here. If you want to look at the vertical solution then click here.