“You could order more things from Amazon that come with all the fixings and allow you to dip your toes into the waters of growing your product. However, why would you do that when you are already running out of space?”

Space is always an issue when you are trying to grow your crops. If you rent your location then you only have so much room between your walls. If you are at home then you only have so much space you can allocate to your business before it starts interfering with your life. It is at this point that using consumer-level products stops making sense. You could order more things from Amazon that come with all the fixings and allow you to dip your toes into the waters of growing your product. However, why would you do that when you are already running out of space? You need to reallocate the space you are already using and somehow make it hold more than it does now. The way to do that is to start growing vertically so it no longer is a question of how much space you have between the walls. You want it to become a question of how much space you have been the walls and how much space you have between the floor and the ceiling combined.

What you want and need in your business is a garden rack for plants. Luckily, there are products like that out there. You will not be reinventing the wheel if you start looking for one. You also, for the most part, will not be looked at too funny if you ask for one depending on where you ask. If you walk up to your local grow shop then they might be hard-pressed to find you something that is not consumer level or mid-consumer level. If you ask the internet for this product then you will find a lot of consumer-level products. As you can see, as explained previously, it can be hard to find industrial level growing applications. A look into the first page of Google does not turn up very much in the way of industrial-sized grow racks. Therefore, the question to ask is what level of growing are you planning to do in your business. Are you a consumer-level grower or are you a business on the move and one that needs to have more product. If you are then skipping the consumer level might be smart. The big difference is the amount of product you can grow. A consumer-level product can grow up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial version of the product can grow 2500 lbs per level. A lot of products or plants you can sell later. Obviously, there is a cost difference but there is also a profit level difference. The question is if you think that you can sell enough products to make buying an industrial level shelving unit a no-brainer.

“There are things like seismic calculations you need for racks in certain areas that you probably would not know about as a layperson. It is good for you, as a person not in the industry of material handling, to get the help of someone who is knowledgeable about the products.”

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that many locations have a limit on how much you can grow vertically. You, also, may not reach a level that would be concerning to them but it is best to talk with a business who has dealt with the permit process before. Usually, that means the company from which you are buying a pallet rack or pallet racking system as your garden rack for your plants should be the ones helping you. There are things like seismic calculations you need for racks in certain areas that you probably would not know about as a layperson. It is good for you, as a person not in the industry of material handling, to get the help of someone who is knowledgeable about the products.

Ready to get a garden rack for your plant growing needs? You can have a look at our products by clicking the vertical grow rack and mobile grow rack links. If you feel like you need a consumer-level product then you can click this link for a grow light shelving unit. You can also call us at 503-536-7218 to talk about your needs.

InFarm managed to raise $100 million and has parlayed that money into partnerships with Kroger, Irma, and M&S. They are slated to bring their indoor farms to Sobeys, Thrifty Foods, and Safeway Canada. They hope to provide a way for consumers to get their fresh produce faster than if it was shipped from a farm.

Key Takeaways:

  • InFarm raised $100 million and has deals in place with Kroger in the USA, Irma in Denmark, and M&S in the UK.
  • The indoor farms will begin appearing in Empire related stores this spring.
  • The stores include the following places: Sobeys, Thrifty Foods, and Safeway Canada.

Quote: “InFarm will launch a range of herbs at two Safeway stores in Vancouver this spring, according to the press release, and Empire will also put farms in stores across seven Canadian cities.” (Marston, 2020)

Link to article: 
https://thespoon.tech/infarms-high-tech-vertical-farms-head-to-canadian-grocery-stores/

“The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.”

A truth of the industry that you have realized already, just by searching for this product, is that there is a lot of vertical cannabis shelving. The difference in the products is who the product is made for and, by extension, who should be using it. A lot of the products, or most of them, are meant for beginner growers. They are meant for people who just realized they want to try to grow a product and want to take the plunge. It is also made up of people who live in places where it just became legal to grow cannabis as a product. There are very few of these shelving units that are scalable for future endeavors. If you have the green thumb for growing and the knack for making a profitable living off the business then you might want to avoid these products.

More of this truth is that you see more or less of the scalable vertical cannabis shelving units depending on whether you search for shelving or racking. If you search for shelving then you are going to see more consumer-level products. If you are searching for racking then you are going to see more of the scalable vertical cannabis growing products. Of course, there is a difference in price because of the capacity difference between the two types of products. A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.

You may be thinking that another difference is the mobility of the shelving or racks. You are only partly right. The fact is that most of the pallet racking, or industrial cannabis racking in your business, can have wheels installed on them even though they hold up to 2500 lbs per level. They can be just as mobile as the consumer versions which is a good thing if you have a large grow operation or you like to save time. If you like the idea of spinning the product so you can work on the other side of the rack or shelf then making your racking mobile is a good idea. You just need to be aware that you should only grow vertically 2 to 3 levels in order to keep the stability of your system.

“A consumer-level product usually holds up to 800 lbs of product. An industrial vertical cannabis racking unit can hold up to 2500 lbs per level. It is also much wider and deeper. It usually has more room, level to level, as far as top to bottom airspace is considered.”

Another thing to consider is the legality of the rack. If you have industrial level racking in your business then it needs to conform to the standards set forth by your local government. If you live in an area with any type of seismic activity at all then you probably have seismic calculation guidelines you have to adhere to and show for your rack or shelving unit. If this is all new to you then you probably want to deal with a company that has dealt with this before and can help you get what you need in your business. You can have your racks or shelving units and have them be legal from the moment you open instead of waiting for someone to come and inspect your place of business and possibly shut you down.

The real question, as you can see, is how big of an operation you want or can sustain. If you are just a beginner then there is no shame in getting a smaller system until you prove to yourself that you have the chops to make it in this business. The cannabis business is a tough business and most businesses fail. In fact, they fail even though they may have backing money in large amounts. If you do find that you have the acumen and your business will stand the test of time then considering a vertical cannabis shelving unit, that can grow product on an industrial level, is a good thing.

If you are ready to get vertical cannabis shelving in your business then make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company that can handle the permitting process. If you need that in your business then give us a call at 503-536-7218. You can also take a look at this vertical grow rack or mobile grow rack by clicking the links. If you need a consumer-level product then look at this grow light shelving unit.

Forbes recently ran a piece for International Women’s Day on eight women who it believes are leaders in the field of cannabis. The people were picked because they created something out of nothing. They range from CEOs to people trying to teach people how to build successful cannabis businesses with a program partnered with Oaksterdam University and Hood Incubator.

Key Takeaways:

  • Forbes recently ran a piece on 8 women who are leaders in the cannabis industry.
  • The list included: Julia Jacobson of Aster Farms, Liz Jackson-Simpson and Angela White of Success Centers SF, Chrissy Hadar of Oregrown Industries, Marie Montarquet of MD Farms, Shelby Hartman and Madison Margolin of DoubleBlind, Sally Nichols of GirlVentures and Bloom Farm Distribution/Bloom Farms CBD.
  • The author says they were selected because they created something out of nothing.

Quote: “In honor of this day, even if I am a day late, I’m lucky to be able to share the enthusiasm and verve of the following women in cannabis who have faced adversity during their climb to success.” (Bobrow, 2020)

Link to article:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenbobrow/2020/03/09/international-womens-day-celebrate-eight-female-leaders-in-cannabis-2020/#4daa7f5332b1

New Mexico, despite its smaller size, ranks highly in several areas in the US for the marijuana industry. It also has the 9th highest revenue generated from taxes on marijuana according to the article. The article is quick to state that only cities with at least 50,000 people were part of the survey. Therefore, the numbers could be skewed for smaller cities. 

Key Takeaways:

  • New Mexico is the seventh of the states with the most dispensaries per capita.
  • The ratio is 5.2 dispensaries per 100,000 people.
  • Santa Fe is in the 5% of US Cities with dispensaries per capita. It has 5.9 shops per 50,000 people.

Quote: “Just three other New Mexico cities met the population threshold. Albuquerque was measured at 3.3 dispensaries per 50,000 residents. Rio Rancho and Las Cruces came in at 2.3 and 2.4, respectively.”(Last, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.abqjournal.com/1428613/nm-ranks-high-in-new-cannabis-study-ex-state-is-7-in-dispensaries-per-capita-and-9-in-tax-revenues-from-pot-sales.html

“If you are an experienced business owner who knows how much product they can grow and how much they can make off of that product then you may want to get a bigger growing structure so that you can have more products to sell. If you know your product to profit ratios then you can almost predict how much more you will make.”

Your choice of cloning rack is a lot deeper than most people would realize. It can be very surprising when you first enter the industry. It would be much simpler if there were just one cloning rack in the business that was appropriate for everyone and the choices were relegated to that one. However, that is not the case the truth is that many companies make cloning racks for beginner level or consumer level growers. There are also cloning racks that are appropriate for industrial level business types. If you are a beginning grower then you can probably find something that is worthwhile on Amazon or by going to Cosco. However, if you are an industrial-sized growing business then you might be a little frustrated by the number of consumer products that will get in your way. They will get in your way when you try to find an appropriate apparatus for growing your product in industrial amounts.

One of the first things you should think about is the capacity of your cloning rack. Obviously, you can get a consumer-level growing apparatus but there is a limit to how much you can actually put into that structure. A lot of the consumer-level products will hold up to 800 pounds of whatever it is that you are going to put on the structure. It does seem like a lot until you find out that an industrial level growing cloning rack can handle 2500 pounds per level. The amount, in the beginning, might be too much for your business and could cause a problem with your overhead. However, if you are an experienced business owner who knows how much product they can grow and how much they can make off of that product then you may want to get a bigger growing structure so that you can have more products to sell. If you know your product to profit ratios then you can almost predict how much more you will make.

“You would think with all of the extra weight that the industrial versions would be less mobile. However, you would be incorrect because those can actually have industrial level wheels as well.”

Another issue that you need to think about is how mobile do you need your cloning rack to be on a daily basis. A lot of the consumer-level products are mobile. That is to say that they include wheels that allow you to push them around as you need. You would think with all of the extra weight that the industrial versions would be less mobile. However, you would be incorrect because those can actually have industrial level wheels as well. Although, there will be a difference in weight you can still move them around as you need. If you have the room for them to be able to be pushed around or spun in a 360° motion then you, basically, have consumer-level mobility and industrial level growing capacity.

A thing you should think about if you are thinking about going mobile is that you do lessen your ability to grow vertically. There are several issues that have to do with this but one of them has to be the overall stability of the system. Obviously, you do not want to make it so that it is dangerous to work around your growing apparatus. You are an urban farmer and a vertical grower. Someone has to be able to get in to do the daily maintenance that needs to be done on your crops. Therefore, you want it to be as safe as possible for you or your employees to work around these racks. If you do choose to make your cloning rack mobile in an industrial situation then keep in mind that you probably do not want more than two or three levels.

If you feel like you need more help with your cloning racks or selecting a cloning rack then give us a call at 503-536-7218. You can also have a look at these vertical grow racks or mobile grow racks by clicking the links.

The argument is over the topic of whether or not hydroponic growers should be allowed to use the term, “organic”. Soil growers say that the ruling by the US Department of Agriculture has weakened the label “organic”. Soil-based farmers say that the term, “organic” also means that methods should be used that improve the fertility of the soil which hydroponics does not do. They contend that the ruling by the USDA was illegal based on that fact. The article also mentions that the movement may be spurred on, in part, by the fact that farmers growing in the soil are having a hard time competing with hydroponically grown products because of the lower prices they can charge while maintaining the label of “organic”.

Key Takeaways:

  • The USDA is being sued over the use of the term “organic”.
  • Soil-based growers believe that the USDA violated the law when it allowed hydroponic growers to use the label.
  • Soil-based farmers say that there is confusion in the marketplace because customers cannot tell which products nurture the soil via growing methods and which are hydroponically grown.

Quote: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture was sued March 2 in a civil action brought by organic interests that use soil to grow their crops. They claim the USDA decision allowing hydroponics to be sold under the organic label puts dirt growers at a disadvantage.” (Flynn, 2020)

Link to article:
www.foodsafetynews.com/2020/03/organic-growers-say-it-is-in-their-economic-interest-to-stay-grounded-in-soil/

An official from the Ohio Department of Agriculture warns new and experienced farmers that growing hemp could be a mistake if they are not prepared for the realities of growing the crop. James Belt, an ODA hemp inspection manager, ran down the points that make it difficult to grow hemp successfully. The points were numerous and included THC levels being too high because a selection of seeds was not properly vetted before growing them, harvest time differences between inspection and the window to harvest can cause too much THC to be produced, also that hemp needs to be moved often as to not develop mold, amongst other issues in the article.

Key Takeaways:

Hemp can be extremely difficult to cultivate as it needs to be moved often so it does not produce mold.
Farmers are required to report their harvest time 14-15 days before they intend to do so. If the grower harvests 14-15 days after the sample is taken then the crop will exceed the allotted .3% THC content rule according to the article.
The article also mentions that farmers have to be extremely careful of who they buy seeds from to make sure that they are not buying plants that produce high levels of THC.

Quote: “Belt believes it would be very risky for an inexperienced producer to attempt to grow the crop. He said he did not want to deter anyone from growing hemp but rather make sure potential cultivators know what they’re facing.” (Gartrell, 2020)

Link to article:
https://www.dailystandard.com/archive/2020-03-06/stories/39997/official-hemp-growers-face-obstacles

A fledgling business owner in Quadra wants to open a micro-cultivation facility for cannabis. Quadra is a small island between Vancouver Island and B.C.’s mainland. It has about 3,000 people living there. Shane Hedefine says that it has taken 14 months to get this far into the process. The public information meeting was only attended by 20 people who were mostly seniors and did not seem to have much problem with the proposal.

Key Takeaways:

Cannabis production keeps growing even to smaller islands with low populations like Quadra.
A businessman, Shane Hedefine, is trying to have Strathcona Regional District, rezone for marijuana production.
The business would procure a micro-cultivation license. The license will allow for a maximum of 400 plants. 

Quote: “Quadra, a small island with a population of approximately 3,000, is part of the Discovery Islands archipelago wedged between Vancouver Island and B.C.’s mainland. Approximately 20 residents attended the meeting. The majority were seniors and already on a first name basis with Hedefine, 46, who has lived on Quadra his entire life” (Baker, 2020)

Link to article:

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/03/06/news/craft-brewery-marijuana-inside-cannabis-info-session

canada, marijuana, quadra, urban gardening

Canopy Growth Corporation was forced to announce cost-cutting measures in order to reach profitability. The company will release 500 jobs and close two facilities. It is another one of the publicly traded growing companies to do so. The market has been down because supply has out-paced demand also dispensaries have not opened as quickly as most thought they would.

Key Takeaways:
The cannabis industry in Canada and in the US continues to reel as another one of the publicly traded firms announced cost-cutting measures.
Canopy Growth Corporation announced the closing of two facilities and that they would cut 500 jobs.
CEO, David Klein, said that the move was to help focus on, “aligning resources to the needs of our consumers.”

Quote: “After the market closed Wednesday, Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE: CGC), the world’s largest cannabis company by market cap, announced plans to shutter two cultivation facilities and cut 500 jobs. ” (Furnari, 2020)

Link to article:
https://thcnet.com/news/canopy-growth-to-shutter-2-indoor-growing-facilities-cut-500-jobs