Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
A Saskatchewan farmer is betting on a brighter, weed-filled future by becoming what is believed to be just the second licensed cannabis micro-cultivation in the province.
Crops such as lentils, canola and durum will continue to be the focus of the family farm nestled in the Bromhead area of southeast Saskatchewan, according to the Estevan Mercury. But veteran farmer Trent Emmel wanted to explore something new and he thought that cannabis fit the bill.
Since land is hard to come by, Emmel had to get innovative. That’s when he, with the help of consultant Charles Wentworth, began pursuing a cannabis micro-cultivation licence of his very own.
He reasoned that the weed could easily be grown with a climate-controlled canopy on his land.
Emmel now has a new title to add to his duties as a long-time farmer: president of T8, so named for his eight children.
With marijuana’s promise, Emmel thought he could help his family, he told the Estevan Mercury. But the micro-cultivation has also sprouted hope around the potential value in light of marijuana’s reported medical benefits.
In fact, learning more about these benefits served as a driving force for Emmel and helped to craft the company approach. “I’ve had a family member who has had the shakes, and is using the cannabis oil, and it’s fixing him. No more shakes,” he told the publication.
The fully licensed micro-grow is now up and running and has some sales under its belt. But in line with his thought of helping people, the bulk of the crop has been sold for medical testing purposes, it reports.