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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Fish Farm Waste To Be Used In Cannabis Farm

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

A Hanover farm is set to develop an aquaponics farm for medical-grade cannabis.

Ripple Farms has received the green light to proceed with its plans to establish a Micro-Cultivation for Medical Grade Cannabis facility on a piece of hazard land located on Bluespring Trout Farms in Hanover.

The shovel will hit the ground this week on the 10 thousand square foot, controlled environment agriculture facility that will be licensed by Health Canada Legalization and Regulation Branch.

Waste from the Bluespring Trout Farms (located within Hanover) will be used as fertilizer for the cannabis.

Ripple Farm Co-Founder Brandon Hebor says they have designed a process in which the fish waste from the trout farm will be captured into a very large settling tank and diverted into solid and liquid streams, bio-processed and then slow dosed into the cannabis plants.

Hebor says this is a clean technology that converts waste into goods.

He adds that his company plans to invest 450 thousand dollars into local contractors and trades people in the construction of the facility.

He says 16 new jobs will be created during the five month construction period and six permanent positions will be created once the facility is up and running in the Spring. (4 full-time and 2 part-time.)

Hebor says his Toronto based company is eager to work with  Hanover on this initiative.

At the request of Ripple Farms, Hanover Council has agreed to waive up to 20 thousand dollars in legal and survey costs as an in-kind donation to this start up company.

Mayor Sue Paterson calls it a very exciting and innovative project that is environmentally clean, will create new jobs as well as economic spinoffs for local contractors.

Paterson says Hanover is very pleased to welcome this Toronto based company to Town.

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