Big cannabis plans for Delta greenhouse

The large-scale Houweling greenhouse in East Ladner has cleared a final hurdle as it makes the switch to cannabis.

Partnering with AgraFlora Organics International Inc. to create the new entity Propagation Services Canada Inc., the company announced this week it has secured a standard cultivation license from Health Canada.

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The partnership with Houweling Nurseries will see the eventual conversion of the entire 2.2-million-square-foot greenhouse.

The 20-hectare (49-acre) facility on 64th would be the second largest cannabis greenhouse facility in Canada among those that are currently built.

In a news release, the company stated that the Delta facility’s first phase represents 422,828 square-feet of cultivation space utilizing a state-of-the-art pressurized, semi-open Venlo greenhouse design considered to be one of the most technically advanced and environmentally friendly in North America.

"Obtaining the license at the Delta Facility marks the end of a journey commenced in Q4 2018 and is the key milestone in beginning cannabis sales from what is the second largest and one of the most advanced greenhouses in Canada,” stated Brandon Boddy, AgraFlora executive chairman and CEO.

“With license in hand, we’re commencing the cultivation of a curated portfolio of elite live plant genetics that will enable us to execute on a focused strategy of high-potency, low-cost cannabis to drive high-volume value brands from coast to coast.”

Ruben Houweling, general manager of Houweling Nurseries, stated, “Our company brings 40 years of agricultural expertise to PSC, as well as decades of experience within this greenhouse. We have a well-integrated organization with more than 200 employees. Our facility is located in a unique agricultural micro-climate on the shores of the Pacific Ocean that will help the company produce high-potency, low cost cannabis.”

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