Ripple Farms comes to Hanover
The founders of Ripple Farms, a Toronto startup that focuses on the micro-cultivation of medical-grade cannabis, have approached the Town of Hanover for permission to construct a facility on the property of Bluespring Trout Farms Ltd.
The startup has partnered with Bluespring’s Jim Taylor, as they are in need of fish manure as part of their cannabis cultivation.
Brandon Hebor, one of the co-founders, presented at the Nov. 18 council meeting and said this facility will create 16 jobs during construction, as well as four well-paying full-time jobs and two part-time ones.
“We are an agriculture enterprise and our focus is on the reproduction of food, as well as innovation and sustainable agriculture,” said Hebor. “We are going to be using the fish manure from the property at Bluespring. It is a waste product and we have created a technology that bioprocesses the waste into a sustainable slow host fertigation solution for cannabis.”
Council passed this bylaw and it is anticipated that Ripple Farms will begin construction sometime in the foreseeable future.
Ripple Farms was named the number one social enterprise startup in the province and the facility will be licensed by the Health Canada Legalization and Regulation Branch. The steel structure will be used for an aquaponics system and will be located at 601 1st Street.
“Although we are a cannabis perceived entity, we are an agricultural company with three years of experience,” said Hebor. “It seems to be that smaller communities are much more forward-thinking than cities. We are trying to get everything we possibly can to be locally sourced, including electrical, HVAC and plumbing.”
The Hanover, Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society has created two scholarships for local students entering the agricultural field. This will be the first time they have offered a scholarship to students.
According to Hanover councillor Steve Fitzsimmons, who is council’s representative with the agricultural society, the two $1,500 scholarships will help students looking to study in the agricultural sector and was created in honour of the late Charlie and Mildred Martin, who were members of the agricultural society for 50 years.
Students in West Grey, Hanover and Brockton are eligible to apply and applications are due by May 27.
New town website
Hanover has updated it’s town website in order to be more accessible, user-friendly and visually appealing.
Hanover economic development manager April Marshall said the updated website will now allow users to easily increase the font size of the website, making it easier for someone with a visual impairment to use the website.
It will also have a direct connection to all of the town’s social media, as well as feature boxes on the homepage that are interchangeable. There will be an updated and more accessible community calendar, where people will be able to submit events that will be featured on the town’s website.
“People want one central source for information and this calendar is it,” said Marshall. “This calendar is very dependent on the content that’s submitted. We encourage all of our stakeholders to utilize our calendar.”