“A lot of the time the coastal counties get a lot of the credit but we know the foothills produce great quality cannabis,” Allen said. “That’s a really important bottom line, the legacy of Nevada County and the Gold Country region, those are shared assets and we want to make sure that all growers in the community have an easy pathway to use those assets.”
Allen said the 4500-square-foot facility will focus on “stage 1” processing of cannabis and cannabis goods: Drying, curing and trimming. Allen added the facility will also grow into packaging flower into pre-rolls, sort product for extraction and leverage the power of bulk for distribution pricing.
“A lot of farmers in Nevada County have had their traditional operations disrupted, and some of them won't be able to dry in their own farms,” Allen said of recent local regulations, which impose additional requirements for cannabis farmers to process their cannabis harvest on site. “The goal of this aggregation centers is to meet the farmers wherever they are in the process and help them take the final steps needed to get to market.”
Emerald Grown is working with more than 100 farmers statewide. He said the goal is to reach 300 farms by 2023. Allen said the network of farmers include farms as small as 1300 square feet of canopy to larger heritage farms, though all are less than 10,000 square feet in canopy.
“We like the legacy grower who has been doing this work for some time,” He said. “What matters to us is the small farmer.”
As executive director of CGA, Allen was at the forefront of cannabis lobbying in Sacramento, until he resigned in 2018 to spearhead this new effort to promote cannabis cultivation cooperatives.
“This is a great addition to the local cannabis community and a service that is needed by many farmers,” said Diana Gamzon, Executive Director of the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance. “We are looking forward to have them be members of the local cannabis community and to the community at large. We hope to see many more services like this in the county.”
For more information on how to become a part of this local cannabis community and to lease space, contact Trent Hullen at (858)-384-4830.