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Wheatfield Gardens took an aggressive approach at improving its resource
efficiency by using cogeneration and the benefits that come with it, including
generating its own heat, electricity and supplemental carbon dioxide.
Dimmable LEDs were installed in 2018 enabling Wheatfield Gardens to
compete with other lettuce growers and to be a consistent supplier to its
Cannabis plants are produced at such a high density in Wheatfield Gardens'
greenhouses that its 8.8 acres produce the same amount of plant mass as 20
acres of field-grown hemp.
THE HEMP POTENTIAL
Wheatfield Gardens is growing Cannabis ruderalis, a non-photoperiod
species of hemp in deep water culture side-by-side with its lettuce crops.
" This species flowers regardless of the photoperiod and how much
light it receives, " Elfstrum says. " It's a compact plant and finishes in 75
days. We are one of the first legal growers of this hemp crop in New York.
We grow for all of the cannabinoids and terpenes except THC. Every
cannabinoid except THC is the goal of growing hemp at our farm.
" We take a horticultural approach, where most industrial hemp growers
take an agronomical approach where they plant in fields. The plants are
growing at such a high density in our greenhouses that 8.8 acres will
produce the same amount of plant mass as 20 acres of field-grown hemp
while consuming 90% less water than that 20-acre field. From the one
hemp crop we are growing per year we produce about 1 pound of CBDrich
material per plant. "
Wheatfield Gardens' goal is to produce a very clean, food-safe hemp
" We think CBD and cannabinoids in general will eventually become
food ingredients and therefore the plants should be grown in a food-safe
manner much in the same way as we grow lettuce, " he says. " We process
all of the hemp plant. The flowers produce a high-quality hemp extract
for companies that are marketing CBD extracts as dietary supplements.
Holistik Wellness is a premium-branded CBD product available at
Wegmans (a New York-based grocer). We are their exclusive supplier
because we can guarantee a clean, pesticide-free raw material. They need
that for supply chain security. "
FOCUSED ON LIGHTING EFFICIENCY
For its lettuce crops Wheatfield Gardens aims to achieve a daily light
integral (DLI) of 17 moles. When the LEDs were installed the company
also installed a light controller.
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