At the Wednesday, Aug. 14 Willits City Council meeting, the CEO of AquaMed Global, Warren Bravo, presented his company’s plan to break ground on a project that he said will eventually become the largest aquaponic cannabis cultivation park in the world. The company has partnered with VRX Labs, who recently purchased six acres of land off Baechtel Road in Willits. AquaMed plans to first begin building a 50,000 square-foot hemp extraction facility on two acres of the land with a series of four separate aquaponics cannabis growing facilities and possibly a retail store on the horizon.
“Our team is here to present a business model which will bring further prosperity to the City of Willits, a creation of jobs, tax revenue and major support to local trades and business,” said Bravo. “We are a group of seasoned business professionals with major experience in construction, legal matters, accounting, cannabis oil production and cannabis cultivation using aquaponics as our growing methodology.”
Council member Larry Stranske expressed concern about the amount of water the facilities would use in a year, to which Bravo replied that it would use less than half of the water to fill an average 20 x 40 home swimming pool. According to Bravo, aquaponcis is the most sustainable form of agriculture because it uses 90 percent less water than soil grows and zero chemicals or pesticides. The plants grow in a closed loop system of water that is also home to fish, and Bravo said the company plans to donate the mature fish to shelters and food banks in the area. “Using this growing methodology produces the cleanest cannabis plant on the market, what we call ‘beyond organic’, which in turn is used to produce the purest CBD oil in the North American market… It’s a symbiotic relationship between water, plants and fish, and this is really important because of it’s efficient use of water. And, we all know water is a scare resource over the last few decades and anyone not adopting sustainable methodology in agriculture is going to be a dinosaur and extinct soon.”
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