CAN (AB): Micro grower filed to revoke cultivation license

Following a dispute with their landlord and difficulty selling their crops, a micro cultivator in Alberta has recently filed to revoke their cultivation license.

Jim Vanden Berg, the founder of Budding Gardens, a greenhouse micro cultivator formerly located just outside Calgary, says the mixture of a lease dispute with their landlord for most of 2020l, combined with challenges selling their first three harvests, led him and his partner to make the decision to formally request revocation of their license. 

Although Vanden Berg says the relationship with the landlord was initially positive their attitude changed to being negative regarding the industry as negotiations over parts of the lease moved forward. Challenges arose regarding the landlord wanting unfettered access to the greenhouse and processing building that was within the secured fencing of Budding Gardens’ licensed facility.

Court records show the area in question was within the area leased by Vanden Berg and that he had informed the landlord that once licensed, they would not have unaccompanied access to the area, as per Health Canada’s regulations. The landlord objected to this, citing it was a key piece to their own small farm business, containing the property’s water cistern, pump, filtration and purification, electrical service, gas service, and backup generator.


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