CAN: Using aquaponics to grow cannabis

By combining inland salmon farming with a hydroponic cannabis operation, two former hockey players are making history producing high-quality products at a lower cost. 

Habitat Craft Cannabis founders Rudi Schiebel and Laine Keyes both experienced hockey injuries that they treated successfully using cannabis. Consequently, they began their company under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations in 2013 and decided to explore the idea of using aquaponics with koi fish for fertilizing the cannabis. After some initial success, they realized that organic coho salmon would be more marketable and began building their operations on Laine’s family’s 5th generation property.

Given that their medical license limits Habitat’s growing area to 200 square meters, they only produce about 800 kg of craft cannabis, which has done well in the B.C. market because of its recognized quality. One day, they hope to have farm gate sales, which would be far more profitable.

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