Converting a second 1.1 million sq ft greenhouse

After switching from vegetables to cannabis, a big expansion is on the way

A huge East Ladner greenhouse operation that switched from vegetables to cannabis is about to undergo an even bigger expansion. 

In an interview with the Optimist, Mandesh Dosanjh, president and CEO of Pure Sunfarms described how his company carefully planned its growth, navigating the unchartered Canadian legal market that had many players jumping in following the legalization of cannabis.  

“There’s no doubt that year-over-year the market is growing. We’ve indexed to over the four-billion dollar mark nationally, and it’s no surprise that stores have continued to open up. With normalization and legalization, we see more products, and there’s no doubt the industry is growing,” said Dosanjh. 

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Village Farms International, Pure Sunfarms already has 1.1 million square feet in its greenhouse operation, producing 75,000 to 80,000 kg of dried flowers annually for the Canadian recreational market. Pure Sunfarms has also been planning to convert a second 1.1 million square foot adjacent greenhouse for production, and half of that facility is already fully operational. Because much of the processing occurs in the first greenhouse, the second greenhouse will have an even bigger area to grow at about 85,000 to 90,000 kg once fully converted.  

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