US (MA): Family starts cannabis cultivation business and first-of-its-kind incubator program

Four family members have started a cannabis cultivation enterprise and plan to introduce a first-of-its-kind incubator program providing free online learning and in-person technical training to aspiring cultivators in the Pioneer Valley.

Morning Dew Cultivars launched less than a month ago, the culmination of two years of brainstorming and planning by Tory Kaltner, her husband Zach Peele, and her father and stepmother, Pat and Lori Kaltner. The micro-business consists of a 7,500-square-foot grow facility on Daniel Shays Highway that will sell cannabis wholesale to dispensaries across Massachusetts. Additionally, Dew Work Incubator is expected to be a four-week collaborative professional development program to help participants polish their skill sets to achieve career goals. The family had hoped to start the program in the spring but had not yet gotten the power to the facility.

“We couldn’t cultivate without electricity,” Chief Operating Officer Tory Kaltner said. “We’re really excited. This is a dream come true for us.”

She and her family stressed they would not operate a dispensary or storefront of any type. “We have dispensaries waiting for our products,” commented Pat Kaltner, a Turners Falls native. “We just have to grow it.”

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