When Michigan cannabis growers collect the good stuff for gummies, brownies, and any number of smokable products, harvest time ends with a big pile of stalks, root balls, and discarded plant waste.
That leftover green is trashed at many Michigan facilities, said Ross Kangas, a cannabis cultivator with Hypha Organic in Kalkaska. It's chipped up with other material, sometimes plastic trash, and sent to a landfill.
But at Hypha, that leftover green is gold. The team composts their post-harvest plant waste and turns it into a valuable amendment that helps the next round of plants thrive.
"A lot of these facilities out there, they only look at the organic biomass as waste, where we look at it as so much more than that," Kangas said. "It's our fertilizer for our plants, and it has the hormones, the nutrients, everything that it takes to grow a plant. It seems like such a shame to waste a resource like that."
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