And we’re building the system and now it’s not true. Even other professions in horticulture will tell you know that you can have as good as yields using like those more complex systems so you’re talking a different kind of agricultural language now but you’re able to get as much yield with higher quality.
Capital 10x: Excellent. So just kind of slowly wrapping things up can you talk a little bit about the actual organic certification itself. You obviously can’t put in chemical fertilizers and all your inputs have to be the natural but what else is involved? Is it hard to maintain once you’ve acquired the certification? What does that look like?
David Perron: It’s another layer that we add into the compliance of all things so we have Health Canada but we have also the organic certification. So we’re compliant with the Canada and standard for organic production so we’re held to the same standard as the food you will find in a supermarket so we see that kind of a standard for a certified organic.
We’re operating under the same standard so it basically means we’re not using any product that’s been modified chemically prior to use so we can only use natural processes of fermentation, distillation, bio digestion. We need a good amount of biology. It’s a third party coming to your site that audits you.
They look at all the fertilizer you’re using, what are you keeping, they look in your cupboard to see if you’re not hiding anything. You have to provide proof of purchase for all those documents. They do a nutrient balance on your farm just to make sure what you’re getting can only be coming from those nutrients. They also do surprise pesticide tests.
There’s a big element about sustainability so we prove that you can recycle pots, reuse soil when you can, don’t waste stuff in the little creek behind your grow.
Capital 10x: You have good water sustainability too.
Yes, we do. We collect 90% of our rainwater and we’re using that to irrigate and for the organic standard certification they come and you have to provide them with a list of every fertilizer we’re using, where is the water coming from, and already certified organic already approved for use in certified organic context and then they’re going give us their stamp of approval… Yes TGOD
you are certified that you are producing using only clean and natural resource inputs.
Capital 10x: With meeting these regulations and some of those inputs is that a significantly higher operating costs or are all the more expenses in the capital costs for the greenhouse?
David Perron: It’s a little bit of both, but when it comes to capital cost because we build better infrastructure one of them is we automate a lot of our stuff but also we have to automate for a bigger soil volume instead of like a really small, light rock wall kind of thing, but also a lot of the nutrients we are using have to be delivered to the plant to point not all that and we’re working on a new solution for that with some very promising stuff we can make most of our stuff water soluble.
But it comes into the labour cost a little bit because we go in there we pay more attention, we do more scouting. You go and touch the plant. We get a better product but also we’re a better company in general, social ecosystem. We employ more people those people work in better condition and work in clean environment and get better wages so this is for a better part of the social fabric in the community where we’re established as well so that’s something we’re really proud of.
Capital 10x: That’s awesome. That’s something I don’t think many cannabis companies ever talk about is the sustainability or even that social aspect. That’s great, I think that’s an excellent note to end on. Thank you very much for coming in.