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Margeaux Bucher explains the innovative nutrient delivery system that 7Acres products receive. These plants have approximately two more weeks left before they are hung and dried to be processed. Hannah MacLeod/Kincardine News

On Thursday, October 17, 7Acres celebrated one year of legal recreational cannabis. A company that started out as a medicinal cannabis facility had much to celebrate as their brand exploded when they moved into producing recreational cannabis.

With the brand gaining popularity, the whole company has experienced plenty of growth in the past year; and not just in the grow rooms. What started off as a projected six to ten year plan with approximately 300 employees, the company currently has 700 employees – and that number is expected to grow. The facility will be expanding physically as well, with a total of 440,000 square feet expected to be completed construction by spring 2020.

Staff start out at minimum wage in one of three positions; sanitation, growing and processing. Many employees come right from high-school or other minimum wage jobs and within a year are looking into management positions and job growth that wouldn’t have been possible in other minimum wage jobs. 7Acres also offers full benefits after three months. The company offers assistance with related on-line education courses and frequently sends staff to a school in British Columbia to learn more.

The company rotates their crop type between their five strains; Jack Haze is a sativa with a taste described as “sweet citrus, crisp pine and warm spice”. Sensi Star is one of 7Acres award winning indica strains bred by Dutch cannabis industry pioneers Paradise Seeds, it’s described as having a gassy lemon and pepper aroma, and noted to have a high THC content. Wappa has an exotic fruity aroma and is known for its denser indica bud. White Widow is a highly resinous, balanced hybrid with pungent sweet and woody aroma. Finally, Jean Guy is the plant currently in production. Jean Guy is a balanced hybrid with a pungent citrusy and woody aroma.

Although the facility is focused on recreational growth now, they still sell to companies rather than individual customers.

Margeaux Bucher mentioned that they have cannabis quality testers; just like craft beer has enthusiasts, so does recreational marijuana. These enthusiasts make sure the quality and experience of each plant is the same.

The facility is secure and sterile to ensure consistent quality.  Between grow rooms employees must replace protective equipment like gloves, caps and masks to prevent cross contamination. A third of employees work in sanitation – giving a good impression of just how spotless this facility is. Every room, at every stage of the plants life is climate-controlled.

Approximately 3,000 plants, in different stages of growth, are in each of the 25 grow rooms. Each grow room is 10,000 square feet.

Plants start off in a nursery, where they are carefully tagged and recorded to maintain regulation with Health Canada. Bucher called them “birth certificates”. The plants are carefully monitored to ensure consistent quality; in size, growers make sure that the height is the same, creating a canopy over the room. Employees also make sure that no more than seven shoots emerge from the base of the plant. Due to the climate-controlled rooms, and innovative nutrient delivery system, most plants grow at the same rate and same consistency.

Plants spend 18 hours in a combination of forced natural and artificial lighting, and then six hours of forced darkness. Once the plants begin to flower, their daylight is reduced to twelve hours.

Once the plants have fully grown, they are cut and hung to dry. After about two weeks of hanging out, the stems are sent through a trimming machine. From here the buds are sent through multiple stages of processing, measuring and quality tests. They are finally sent to be packaged, before being sent to sales companies all across Canada – which is where you can find your local 7Acres brand.

7Acres had plenty to celebrate this year. All employees were invited out for cake, swag and speeches on Thursday, October 17. In 2018 the company received the annual Canadian Cannabis award for “Brand of the Year”, and this year they accepted the “2019 Craft Grower of the Year” from the “Grow Up” awards.


Employees at 7Acres test the seals on the shipment containers, before the containers are sent off to customers. Hannah MacLeod/Kincardine News


Margeaux Bucher shows the group a bag of cannabis that will be ready for shipping after processing. Hannah MacLeod/Kincardine News


In one of the final processing stages, the cannabis is sent through the Mobius Trimmer, afterwhich employees examine the product thoroughly to determine whether or not each bud is ready to be processed and shipped. Hannah MacLeod/Kincardine News


Melanie Carruthers accepts the award for “Craft Grower of the Year”, which 7Acres received at the 2019 “Grow Up” awards. Hannah MacLeod/Kincardine News


Employees at 7Acres weight out and package the product as the final processing step. Hannah MacLeod/Kincardine News


Through the entire growth stage, plants are kept in organized lines and trimmed at the same level to create a “canopy”, this ensures that every product and user experience is the same. Hannah MacLeod/Kincardine News

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