“To me it was like a sign, and the stars had aligned.”
– Fifie Symington
Canna Cribs: Season 1, Episode 3.
In this episode of Canna Cribs the growersnetwork.org team visits a 40 acre commercial cannabis grow operation in Snowflake, Arizona to unveil the products and growing methodologies that help Copperstate Farms grow successfully at scale.
Nate heads to Snowflake Arizona to talk to Fifie Symington, founder of Copperstate Farms. Great conversation about the conversion from tomato farm (started by a Candian Lottery winner!) to 40 acre cannabis grow.
Here’s a preview of what you’ll get in the episode!
Nate speaks with cultivation manager, Jacob, and checks out the 55k sq ft mother room, home to 150 strains across 12 hundred “moms.”
Next up is propagation where Nate sees the Copperstates process that includes thousands of cuts, Grodan rockwool, and some beneficials.
“The plants tell us what they want.”
Nate checks out the 100k sq ft veg room at Copperstate and learns more about rockwool, Medicoir, drip systems, sulfur, smart PAR LEDs, and more.
It’s all about control! Nate visits the flower room and learns how Copperstate controls the environment with Priva. He also checks out their pruning routine, vertical trellis (?!), and an IPM regimen featuring CLO2
4000 Pounds of cannabis in one room! Nate visits one of the cleanest drying room he’s ever seen and learns about Copperstate’s “wall of air,” a novel approach to airflow in the grow.
Copperstate shows off their cold curing room that was once used for tomato storage. What’s the secret to a good cure? For Copperstate it’s C-Vault and Boveda.
Nate checks out the hybrid trim process that includes a gentle tumble through their GreenBroz trimmer and then finished off by hand. Are those Trim Bins?
Nate talks to Ivan about keeping flower fresh and sees some joints. LOTS of joints.
It’s extraction time. Lab manager, Alec, teaches nate about the extraction process and shows off their state of the art extraction equipment (Delta Separations, Vatalis Q90, Root Sciences) that allows them to extract 300 pounds of product with one technician in a single shift.
Sarah and Alex from Good Things Coming show off their chef driven edible line and explain why they are one “bad ass brand of edibles.”
Kathryn from Bioanalytical Laboratories (3rd party on-site lab) takes Nate through the cannabis testing process at Copperstate. What are they looking for? Cannabinoids, terpenes, and microbes. Nate even does an assay! Stick around for the Cure Advantage automated curing system.
Remember Good Things Coming? Time to try a few of their edibles!