Local business offers boot camp cannabis course for new growers
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Recreational cannabis is a brand-new industry in New Mexico, and business is booming. So how do you get involved?
SeedCrest, a local business, is trying to prepare New Mexicans with the educational tools it takes to get started.
“We’re looking to create the infrastructure here in New Mexico that works for New Mexicans so that our folks can have the opportunities so that the labor shortages can be resolved in a way that is more meaningful than just finding worker bees for these projects,” said Shanon Jaramillo, founder of SeedCrest.
Now they are branching out – diving into things you need to know to grow or care for plants at home or at a grow facility.
Brian Alfaro, a plant biologist, is leading the charge for SeedCrest. He says growing cannabis does require special attention and maintenance.
“For example growing cabbage and growing cannabis, the lighting will be different, the structural considerations as far as supporting the plant, will be different,” said Alfaro.
Alfaro worked at a hemp farm in Santa Rosa. Now, he is an assistant professor of biology at Eastern University in Philadelphia.
On top of that, Alfaro will teach this course that he compares to a college-style boot camp. One hour a day for three weeks.
He says you’ll have challenging homework to do along the way – getting your own plant from soil to production.
“It’s an exciting time because now you can grow plants in New Mexico and you can practice,” Alfaro said.
This course starts next week and is designed to give participants baseline knowledge.