Local Cannabis Entrepreneurs Launch Farm Tours Across Northern Vermont

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Vermont Business Magazine With legal THC sales set to begin in October, two licensed Northern Vermont cannabis cultivators have announced the launch of Vermontijuana Cannabis Tours which will take place over six weekends beginning August 19.

Cannabis tours meet guests at local bars with a school bus and transport them to nearby licensed cannabis farms where growers share the basics of growing cannabis outdoors in Northern Vermont and all that it takes to commercialize legal THC cannabis.

Visitors must be over 21, but no cannabis samples are included, explained Eli Harrington, who is the tour company’s founder and lead guide, as well as Vermontijuana Farm’s head grower. .

“Guests come to see, smell and photograph the plants growing in the ground in their natural outdoor environment. Due to regulations, we can’t bring them to the garden and we can’t sell them our THC – partly because it hasn’t finished growing – but people can smoke theirs.

Along with his tour partner, Ben Wilcox of Off Piste Farm in Sutton, Vermontijuana offers two tour sessions at two different locations in East Burke (Mike’s Tiki Bar) on Friday nights for Off Piste Farm and West Glover (Parker Pie Co.) on Sunday afternoon for Vermontijuana Farmstead. The tours cover the same information, but at different locations and times of day.

Wilcox is an experienced cannabis grower who previously operated Off Piste Farm as a certified organic CBD hemp farm and received his Level 1 THC cultivation license in 2022 with Harrington. In addition to tours, Off Piste Farm currently rents out three primitive campsites on the “Hipcamp” website, including two platforms built by Wilcox with lumber he harvested from his property.

Although Harrington and Wilcox are now licensed as state THC growers and ready to sell their crops this fall, they are explicit and candid in explaining that the tours do not include any THC samples or ‘freebies’ and that they cannot legally sell yet. THC products of their respective properties.

“For now, we will sell them our eggs, chickens, maple syrup, vegetables, CBD and other agricultural products in small batches. Right now, in the early stages of the industry, it is more important to educate consumers about these amazing plants and to be responsible stewards of our cannabis industry, and try to benefit our communities. communities and our small business colleagues. Agritourism has enormous net benefits to rural communities, and we expect cannabis-related agritourism to have an even greater positive impact.

The majority of tours will take place on Fridays and Sundays with a few select dates on Saturdays depending on tickets available on the Seven Days ticketing site. Transportation to and from the farms will be provided by an independent, area-based bus company on a school bus that can accommodate up to 40 participants on Vermontijuana Farmstead tours on Sundays and 20 participants on off-road tours Friday through weekends. -end of Labor Day. .

Harrington is also a cannabis consultant and presenter at the 2022 International Agritourism Workshop, where he will lead a session on the possibilities of cannabis agritourism and the experiences of operating Vermontijuana cannabis tours in Vermont.

Source and pictures: [IRASBURG, VERMONT, July 2022] – Vermontijuana

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