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The best fertilizer to grow cannabis? Apparently, it’s fish

The company has developed a system of filtering fish waste and using it to fertilize their cannabis plants, which then in turn filter and clean the water for the fish

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    In a rural facility in southern Ontario, licensed producer Green Relief is operating an aquaponic farm using fish to help produce large crops of medical cannabis.

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    The company has developed a system of filtering fish waste and using it to fertilize their cannabis plants, which then, in turn, filter and clean the water for the fish.

    “Aquaponics combines the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics, without the need to discard water or add chemical fertilizers,” the company says on their website, claiming to be using “the most innovative and sustainable form of agriculture.”

    Green Relief claims to be the only licensed producer that uses this method to grow their cannabis crops, which took upwards of two years to develop and refine.

    Co-founded by friends Steve Leblanc and Warren Bravo in 2013, Green Relief’s system contains about 4500 cannabis plants and 6000 tilapia within the closed-loop system. The founders claim the facility has 10-20 percent superior yields while using 90 percent less water than most conventional grows via its 16 fish tanks. The company regularly empties its tanks and donates tilapia to food charity Second Harvest, which transports the fish to the kitchen of a local homeless shelter.

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    Green Relief’s current operation is built underground into the side of a hill, with ventilation equipment emitting at the ground above. The facility is insulated by the earth that surrounds it. Plans to expand the Hamilton-based farm are in full swing and expected to add another 20,000 kg of cannabis to the company’s yearly output, and also include packaging and manufacturing operations to process the harvest from its own and other facilities.

    Having partnered with other operations to expand facilities into Halifax and Thunder Bay, Green Relief is looking to increase its production even more; each of those facilities is expected to produce an annual crop of up to 20,000kg respectively when completed.

    Backed by an estimated $18million derived from private investors, Green Relief is looking to list itself on the Canadian Securities Exchange to continue its plans for growth and expansion. The company says a public offering is in the works in the near future and hopes to be profitable by the end of 2019.

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