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Affinor to grow lettuce, strawberries and craft cannabis in Abbotsford


April 15, 2021
By Greenhouse Canada

Affinor Growers Inc. says they’ve decided to use part of their new 15,000 square foot leased greenhouse for their automated craft cannabis program, in addition to lettuce and strawberries.

“This will not only save time, but also saves roughly $500,000 in capital expenditures,” says the release.

First publicly announced on January 22, 2021, Affinor entered into a lease agreement with the company’s director and CEO, Nick Brusatore for 27,000 square feet of space,  “consisting of a 15,000 square foot greenhouse operation and a 12,000 square foot composting building located in Abbotsford, British Columbia.”

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The company has applied for a BC Hydro 600V 400A power upgrade to the building to work with electrical contractor Premium Electric. Once BC Hydro completes the power upgrade, Affinor Growers says they will be able to set a planting and launch date for production of strawberries and romaine lettuce.

“Shortly thereafter, the company plans to submit an application to Health Canada for a micro-cultivation license including cannabis evidence package. This is expected to be completed sometime this summer pending suppliers having any possible COVID-19 issues causing any delays,” according to the release.

The terms of the lease is for a duration of 10 years, running from March 1, 2021 to February 28, 2031, with an option to renew the lease for one additional five-year term.

“I believe in our passionate new management team along with our patented vertical technology coupled with our new poly carbonate greenhouse to take us into revenue,” says Brusatore. The company has previously developed vertical growing tower prototypes for strawberries, tested with the University of Fraser Valley.

Affinor is looking to launch new composting technology for soil remediation and to use alternative energy solutions.

“The company also plans to license its patented technology, automation turnkey process and QA processes globally.”

With files from Affinor Growers