Newberry, FL – A new player has emerged in the budding Floridian hemp industry; Green Earth Cannaceuticals, Inc. (“GEC”), a subsidiary of Newberry, Newberry’s The Green House Nursery and Garden Supply LLC. (“The Green House Nursery”), has announced its involvement in a research partnership with Florida A&M University (“FAMU” or the “University”) in conducting research for the University’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Project (the “Project”).
In October of 2018, FAMU began the process of receiving proposals and vetting prospective companies to conduct research for the Project. FAMU’s primary research goals are to determine what hemp strains may be best suited for Floridian cultivation, business practices that make hemp production commercially viable, and assessing the risk of hemp as an invasive species.
On March 8th, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that GEC was one or three companies chosen for a Hemp partnership by FAMU’s Board of Trustees. On April 25th, Justin Green (CEO) signed the contract making this partnership official. As of now, GEC has is received site approval from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to begin operations. GEC has ordered 45,000 seedlings from Kentucky into Florida, making the company the first operational third-party hemp research program in the state.
GEC offers an expertise in Floridian cannabis cultivation. Scott Burgett (COO), Scott Wright (Director of Cultivation), and Zachery Burgett (Inventory Manager) all have experience cultivating cannabis in Florida. They each held leadership positions in one of Florida’s first Medical Marijuana Licensed companies. Additionally, Scott Burgett has consulted for hemp operations in Tennessee, Colorado, Kentucky, and Montana.
“One of FAMU’s missions in conducting this project was to offer support to the minority, female, and veteran citizens of Florida,” says Scott Burgett, “As disabled vets, Scotty (Mr. Wright) and I are very grateful for this opportunity, and GEC will do everything in its power to support and give back to US veterans and other underserved communities.” GEC is actively involved with Florida’s veteran community, having engaged in outreach with the American Legion and the Weed for Warriors Project respectively.
In its collaboration with FAMU, GEC has offered paid internship opportunities for select University students. “We are hoping to open up the hemp industry to the next generation,” Mr. Burgett goes on to say, “We recognize the almost limitless potential of the hemp industry. It’s not just a crop for farmers; there are countless jobs created as a result of hemp cultivation.”
GEC will begin operations on approximately 350 acres across several locations. GEC Headquarters is located in Newberry at The Green House Nursery. Additionally, GEC has partnered with Hook-R Farms of Polk County, Henry Farms of Leon County, Five Oaks of Alachua County, and owns a second location in Alachua.