Tweed is transforming the former Hershey chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ontario, into a clean, efficient, and secure licensed facility for growing and processing medical marijuana.
The site occupies 40 acres, with almost half a million square feet of enclosed space for grow operations.
The Tweed production facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario, is housed in the former Hershey chocolate factory. Our initial 168,000 sq. ft. licensed production area within the facility will allow for peak production of up to 75,000 plants at different stages of growth.
The facility will be divided into multiple indoor growing rooms, each housing up to 640 plants. Temperature, humidity, irrigation, fertilization, and light cycles will be monitored using a state-of-the-art computer control system. Natural pest control will be implemented to ensure a clean product.
The production cycle for each plant will be 84–112 days from start to finish, and the facility will provide a harvest every 2 weeks, year-round.
Tweed will grow a variety of strains to remedy a variety of medical symptoms such as pain, insomnia, inflammation, seizures, appetite loss and depression.
Once the initial strains are established, all plants will be propagated (cloned) on site from our own stock material to:
- Ensure product consistency
- Shorten production time
- Guarantee availability of popular strains
- Eliminate potential entry points for disease
- Each of our stock plant yields 15–20 genetically identical cuttings every two weeks
- 6" tall cuttings rooted in small peat moss “plugs” (14 days)
- Rooted cuttings transplanted into 4" biodegradable coconut fibre pots with sterile soil mix
- Fibre pots grown in an automated hydroponic watering system under 24 hours of fluorescent light (2 weeks)
- Healthy, well-rooted fibre pots planted into larger 4-gallon nursery pots and moved to final growing site
- Pots placed in hydroponic growing system and fed high-quality, greenhouse-grade plant nutrients (8–12 weeks)
- Atmosphere enriched with carbon dioxide (CO2) to maximize essential oil production
- Growers test plants to determine when oil production has peaked
- Large leaves removed and trimmed by hand
- Plants hung to dry in specialized environmentally-controlled room (5–7 days)
- Dried buds removed and cured in air-tight containers (2 weeks or longer, depending on varietal characteristics)
- Final manicuring of each bud
- Finished product stored in secure vaults until orders are processed and shipped to customers