Challenge – To expand the area of growing room
Solution – GrowSpan Gothic Cold Frame
Size – 28′ wide x 96′ long
Application – Recreational and Medical Cannabis Production
MJ Industrial Partners, also referred to as MJIP, is making a name for itself in the cannabis industry. The three-year-old company focuses on both medical and recreational cannabis cultivation, something that is still a rarity within the growing community. This dual-purpose production has provided plenty of room for growth, as demand for their product is never lacking.
MJIP is situated atop the picturesque rolling valleys of Covelo. With such a scenic backdrop, as well as their progressive reform on medicinal and recreational marijuana legislation, California is the perfect place to house their cannabis growing operation.
As anticipated, a large increase in production demands within the state meant it was time to expand. Ryan Luper, founder and owner of MJIP, reached out to GrowSpan when he was ready to update their growing facilities. He began working with a dedicated GrowSpan Greenhouse Specialist to discuss his options, and their collaborative process left an impression. Luper said, “Our Greenhouse Specialist Zach was instrumental in making this happen for us.”
Luper expressed MJIP’s need for an economical solution to their lack of space. Based on his Greenhouse Specialist’s guidance, he took advantage of the opportunity to expand by purchasing a 28′ wide by 96′ long GrowSpan Gothic Cold Frame.
Ultimately, a cold frame was the best solution based on its superior functionality and cost-effective price point. The structure provides enhanced environmental control, including increased ventilation and reduced humidity, while also extending growing seasons well into colder months. The opportunity to improve efficiency and meet increased demands within the boundaries of their budget made the cold frame the ideal structure for MJIP.
Omeid Tizpa, the VP of Sales & Marketing and New Business Development, acted as project manager for the expansion with help from Jaslynn Luper, the General Operations Manager. Tizpa elected to oversee installation himself, and upon receipt of the order found assembly a breeze with the instructional aid provided.
The cold frame provided exceptional opportunity for MJIP from the beginning, as it allowed the company even more space to expand than originally anticipated. Tizpa said, “I didn’t think I’d be able to grow the amount I produced. It helped me economically produce a larger amount of product in one greenhouse.” His expectations were exceeded when it came time to grow, as the company was able to produce more within one structure than they had ever done before.
According to Tizpa, he was initially hesitant to utilize such a large cold frame due to the issues some structures have with ventilation. However, his concerns were put to rest when he opened the roll-up side walls using the “Twist-of-the-Wrist” feature. Tizpa said, “The air exchange is incredible, the sides being able to roll up have been amazing …the arm is one of the best devices I’ve used on a greenhouse, ever!” The ability to retract sides of the cold frame aids in providing proper ventilation for the plants by combatting condensation, a vital factor when growing cannabis, while also exposing sightlines to the expansive views outside.
Everyone at MJIP was so thrilled with the results of the harvest that they plan to utilize all GrowSpan Greenhouses in future development projects, including plans currently in the works to expand their growing room from 27,000 square feet to 88,000 square feet. Tizpa said, “GrowSpan tailored a greenhouse to MJIP’s needs and delivered within the timeframe needed. We here at MJIP feel as if GrowSpan is not only our ‘go to’ for greenhouses, but they have also become a partner.”