Cannabis Facility Design and Operational Strategies

​Greenhouse and Warehouse

 

BACKGROUND

 
 
Fred Green Consulting:  Princeton, MA

 2013 - present;  Engaged by clients in the USA, Canada, and Australia, specializing in medicinal cannabis facility design and operation, with a focus on energy and production efficiency, as well as effective environmental control.


Cultivation General Manager, William Noyes Webster Foundation, 30 Industrial Park Rd, Plymouth, MA.


 April, 2016 – May 2017; completed design of 36,000 sq ft cultivation facility, worked with engineers and contractors to obtain building permit and begin construction; lobbied successfully for a large cash energy conservation incentive from EverSource; create SOP's and operational plan that includes grow methodologies, nutrient and strain selections, and a detailed production schedule; assist HR with review of potential staff; advise on financial projections; meet with investor groups to discuss the details of the project and the industry in general.



Director of OperationsAbba Medix Group Inc., 1773 Bayly Street, Pickering, ONT, Canada

Sept. 2014 – Sept. 2015; oversee the design, construction, and operation of Abba’s 14,000 sq. ft. indoor facility for the production of pharmaceutical grade cannabis; ensure that all requirements and regulations of Health Canada’s MMPR were met.   Work to improve production at greenhouse cannabis grower Redecan Pharm after it was announced that the company would be acquired by Abba Medix.


Head of CultivationMedical Marijuana of Massachusetts, 9 Collins Ave, Plymouth, MA 


March - June, 2014; assist in the design, construction, and operation of MMM's  30,000 sq. ft. indoor production facility. In January 2014 the company was awarded three provisional licenses to supply it's own dispensaries in Southeastern, MA.  Although Triple M had received the highest score in the license application process, the provisional licenses were revoked by the State at the end of June, 2014, because the State deemed the Corporation to be a "for profit" company, not a "non-profit" as required by the Department of Public Health Statute.


Founder, Owner, OperatorPrinceton Sweet Peas, 66 Calamint Hill Rd North, Princeton, MA

2011- 2015;  Cultivated four acres of field grown cut flowers, including over 60 varieties of annuals, perennials, and shrubs; product was sold to local wholesale and retail accounts.

 

Founder, Owner, Operator:  Stow Greenhouses, 84 Walcott St., Stow, MA

 1978-2010; New England's premier year-round grower of cut flowers for over thirty years; over 600,000 stems produced annually; flowers were sold to wholesalers throughout the northeast, and at numerous local farmers markets; facility consisted of 40,000 sq. ft. of modern, glass roofed greenhouse; one of the most mechanized and automated greenhouse facilities anywhere in the USA.


Education

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  1977-1979.  Master of Professional Studies Degree, Commercial  Floriculture; course work included floral crop production, plant pathology, agronomy, plant propagation, and business management. 

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.1971-1975.  Bachelors Degree, Classics

                        Awards:     Cum Laude
                                          Emery Classics Prize
                                          Sewall Latin Prize
                                          Nominated for Rhodes Scholarship
                                          Shulman Award, Varsity Ice Hockey      


 
Industry Activities
                                                         

Board of Directors, Boston Flower Exchange Corporation, 540 Albany St., Boston, MA;  Facilities Committee Chairman.  The Boston Flower Exchange is a 70,000 sq. ft. wholesale market that houses fourteen independent vendors who supply the needs of New England's retail floral outlets.  Served as a Director for approximately eight years.
 
Advisory Board, First Pioneer Farm Credit;Farm Credit is the leading lender to agricultural businesses throughout the Northeastern USA.  The Advisory Board offers suggestions as to how the Corporation can better meet the needs of its customers.

Vice President, Massachusetts Flower Growers Association; the MFGA aids MA member growers in all aspects of running their businesses, from production to marketing.  Served two terms. 

Industry Speaker:  Boston Society of Architects Workshop on Cannabis Facility Design, Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo Boston, 2017, New England Greenhouse Conference, Worcester, MA;  Southeast Greenhouse  Conference, Greenville, SC;  Grower Expo, Chicago, IL;  Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers National Conference, Worcester, MA.