Frequently asked questions

What makes FBC different from a typical cannabis corporation?


FBC is a worker-owned cooperative committed to creating a stable, respectful working environment while paying fairly for doing the work that we love. Currently in the process of applying to be one of the first Craft Marijuana Cultivator Cooperatives in the country, Farm Bug is made up of cannabis cultivators and business experts focused on delivering the highest quality artisanal cannabis to the Massachusetts medical and adult use market.

We believe that operating on a smaller scale means growing the healthiest plants in the most sustainable ways. We believe that regenerative agricultural practices such as no-till growing, water re-use, and composting can have a positive ecological impact. We believe that developing relationships with our host communities can help to build educationally, economically, and environmentally regenerative places. And we believe that supporting working farms in the Commonwealth gives local farmers and craft growers the infrastructure and operational support to enter the cannabis industry in Massachusetts.

FBC advocates for legislation that benefits farmers, worker-owned businesses, and industry standards that serve the people, the plant, and the planet. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us!




What does Farm Bug Co-op need in order to grow cannabis in my town?


In order for FBC to obtain a license from the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), we need a Host Community Agreement (HCA) with a town. Some towns may also prefer to create bylaws that outline the specific types of cannabis enterprises that they want; other towns may decide that their existing bylaws are sufficient. Prior to signing an HCA, Farm Bug would also need to hold a Community Outreach Meeting to address members of the community and answer any questions. All of this is required by law for FBC to even begin fundraising to break ground on a new site. In order to actually thrive in a community, we also need to engage in ongoing conversations with our neighbors. The reality is that cannabis grow facilities have developed a reputation based on a history of unsustainability in a large-scale, corporate system. Our vision is different, and we would love the opportunity to share this vision with you. If you'd like to have a conversation with us, we would love to hear from you !




How does FBC plan to address common concerns such as traffic, light polution, odor, and security?


Traffic: FBC is planning to start small, regardless of where we are. Our projections are for no more than eight employees in the first two years, and no more than 12 employees through year five. Since our facility will not have any retail sales, we anticipate a minimal increase in traffic.


Light pollution: We plan to grow in sealed greenhouses using light deprivation. This means that most of the light that the plants need comes from the sun, and any supplemental lighting will be fully blocked using blackout curtain technology. Outside of the greenhouse, FBC does not plan to use parking or security lights. The CCC’s stringent security requirements include the use of infrared cameras, which means that FBC can keep the facility secure without additional lighting.

Odor: FBC plans to use a combination of odor mitigation technologies within sealed greenhouses, including carbon, chemical gas absorption, and ozonation. Some of the products that FBC is investigating claim 99.9% efficacy in odor removal.

Security: The CCC has extensive security requirements, including fencing, video monitoring, and alarm systems. Additionally, we plan to work with local police in the design of our security systems to help mitigate any strain on the town’s law enforcement.

If you have additional concerns that we have not addressed here, please let us know!





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