Details By Andrew Kennard July 19, 2021
It all started in a meeting in Las Vegas, where a couple of tribes expressed their concerns about managing the many operations involved with entering the cannabis industry to the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of Violet Gro, Hyperponic, and Sunflower Consulting Group.
“As we had the conversation with the tribes, their interest was finding a partner, not just a vendor,” Terrance Berland, a Native Gro board member and the CEO of Violet Gro, told Native News Online. “And so, the idea of actually being in the co-management space, working with them from beginning through the end of the construction into actual operations was really important.”
Berland and Native Gro Chief Operating Officer Ali McKenzie said that meeting sparked the creation of Native Gro, a new company that was officially established on April 20 and made its debut at the Native American Cannabis and Hemp Conference on June 14, according to a press release. Berland said Native Gro is based in Nevada and has been in talks with tribes on the West Coast
‘There’s so many things to do’
Native Gro markets itself as a “one-stop shop” that combines the services of three companies to cover three cornerstones of the cannabis business. Violet Gro provides agricultural lighting systems for cannabis growing, Hyperponic provides vertical grow systems that manage the environment and nourishment of the plants, and Sunflower Consulting Group helps tribes to develop convenience stores where the product will be sold. Berland said this three-pronged approach will reduce costs for Native Gro and the tribes it works with.
“When you go to build a building, rarely do you hire the electrician and the plumber and the cement contractor and all