Innovator Spotlight: The Fireweed Factory
Being one of the first commercial cannabis operations in Alaska to be awarded a state standard cultivation license, The Fireweed Factory made efficiency the top priority to meet customer demand while ensuring a successful business. The team retrofitted a small warehouse for commercial production. The plan was to build a vertical garden to utilize the most out of limited space. Paul F. Disdier, Lead Cultivator, worked with Trevor Kirchhoff, the owner of the local hydro shop Get Growing, to find a lighting solution to meet his design needs. Both Paul Jr. and Trevor tested the Fluence SPYDRx PLUS fixture and were impressed with the results, leading Paul Jr. to outfit his facility entirely with SPYDRx PLUS in a three-tiered vertical grow.
With the SPYDR series, the plant canopy can be grown up to six inches away from the fixture. “Getting this close to the light allows us to maximize our vertical cubic space, it’s not just about one plane anymore,” said Disdier. By growing with Fluence LED solutions, Paul has seen an increase in overall yield, potency and flower quality.
The Disdier family are proud of their local roots in Juneau and the commercial cannabis industry. Many of their strains are home-grown in Alaska, some strains in his garden were even bred on their home island of North Douglas. The tourism industry has spurred incredible demand in the Juneau market. With nearly one million visitors each summer, The Fireweed Factory is currently one of three growers supplying both the local and tourism demand. “We are always looking into the future and we know prices are going to drop substantially, it is important to deploy as efficient of a grow as possible to compete against larger operations. Fluence allows us to produce a product at a lower cost while maximizing our square footage. The fact that we can grow this product at a lower price is huge for our business.”