Burning Acre is ‘the spot to be’ as Columbia’s first in-house hemp plant, CBD facility

Jay Powell

| The constant Herald

It may not be Green Acres, but Columbia’s latest Cannabidiol (CBD) store, Burning Acre, is unquestionably working toward a much greener future by growing its very own hemp items in-house at its brand new head office in Columbia.

Founder and owner of Burning Acre John Cureton saw a chance to introduce the business that is new Tennessee and Columbia, places that have embraced the surge in CBD and hemp-related products.

The business currently operates primarily as a grower/manufacturer for about a dozen businesses throughout the state, while also offering its café/lounge that is own at location, where clients can browse its numerous items such as CBD flower buds, cooked products, sweets, vape cartridges, different natural oils and shower items.

Whether utilized instead of medicine that is traditional treating ailments like arthritis, anxiety or digestive issues or as a safer way to promote relaxation, CBD products are now considered much less harmful than alcohol or tobacco.

The hemp-growing industry has also opened doors for the younger generation, much like Cureton, to embark upon the tradition that is time-honored of and cultivation.

In 2021, multiple CBD and hemp-related shops have actually exposed in the region, but only Burning Acres produces its things from beginning to end in a single center, including planting, harvesting and marketing and advertising 100% in-house. Additionally it is the facility that is only Columbia with a large enough space to pull it off.

Burning Acre, 2484 Park Plus Dr., launched a soft opening of its 12,000-square-foot facility in January with plans to expand the space to a 15,000-square-foot, two-tier grow operation over the next few months.

“We’re going to have a full-on grow that is two-tier. There currently is not any such thing like this in Columbia. You want to additionally expand and gives our items at all the farmer that is local markets,” Cureton said.

“We’re set for the round that is next and it is likely to be a great deal. There was a whole lot going on, which will be exhausting, nonetheless it seems excellent, particularly when we are currently getting all this feedback that is good”

The goal, Cureton said, is not to only expand the facility’s grow operation, but also make Burning Acre a destination to hang out and host events that are special such as for instance real time music, meals vehicles and community fundraisers.

“Burning Acre type of has a leg up because i have had experience in most with this. It has been my forté for a time that is long and so I’m excited,” he said.

From California to Muletown

Cureton got his start in the* that is( industry in 2002, whenever there have been not many guidelines regarding cannabis and CBD legalization.

He vividly recalls the time scale as an time that is exciting marijuana was becoming a more acceptable product to market, not to mention very lucrative. However, there were still many risks involved and competition that is stiff growers.

After making an awesome $5,000 on their batch that is first of, Cureton knew he’d found his calling.

As the years went by, Cureton relocated to Nashville, where he got involved in the film industry. Once marijuana that is recreational appropriate in Colorado in 2012, he relocated towards the Centennial State to start a dispensary, finding great success.

Many states would later pass different guidelines marijuana that is regarding CBD over the next several years, and once legislation hit the CBD market in Southern states, he saw an opportunity to get in on the ground floor. With almost 20 years of experience in the industry, building up his previous shops and operating in some of the biggest markets in the nation, he saw its heading that is future towards.

Cureton brought their expertise of growing the item to Tennessee, that was a crop numerous farmers that are southern not familiar with.

“I started this as a consulting company, helping farms throughout Tennessee and Kentucky, teaching them how to grow better,” Cureton said. “What I continue to see over and over are things like people making $100,000 mistakes in not being able to cure properly, not harvest properly. And it’s he realized it was the right time to put his hat in the race.

“We because they just didn’t know and were used to growing things like corn or tobacco.”

Once the edible and tincture market began to take off began with chocolate chip snacks, which generated brownies and snickerdoodles, now we’ve a menu that is full” Cureton said. “It’s working out really well, and now we’re in about 12 stores. It’s growing pretty quickly and is not slowing down.”

A Greener future for all

As the season approaches that are harvest, Cureton is excited to produce a stronger client base locally, which he stated has recently started to lose.

As more guidelines are passed away regarding medical and marijuana that is recreational he believes it’s only a matter of time before Tennessee joins more than a dozen states, including Washington D.C., who have legalized cannabis in some form.

However, when that time comes he says the market must be properly regulated, not just to be fair to other business owners, but to also produce a product that is safe clients.

“That’s something i really do hope Tennessee doesn’t just allow, that everybody and anybody can open,” he said. ” You risk having price wars, a race to the bottom, and you have people getting into the industry who are cutting corners and doing bad things to the

, and they wouldn’t tell anybody.”

In the meantime, the store will remain hard at work at finishing its buildout operation, creating new products for its menu and coming up with ideas for a proper opening that is grand

The End product will be a accepted place that not only manufactures its product throughout the country, but provides a spot for people to visit, hang out and become part of the Burning Acre community, he said.

“We’re going to have a lot of grand opening stuff, and we’re going to have artist that is local Herrington paint a lot of murals and hang art. We are going to have seats create and gives coffee, reside food and music trucks,” Cureton said.(*)”It’s just going to keep evolving more and more each “(*)Burning week Acre’s running hours are Tuesday-Saturday. To get hold of the shop, call (931) 901-0340 or email.com that is [email protected](*)

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