US (MA): Greens growers branch out to marijuana

Ashley and John Irving are farmers.

But you won’t see them out working in a field.

They grow their crops, organic micro-greens, in pans neatly arranged on wooden racks, under special growing lights behind high brick walls wrapped around 15,000 square feet of floor space in an old factory at 81 West St. in Attleboro.

Now married and living in Attleboro, they produce 20-25 varieties of micro-greens, which are ordinary vegetables, like celery, peas, broccoli, beets, chard and radish, but are harvested as sprouts.

The couple employs about 20 workers and sells to supermarkets and restaurants in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and New York.

But now they want to use their farming skills for another crop — marijuana.

They plan to start with 12 varieties specifically geared to the medical marijuana market in a business to be known as The Leonard J. Irving Center.

They’re also planning to grow recreational marijuana at some point and aim to sell both recreational and medical in the retail market.

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