The modern face of farming in this region is changing. This is the final instalment of a four-part series examining the evolution underway in agriculture and how it’s changing our rural and urban communities.
Before the last federal election, the idea of openly growing pot in a field would have been dismissed as reefer madness — and illegal, too. But the Liberals won that contest, formed government, and their campaign promise to legalize recreational marijuana came to fruition this month.
The legislation has also spawned the first proposed (and legal) outdoor cannabis farm in the Ottawa Valley.
Mark Spear, a 34-year-old Ottawa native who has worked in the cannabis industry since 2014, wants to convert a 50-acre plot of farmland in Beckwith Township, into a “canna-tourism” complex that will grow more than 100,000 cannabis plants by 2020, run workshops on how to grow and cook with marijuana, and allow visitors to relax at a pot-friendly