Our new Post-Harvest Manager, Allison, has a proven track record of excellence at Harvest Grows. Allison’s passion for quality, along with her deep understanding of the industry and cannabis production, means so much to us and brings something truly unique to our cultivation site.
Q: November brings Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. What do you want people to know about the medical cannabis industry?
I believe that there is still a big misconception surrounding medical marijuana. What I would like people to know about the industry is how important it is to our patients and how many individuals it truly helps. There are so many people still serving life sentences for the criminalization of marijuana, and it’s truly heartbreaking.
Q: As you step into your new position, what goals are you most excited to implement?
First, I’m most excited about enhancing teamwork throughout the whole facility and making sure everyone is on the same page so we can work as a solidified unit. Second, I’ve set a personal goal to learn as much about everything and anything that I can. I want to gain as much knowledge as possible in this industry, in every department, and gain many new skills. Third, I would like to improve performance on the cultivation site—more specifically, quality, quantity, and overall work environment.
Q: What is the unique strength that our cultivation site has?
I think the unique strength this cultivation site has is our team. We have such dedicated and hard-working individuals here who are truly invested in the industry and in getting quality products to patients. Our staff takes things in stride and makes sure to bring their best selves to work every day.
Q: Have you run into any unexpected challenges that actually turned into great learning experiences?
I’ve had my fair share of bumps in the road while working through different positions in the company and learning new skills and processes as I go. I like to take everything as a learning experience, so I believe I wouldn’t have as much knowledge and understanding as I do now without learning from the challenges that I’ve faced. I’m always eager to learn more about this industry and new ways to improve my work or the day-to-day workflow of the facility.
Q: What is the team dynamic at Harvest Grows like? How have you seen it develop since you’ve started?
Coming from the restaurant industry to Harvest Grows, the team dynamic here is very refreshing. It’s more like a close family environment with less stress and hassle. Anyone I’ve ever encountered at Harvest Grows has always been so kind and welcoming since the day I started. I was very nervous at first to come into a new industry and meet new people; however, that feeling was eased within a few hours of my first day. Everyone I work with is very goal-oriented and hard-working, so we all just come together to complete whatever task is needed and still have fun at the same time.
Q: Which developments in the medical marijuana industry during the past few years have you found most exciting?
One recent development in the industry that I have found most exciting is medical marijuana and its effects on cancer cells. I’ve read a lot about how researchers are finding through animal and human trials that when using phytocannabinoids, which have anti-cancer properties, they were able to reduce tumor growth rates in patients suffering from aggressive types of brain cancer.
Q: If you could meet anyone in this world, alive or deceased, who would you choose to meet? Why?
If I could meet anyone in this world, alive or deceased, it’d have to be Bob Marley. Ever since I was a young child, I always believed his music to be so soothing yet powerful. He was such a wise and humble human, and he was an avid advocate for marijuana and for people.
Q: What are your must-have items for travel? Why?
My must-have items for travel would be: twice as many clothes as I need (just to be prepared because I’m always indecisive about my outfits), road snacks to keep you from getting hungry, and music. Music is probably the most important thing for me to have because you must have your own personal concerts to keep yourself entertained.
Q: What fictional character do you relate to the most?
The fictional character that I relate to the most would probably be SpongeBob! It’s always been my favorite cartoon since I was a kid, but I relate in quite a few ways. I consider myself a positive person like SpongeBob, and I’m constantly laughing at something. Another way I can relate to him is through my love for this career. I love my job, and I’m always excited to come to work and to learn something new. We also share the same birth month and cancer horoscope!
Q: If you could change your voice to any accent, which accent would you choose?
If I could change my voice to an accent, it would probably be just a normal city accent. I was born and raised in West Virginia, so I’ve always been told how thick of a country accent I have.
Q: Are there any foods or recipes you’ve been meaning to try?
Q: If animals could talk, what species do you think would have the most to say?
If animals could talk, I think that dogs would have the most to say. They are such energetic, innocent, and loyal animals. Most follow their owners everywhere and always want attention and to be included. They get to experience so many things with humans, and I feel like they already judge our every move, so I think they would have so much to say.