Native Roots is one of the largest dispensaries in Colorado with 20 locations and more on the way. To maintain a healthy stock of their own premium flower in their shops, they’ve built a large, in-house cultivation operation.
Here are the top level details:
- Perpetual harvest model – harvesting 450-550 plants per day.
- Grow a wide variety of cultivars – more than 60 in their catalogue
- Proud of their product quality and attention to detail
- Employ 4 distinct teams in the harvesting / processing process, including:
- Harvest team that runs bucking and machine trimming
- Manicure team that hand-finishes flower and operates as last-line QA
- Currently trimming wet, but have begun testing a dry trim process for some cultivars
We had the opportunity to speak with Nelson Oldham, the Senior Manager of Flower Processing at Native Roots, to learn more about why they decided to upgrade to Mobius M108S Trimmers.
Purchased four years ago, Native Roots had been machine trimming with a fleet of 12 Twister Trimmer T4s. They were operated in tandem configuration (two units paired front to back), so on a daily basis they had up to 6 trim lines operating at once. As their machines aged, they began to see a steady and growing stream of problems.
Nelson and the Native Roots team began looking for other options. They needed to decide whether they wanted to make another purchase of machines that weren’t serving them well, but “did the job”, or make an investment in new technology. GMP certification is a goal at Native Roots, so they were especially interested in machines that were designed to fit into a highly-regulated facility.
Native Roots made the decision to purchase two Mobius M108S Trimmers to run in a tandem configuration with conveyors. The hope was that they could replace nearly all of their aging Twister T4 units with a single Mobius trim line. To help keep their cleaning time down and extend the life of their AirThread Tension Tumblers, they also opted to purchase an Automated Tumbler and Brush Washer.
Mission accomplished! According to Nelson, after nearly two months of operation, the improvements have transformed their post-harvest operations.
The replacement of their fleet of 12 Twister T4s with only two M108S units means that they have less equipment to set up, less equipment to clean, and less equipment to maintain. This equates to substantial time and labor cost savings. They’ve kept their manicure team in place, but their time and effort is vastly reduced.
An added bonus to their investment in Mobius M108S Trimmers was operational flexibility to make other changes or improvements in their processes. For example, the ability to switch between wet and dry trimming with no equipment or component changes needed. According to Nelson, “we’re currently testing dry trimming on some of our cultivars. Being able to adjust the speed, suction, and tilt on the M108S means we can dial it down to settings that are more gentle on the product, and better suited for dry trimming.” With the wide variety of strains they’re growing, they can now even switch between wet and dry based on the best process for each strain or end product requirements.
Their decision to deploy Mobius M108S Trimmers has also future-proofed their goal of GMP certification. Contrasted with Twister machines, the M108S was designed to work in a GMP environment.
We were happy to give Nelson the last word in our interview: