Agriculture


Old mills get a new lease from cannabis

February 19, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Previously Published in Boston Globe

Massachusetts is home to dozens of old textile and paper mills that once thrived, making the state a manufacturing powerhouse. By the 1950s, those industry jobs moved south and the mill buildings deteriorated from decades of neglect. Many have been repurposed as apartments or smaller businesses. Some have been torn down. But one unlikely industry is bringing them back: cannabis. see more


2018 Farm Bill: Boom or Bust for Mass. Hemp?

December 31, 2018 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Previously Published in Boston Globe

For many struggling small farms in Massachusetts, the 2018 federal farm bill could be a game changer. The long-awaited measure, signed into law last month, removed hemp — the nonpsychoactive variety of cannabis — from the federal government’s list of controlled substances. The legislation is seen as an important opportunity to help make small farms financially sustainable — even profitable. see more


CAN SUSTAINABLE CANNABIS DISRUPT BIG AGRICULTURE? 

November 19, 2018 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Previously Published in Overture Global Magazine

On the cusp of broader legalization, local early operators in the Massachussetts cannabis industry are figuring out how to position themselves and their businesses for a potential rush of new regulation, commercialization, and supersized competition. But they also have an eye on how their lessons learned can help reform and improve other fields of farming nationwide. see more


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UNDERSTANDING WHAT'S IMPORTANT IN YOUR ANALYTIC REPORTS

January 31, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD

Your next meeting starts in fifteen minutes. You have the latest analytic report in your hand and need to get the gist of it fast. What is the most important information you need to understand? This post explains what parts of analytic reports are most important to understand. see more


Be Proactive: Defend your Enterprise Network with a Threat Intelligence Platform

December 17, 2019 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Textbroker.com

Threat Intelligence Platforms (TIPs) help organizations collect, compare, and analyze threat data from multiple sources in real time to support defensive actions. This post explains the importance of having TIPs service and what it entails. see more


ENTREPRENEURS


CHEF: EMILY ELMEN

July 31, 2018 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Previously Published in ElevateNE.com  

Recently Emily Elmen gave me a tour of her workplace, In Good Health, one of the largest cannabis dispensaries in Massachusetts. We ended the tour in the kitchen where cannabis was magically being transformed into chocolate, lozenges, cold-brew coffee, topicals, and much, much more. In the kitchen, and in a later phone interview, she described her cannabis journey from medical treatment in college, to becoming Director of Infused Product Development at In Good Health. see more


AGRO-ENGINEER: AJA ATWOOD

April 20, 2018 | CHRISTINE GIRAUD | Previously published in ElevateNE.com   

On a sunny and cool day, I met with Aja Atwood at the home she shares with her partner on Cape Cod. The house faces a beautiful view of a pond and forest. But Aja, used to the gorgeous scenery, was more excited to talk about cannabis and her agritech enterprise, Trella Technologies, LLC. We got to it. see more