FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Women Grow – Flemington, the New Jersey branch of the national cannabis networking organization, will host two professional medical cannabis growers during a workshop on cultivating in the legal cannabis industry.


John Lehmann, consultant and founder of LoFade Laboratories, is a southern Oregon medical grower and processor and a New Jersey native. He has spent the last seven years designing processes that blend efficiency and scientific understanding into the cultivation and harvesting process. These include irrigation methods, building soils, automatic fertilization methods, composting, sustainable practices and more.


"Cultivation is a crucial part of the cannabis industry because, naturally, the plant is where it all begins, and we want NJ to be an innovative cultivation leader," said Stacey Yalenti, CPA, Women Grow – Flemington market leader and principal of Crabapple Cove Accounting Group. "We are pleased to bring in an expert like John to break down the intricacies and complexity of the cultivation and harvest process and explain just how the cultivation space has evolved over the past several years."

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Also speaking will be cannabis cultivation specialist and operations consultant Darren Henney, who has more than six years' experience in the legal cannabis industry, most recently as the director of cultivation at the Compassionate Care Foundation, a New Jersey alternative treatment center.

Henney oversaw Compassionate Care Foundation's development of the state's highest THC strain, Sour Banana Sherbet, as well as the highest CBD strain, AC/DC. Henney also helped boost production by more than 300 percent and increase sales by more than 400 percent during his tenure.

"Darren has immense experience cultivating in the New Jersey market and his knowledge will be indispensable to those trying to break into the space as we move toward legalization," Yalenti said. "Whether you're looking to open your own cultivation facility or simply find employment in that space, his experience is unmatched and invaluable."

Also speaking at the event will be Bonniwell Graham III, New Jersey chapter President for Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM). As a healthcare professional, Graham has studied cannabis and its effects on those with chronic pain and other health conditions. He hopes to use his role as president of New Jersey’s M4MM chapter to bring equity and equality to all people interested in cannabis.

Bonniwell has advocated for addressing health inequality experienced by low income New Jersey residents and people of color. He works with religious organizations to help families and individuals establish comprehensive and feasible financial and healthy living goals. With a heavy background in both politics and healthcare, he has channeled his energy into serving the people of the community for more than 15 years.

The Women Grow event is sponsored by Crabapple Cove Accounting Group. The event will take place with networking beginning at 6 p.m. and speakers starting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2018, at Lone Eagle Brewery, 44 Stangl Road, Flemington. Tickets are $30. Light refreshments are included. For more information and to purchase tickets, https://impactflow.com/event/what-it-really-takes-to-grow-cannabis-on-medium-and-large-scales-9282 or visit  http://www.womengrow.com.



Crabapple Cove Accounting Group is an accounting firm which specializes in the highly-regulated cannabis industry. The practice, based in Flemington, N.J., provides financial services such as license application projections, cost accounting, tax code section 280E compliance, cash flow management, internal control design, financial reporting, and business regulation compliance.  The practice is led by Stacey Yalenti, market leader for Women Grow’s Flemington chapter. For more information, visit www.CrabappleCoveGroup.com.

Women Grow is a professional national networking organization that educates, empowers, inspires and connects women leaders in the cannabis industry. Through monthly networking events and national conferences, the organization shines a spotlight on individuals and companies building a diverse, fair cannabis industry. The for-profit organization welcomes women (and men) entrepreneurs and leaders at all stages of business development from within the many sectors of the legal cannabis industry. Women Grow currently has more than 30 markets in the U.S. and Canada, with additional markets slated to launch this year. Visit WomenGrow.com to learn more, locate or apply to start a chapter, and tap into the organization’s knowledge base and speaker’s bureau. Follow Women Grow on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram (@womengrow).