Next Big Crop

Rich Cardinal

Managing Director, Next Big Crop

As Managing Director for Next Big Crop, Rich is responsible for leading projects in multiple states and managing a staff of nearly 20 as they are deployed for business development and securing license applications; design and build-out of cultivation and production facilities; and launching the business and overseeing facility operations management, including developing SOPs, maintaining compliance and conducting on-site staff training. During his experience in Colorado’s medical marijuana system, Rich oversaw the construction and operations of multiple commercial cultivation facilities. He managed the construction and operations of Boulder Kind Care’s warehouse grows from 2009 – 2012. In the process, he developed cultivation techniques specific for large scale commercial warehouse grows. In 2012, Rich took over the retro-fitting of a 42,000 square foot greenhouse, the largest legal cannabis cultivation facility in the country at the time. Under his control, that greenhouse produced over a ton of high-grade medical marijuana in 2013. He formed Next Big Crop Consulting in 2013 to help clients by lending his expertise in cultivation design, operations and construction.

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