A New Business Model: Helping Socially Equitable Cannabis Farming Cooperatives Obtain Capital


APRIL 15, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST


A New Business Model: Helping Socially Equitable Cannabis Farming Cooperatives Obtain Capital

Thursday, April 15
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST

During this webinar, we will be introduced to a new business model that is helping farming cooperatives obtain the capital they need to launch the cooperative with the final exit strategy being a sale back to the employees/new members of the cooperative.

We will hear from the owners of Roaring Glen Farms as they have worked their way through the legislature to realize their dream of having a cooperative cannabis farm helping those who have been disenfranchised while giving farmers a way to compete against heavily funded corporate America.

Roaring Glen Farms is a farm in Conway MA that has procured the first Craft Marijuana Cooperative License in the state for MA. They are using a business model that is designed to sell the memberships back to the employees after providing the initial Grower Members significant returns in the first 5 years.


4:00 – 5:00 PM EST
Panel Discussion


This is a virtual event



Lisa GustavsenLisa Gustavsen, Co-founder, Roaring Glen Farms

Lisa Gustavsen, is a native Vermonter, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Yale University’s School for the Environment. Lisa is an entrepreneur, mother, seasoned manager, and scientist in both the private and public sectors with over 30 years of professional experience. Lisa and her husband John live on a 60-acre farm in Western Massachusetts.


John MooreJohn Moore, Co-founder, Roaring Glen Farms

Co-founder, John Moore is a 12th generation Massachusetts farmer who was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts and grew up exploring the lands and waters of Franklin County before joining the US Air Force to travel the world. John is a Cannabis entrepreneur – first cohort in the MA Social Equity Program, US Veteran, Massachusetts farmer, Massachusetts licensed timber harvester, carpenter, furniture restorer, medaled marksman, and father. Co-founder of Roaring Glen Farms LLC, John successfully secured the first Massachusetts Craft Marijuana Cannabis provisional license from the MA Cannabis Control Commission. John and his wife Lisa live on a 60-acre farm in Western Massachusetts.


John IrelandJohn Ireland Partner, The Cultivation Bureau

John Ireland has been part of the MIT EF here in CT for over 8 years and has his own consulting practice. He has teamed up with Shannon at The Cultivation Bureau to take part in the ever-growing Hemp and Cannabis markets. His degree in Biochemical Engineering and his many years in the oil industry gives him insights into the nascent market.


Shannon CulleyShannon Culley Partner, The Cultivation Bureau

Shannon Culley has been a global business executive/director at start-ups for the past 25 years. Under his leadership, Shannon nurtured fully integrated, stand-alone business units while providing inventive solutions that expanded business capabilities and dramatically increased revenue. With 10yrs or Cannabis grow, extraction, and product development experience, ‘The Cultivation Bureau’ was created in 2018 with a vision to help nurture start-ups entering into the Cannabis and Hemp marketplace. In 2019 Shannon managed the operations of the largest Hemp farm – ‘Field of Tranquility LLC’, in the State of Connecticut. Successfully growing 40 acres, 50,000 plants, and producing in excess of 60,000 lbs of high-quality biomass.


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