Meet Ryan M.!
He is the Post Harvest Manager at Verdes. In addition to working full time to bring patients quality medicine, he is also a Lobo working towards his MBA. Let’s find out more about him and his important role at Verdes…
What does it mean to be a post-harvest manager?
I have been with Verdes for 2 years as the Post-Harvest Manager. My daily responsibilities include the dry/cure process of plants, submitting samples for testing, allocating product to the packaging department, and maintaining BioTrack THC (Verdes’ cannabis tracking software).
Give us a look at your daily to-do list.
I start my day by looking over the plants on our drying racks. Next, I check on cure jars by burping them (a process that removes moisture from the product in the cure jar which ensures uniform moisture content inside the jar) as necessary.
Then, I make sure the packaging department and dispensary have enough flower to package and make available for patients. At the end my day, I focus on administrative work that needs to get done. This consists of responding to emails and researching new and upcoming information that can be applied to my department at Verdes.
How does the post-harvest process effect our patients?
The post-harvest process ensures that our flower is harvested at the proper time to prepare for our patients. During the post-harvest process, product is also sent to the testing lab. The results we receive from the lab are included on our packaging and show patients our dedication to providing them with quality medicine.
What is the most challenging part about the post-harvest process?
The most challenging part of my job is the cure process as the flower requires a lot of daily care and attention. I carefully watch over our flowers 6-7 days a week. The cure process is known to be an art form in this industry. However, I strive to make it more of a science-based process by using set process and procedures.
What is the most rewarding part of managing the post-harvest department?
The most rewarding part of managing my department is working with so many caring and talented people. They are my family.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my day is getting time to hang out with the plants. I am lucky to be surrounded by the amazing aroma of this special flower every day.
Parting words from Ryan: I treat the plants with as much love and respect as humanly possible with the hope that I am providing a product that our patients love. This is my ultimate goal.