Cannabis convention coming to Green Karma Farm in Orange

  • Emily Jillson and Brandy Lefsyk with local crafts at their Green Karma Farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange. The business will host a cannabis convention this summer. Staff FILE Photo/Paul Franz

  • Local crafts and clothing for sale at Green Karma Farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange. The business will host a cannabis convention this summer. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

  • Green Karma Farm on Wheeler Avenue in Orange, formerly the Johnson’s Farm Restaurant. The business will host a cannabis convention this summer. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 4/8/2021 2:08:05 PM
Modified: 4/8/2021 2:08:02 PM

ORANGE — Marijuana, hemp and CBD industry professionals will converge on Green Karma Farm this summer for a cannabis convention called “BeanCon.”

North Attleborough-based NECANN, which organizes and operates cannabis conventions, will run the outdoor small-business event featuring representatives from companies specializing in the genetics, cultivation and retail of marijuana and hemp. No one younger than 21 will be permitted at the event, which is slated to last from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 26.

“We hope it will be an annual event on (NECANN’s) circuit, but we’ll see how the first one goes,” said Emily Jillson, one Green Karma Farm’s owners.

She said there will be food trucks, roughly 100 vendors, live entertainment and guest speakers on the 210 Wheeler Ave. property. Also, co-owner Brandy Lefsyk, who has been a yoga instructor for about 15 years, plans to offer 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. yoga classes.

Jillson clarified there will be no drug use at the event.

“It’s not that type of event,” she said. “It’s more of a conference event.”

Green Karma Farm operates out of the former Johnson’s Farm Restaurant, which closed two years ago. Jillson worked there as a waitress for seven years. The downstairs store carries artisan crafts made by local vendors, CBD products and cage-free eggs, and Lefsyk offers yoga classes. There is also a kitchen that is now open.

Mike Koeller, who owns the land Green Karma Farm sits on and leases the property to Jillson and Lefsyk, said the idea behind the convention is to create a space for cannabis entrepreneurs to get together.

“This is really a great opportunity for Orange to get some industry players into town and kind of familiarize themselves with the area as a place to do business,” he said.

Koeller said the cannabis industry is not very different than others, and the vendors headed to Green Karma Farm sell seeds, clones, cultures, soils and nutrients.

“These events are pretty popular,” Koeller said.

Lefsyk had reached out to NECANN when Green Karma Farm opened shortly before Thanksgiving to see if it was interested in having an event in Orange. Marc Shepard, NECANN’s owner and president, said the farm was an appealing location for a convention because of the work Jillson and Lefsyk do.

“They’re in the industry and support the normalization of hemp and cannabis,” he said. “We definitely want to work with people who are benefiting the industry.”

Shepard said he wants to kill the myth that those involved with cannabis are “just people lounging on their couch playing video games.”

He said NECANN was formed in 2014, when it became obvious that public opinion in the state was shifting in regards to cannabis. Massachusetts voters opted on Nov. 8, 2016, to legalize recreational adult use of marijuana, and related growing and selling of pot and related products.

Tickets to the June 26 event are available on Green Karma Farm’s Facebook and Instagram pages. For more information, visit necann.com/BeanCon.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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