Hello all! I am hoping to get a little insight regarding hiring a trim crew for a boutique, craft cannabis facility. We are located in Massachusetts, which requires you to register each one of your employees (cost is around $1k/employee). The state has not yet allowed for trimmer businesses, where you could simply outsource the job to a different company. This is an issue for us considering we would be hiring seasonally, after every harvest.
Our next issue is TIME. If our product isn’t being trimmed, it is still hang drying. So if we have a trim crew of roughly 7 people to trim 200 lbs at a rate of a lb/day, that would take an entire month. So, our product would have been hang drying much longer than we’d prefer (10 days).
Our first year, we plan on harvesting once - roughly 200 lbs.
The following years, we plan on harvesting 4x - roughly 1,600 lbs annually.
Does anyone have any recommendations on hiring a trim crew to get the the process done as efficiently as possible? Number of trimmers? Additionally, in regards to retention, how could we structure this opportunity so we do not have to register a new trim crew harvest-after-harvest?
Side-note: If anyone has any additional insight on ensuring that our trim crew would not be stealing product, that would be appreciated as well.
I look forward to hearing feedback from this amazing cannabis community!
Holistic Healing Cultivation Center