CLEARVIEW TWP. – Peter and Naomi Miller are blazing a new trail in agriculture. The entrepreneurs founded and operate Agripharm, a facility to grow medical marijuana. It was purchased by Mettrum Health Corp. in June 2014 and received a licence from Health Canada in December.
Now the couple wants to build an electricity-generating bio-gas plant using farm animal manure as a separate business on the 100-acre property. The Miller family has been in the agricultural business in the Cashtown Corners area since the 1850s.
Peter’s uncle, John Miller, owns Miller’s Dairy. But the couple grew up in downtown Toronto. Peter pursued post-secondary education in marketing and film, and Naomi is working toward her master’s degree in business administration. New technologies are creating new opportunities in agriculture and that’s what has attracted them back to the land. They have a long-term goal of creating green energy and sustainable farming practices.
The Millers employ six people at Agripharm (with another six from Mettrum at harvest time) and will employ more people at the bio-gas facility when it opens.
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