Trimming cannabis is one of the most necessary steps in the growing process, but also one of the most tedious. Trim work takes hours, and can be uncomfortable and seriously harmful to your hands. Yet, we still really, really want to get the leafy green goodness off of the stems and into our jars. So how can we make trimming easier, more pleasant and more productive? We sat down with Eric Singleton, managing partner and director of operations for The Trimmer Store, to hear about why he is perfecting and changing techniques for trimmers everywhere, and what makes his trim store unique.
What kind of trimming techniques have you popularized, and why are they important to the industry?
We have popularized custom training and systems for automating the harvest process. We take bud trimming machines and maximize your team’s potential per hour. These new systems are crucial to the industry because they reduce the overall cost of production while increasing productivity. This allows the big companies to really turn out at the high volume they need. At the same time, this allows the small boutique businesses to compete because they have less overhead and higher production capabilities.
How did you become a trimming expert?
From studying the industry and applying skills I’ve acquired in other fields. I’ve always been a logistics and efficiency person. But, most importantly, I’ve listened to my clients and kept an open mind to the potential of the cannabis industry, rather than staying stuck in the past and resorting to how things have always been done.
What do you think are some of the major issues facing trimmers in legal states?
It’s difficult for these businesses to exist at the birth of an industry. There is a lot of money to be made and, at the same time, there is a lot of money to be lost. The number of companies offering subpar products and services, from consulting to soil, is outrageous. Those companies are cunning and taking advantage of a new industry that lacks commercial experience and the years of research other markets have acquired.
What are your future plans for revolutionizing the trimming industry? What do you plan to accomplish?
My goal is to be the Henry Ford or Ray Kroc of the cannabis industry. I want to help create a sustainable, repeatable agricultural experience for the businesses of the future and those businesses that survive these formative years.
What services does your store offer trimmers that are needed?
We have all the basics from gloves, scissors, machines, ovens, rosin presses and de-budders, to conveyor systems and more. But, our most important product is our advising and coaching. If a customer is willing to take the time to make a change to their system, we can revolutionize their workforce with our custom solutions.
How did you first discover cannabis, and how has it impacted your life?
I first discovered cannabis when I was a young rock climber. It helped me see past my own mental limitations and was a crucial part of my endeavors in the mountains as I became a more serious athlete. Cannabis helps me get in the zone for runs and climbs, then it helps me recover in the days following. It’s also been an integral part of my sports training as a mountain athlete; it makes the more boring, but necessary, workouts more tolerable.
What is your favorite strain?
For a good relaxing strain, I love Northern Lights. My go-to uplifting strain is Green Crack. I’ve done many six-mile runs that turned into 13-mile runs because of Green Crack.
What’s some advice you can give to your cannabis industry colleagues?
You’re a pioneer, so things will be tough at times; but, you might have the golden ticket, so don’t be afraid to innovate. You need to have a plan that will work for years to come and you need to have that plan in place long before you break ground. Be reliable, be accountable and use logic over emotion to make decisions for your employees and company.
How do you feel about legalization so far? What could be done better or differently?
The laws change so frequently that it’s hard for a business owner to build a long term plan for their given enterprise. From what I’ve seen, medical needs to be treated more stringently and recreational could stand to chill out a little bit. In certain areas, the difference between the two is trivial. On the other hand, we have a lot of professional people moving into the industry and driving out the antiquated stoner stereotypes, which gives me hope for the future. Don’t get me wrong, it’s OK to be a stoner, but it’s not OK to bring that mentality to the business world. Farmers and CEOs get up early and work hard.
The Trimmer Store
955 E 58th Ave., Unit B, Denver, Colorado