We caught up with Jenniana Chiavetta of Legacy Nursery.
How did you get involved in cannabis?
I became a patient in 2006 after playing division 1 collegiate water polo... my joints were shot, I was in a lot of physical pain which doesn't take long to translate into mental pain. Pharmaceuticals weren't doing anything but giving me terrible side effects. I, of course, had smoked for the social aspect before but what really started this mission was that I started to incorporate hemp-based essential fatty acids (EFAs) into my diet and noticed a shift. That was great and all, but the psychoactive properties of cannabis were what really changed my whole perspective which made me a happy, productive human. I started to do some activism in Oakland where I met lots of growers and lawyers and activists. I decided then that I was meant to be a grower.
What is your mission with Legacy Nursery?
Our mission is to be a consistent clonal provider for growers. Clonal production is our focus. We are here to collaborate and work with other breeders and growers.
Where do you see yourself in the industry in 5 years?
In five years the nursery will be fully realized. Once we get production rolling it will allow us to be more creative and focused on research and development. Partnering with a university is something I visualize or have set as a goal. Hopefully, in five years we will have seen federal legalization. That will open more doors for international collaborations. I want to be traveling the world going to farms, documenting plants. My focus will stay the same: working with growers and breeders.
What's the biggest challenge of working in the cannabis space and the biggest reward?
On the bigger picture level: the biggest challenge is working with people with a very ingrained sense of refer madness. I love breaking down stereotypes and educating people. The biggest challenges often bring the best rewards. On a more personal project level: the challenge of getting permitted in the legal era has been long and painful. Now that we are building out, it has been quite awesome to see all our plans become a tangible reality.
Do you have any advice for any fellow cannapreneurs?
Have confidence in yourself and your vision. If you don't believe in yourself no one else will. It's also more fun to go through the process feeling empowered instead of scared. It's easy to beat yourself up, but it is just as easy to tell yourself how awesome you are, haha. I start the day giving myself a pep talk, affirm that good things are happening, and remind myself the power of the universe is behind me. That helps me get into a winning mindset for the day.