A man who cofounded Wayward Seed Farm, one of central Ohio’s premier farm-to-table organic-food suppliers, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges that he grew marijuana on his Union County farm.
Prosecutors filed charges of illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools against Adam Welly, 32, of Marysville, in Union County Common Pleas Court this morning. They are all felonies.
Welly has not been arrested; he is due in court on Nov. 4.
In addition to the charges, prosecutors filed paperwork saying they intend to seize the 5 acres and the house at 14950 Fladt Road, the property that Union County sheriff’s deputies raided in August.
Welly and Jaime Moore cofounded Wayward Seed Farm in 2006. The business runs a successful food co-op in central Ohio, delivers fresh produce to many of Columbus’ high-end restaurants and Moore runs farmers’ markets in Bexley, Dublin and Worthington.
Moore, who ended a personal relationship with Welly in early 2012, has said she knew nothing about the marijuana operation and that, though she and Welly co-own the Union County farm, it had not been used for business purposes for years.
Welly lived there with his girlfriend at the time of the raid, authorities said.
Wayward’s primary farm is in Madison County and Moore has a business office in Worthington.
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said this morning that the investigation uncovered nothing that indicated that the Wayward business or Moore were involved in growing marijuana.
Moore had told The Dispatch in August after learning of the raid that she would immediately ask Welly to separate his Wayward Seed Farm interests. She did not immediately return calls or an email this morning and Welly could not be reached.
Welly remains listed on the company website as “farmer, chef, activist, and co-founder and co-owner.”
Deputies raided the Union County property in August after receiving a tip.
They found 564 marijuana plants outside and some processed pot inside. Detectives said it was a sophisticated operation, with the plants growing under cover outdoors with an irrigation system. If grown to maturity, officials said, the plants would have produced enough marijuana to be worth about $560,000 on the street.
By Holly Zachariah - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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