Organic farm co-owner gets probation, fine for growing marijuana

Leader in Ohio's farm-to-table movement caught growing hundreds of marijuana plants on his 5-acre property.
MCT Regional News
Apr 19, 2014

The co-founder of one of central Ohio’s largest organic farms and a leader in the farm-to-table movement here lowered his head in court yesterday and told a judge that he had damaged his reputation and hurt the causes he loves by growing hundreds of marijuana plants in Union County.

“I gave up a lot of the good I’ve done,” said Adam Welly, co-founder of Wayward Seed Farm.

Welly, 33, will spend five years on probation for growing the pot, Union County Common Pleas Judge Don Fraser ruled. Welly could also serve jail time if he does not fulfill the terms of his probation.

But Welly will get to keep his land. Prosecutors had threatened to seize the 5-acre property at 14950 Fladt Rd., where investigators found the plants, but agreed to let Welly keep the land as long as he pays a $10,000 fine.

Welly said he did not want to talk to a reporter after the hearing.

He co-founded Wayward Seed Farm in 2006 and helped cultivate it from a 1-acre project in Sandusky County to one of the region’s largest farm-to-table companies. Wayward Seed supplies food to restaurants throughout central Ohio. It also has a community-supported agriculture program that allows people to buy shares in the farm in exchange for weekly distributions of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Authorities raided the Union County farm last summer after investigators got a tip that Welly was growing marijuana there.

Deputies found 565 marijuana plants, some processed pot and two shotguns.

Welly’s partner at Wayward Seed, Jaime Moore, told investigators that she had no idea Welly had been growing marijuana. Welly and Moore co-own the property. Investigators and prosecutors have cleared her of any wrongdoing.

Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said at the time that if the plants had grown to maturity, they would have produced marijuana that would have sold for about $560,000 on the street.

Michael Probst, Welly’s attorney, said Welly grew the plants hoping to make some money.

“He was down on hard times, struggling,” Probst said. “He just simply decided he would try to have financial gain from illegal activity.”

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By Laura Arenschield - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

truckin

Sounds like another progressive-liberal who use's the "save the earth" "save the human" "eat organic" to be a front for "higher" gains.
Of course he probably was part of the "for the cause" crowd who felt he was just being "organic". and yes, some extra cash....
so many, who convince others they are sooooooo good..
and people say i am the always wrong, when i repeat a phrase..
trust..but VERIFY!
so many are 2 faced. example at point

youvegotobekiddingme

He's more than likely a republitard. Look where he's from...right near the river. Not many dems (if any) live in that part of the state.

mikeylikesit

big deal. piggies better extort as many people for marijuana charges as they can before it's legal. dirty thieving pigs..

tadpole

Haha! Dude, you sure do hate cops. Harboring a few felonies under your belt? Just curious.

mikeylikesit

no.. if you want to know whats under my belt, ask your mother.

luvblues2

That's exactly what they are doing and almost everyone knows it..

TrollingMotors

Welly will get to keep his land. Prosecutors had threatened to seize the 5-acre property at 14950 Fladt Rd., where investigators found the plants, but agreed to let Welly keep the land as long as he pays a $10,000 fine.

Thats how you keep America safe...

mikeylikesit

extortion..

thinkagain

If you can't pay the fine...don't do the crime. Simple really.

TrollingMotors

Thats why the HSBC paid 1.9 billion in fines for laundering money to drug cartels.

Not a single person went to jail