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April 2017

ASHBURTON ZEOLITE SHIPMENT ARRIVES: BC BUD DEPOT TO COMMENCE TESTING ZEOLITE IN MARIJUANA GROWING

ASHBURTON ZEOLITE SHIPMENT ARRIVES: BC BUD DEPOT TO COMMENCE TESTING ZEOLITE IN MARIJUANA GROWING 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

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April 27th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce that zeolite shipments have arrived at the BC Bud Depot (BCBD) Strain Development and Test Facility. Phase One of zeolite testing will commence Thursday, April 27th, 2017. BCBD’s Test Facility features 14,920 square feet of greenhouse space capable of housing 1,900 cannabis plants up to 2.5 metres height each.

Approximately 900 cloned cuttings of the cannabis strain CBD God will be transplanted into growth media divided between control groups and those enriched with zeolite and compatible nutrients. The facility’s on-site plantation manager, biologist Albert Kasprowicz, M.Sc., will oversee testing.

“We are excited to measure and document the variances between control groups and those augmented by zeolite blends,” stated Kasprowicz.

He continued, “The advantages of zeolite to cannabis cultivation have only been observed informally although zeolite has well-known benefits in agriculture. It is high time that we use scientific quantitative analysis to chart the benefits of zeolite to cannabis as an organic method of optimizing the ease and efficiency of cultivation, increasing plant health and vigour, and raising end yields in terms of total weight and marijuana quality.”

Testing to commence this week will take ongoing measurements from three categories plus a control group. The three test categories (Zeolite-Enriched, Carbon-Enriched and Zeolite + Carbon-Enriched) each subdivide into three groups according to increments of enrichment to the base potting mixture. The T-Carbon is from Ashburton’s collaboration partners ZMM Canada Minerals Corp and is complimentary to zeolite in the root zone.

For the Zeolite-Enriched and Carbon-Enriched groups, researchers will distribute plant sets containing 5%, 10% and 15% enrichment throughout the greenhouse. The Zeolite + Carbon group containing a 1:1 blend of carbon and zeolite will be enriched at 10%, 15% and 20% and similarly distributed. The Control Group will contain only the base potting mixture which consists of 90% coconut husk (coco coir) and 10% worm castings.

Zeolite is from the Z-1 Zeolite Mine, a recent collaboration between Ashburton Ventures and ZMM Canada Minerals Corp, located about 3 km northeast of Cache Creek, BC. Key among zeolite’s known advantages to plant growth include a high capacity to increase the bio-availability of essential plant nutrients, as well as filtering adverse components from the soil.

According to geoscientist LuVerne Hogg, Ashburton’s Z-1 zeolite has a pressure-release curve of water and nutrients that matches the liquid-uptake rate of cannabis roots.

“By releasing nutrients and water at the specific rate required by plants, efficiencies and yields increase, so cultivation is a more cost-effective enterprise” Hogg stated.

Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on Canadian mineral projects in Quebec and British Columbia, Canada.  If you would like to be added to the news release distribution list please get in touch with us at [email protected].

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Signed “Michael England”
Michael England, CEO

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Telephone: 1-604-683-3995; Toll Free: 1-888-945-4770; www.ashburtonventures.com

Forward-Looking Statements:
Some of the statements in this news release contain forward-looking information that involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Ashburton Ventures Inc. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

ASHBURTON ANNOUNCES DRILLING RESULTS AND FILES NI43-101 TECHNICAL REPORT ON ITS BUCKINGHAM GRAPHITE PROPERTY, QUEBEC

ASHBURTON ANNOUNCES DRILLING RESULTS AND FILES NI43-101 TECHNICAL REPORT ON ITS BUCKINGHAM GRAPHITE PROPERTY, QUEBEC 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

April 18th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (TSX-V: ABR) (ARB-FRANKFURT) (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce final assays from the drilling programs carried out in the summer and fall of 2016. Four holes (BH16-11 to BH16-14) totalling 811 m further tested the two linear NNE and ENE conductive zones. A total of 211 samples were analyzed for Cg and included the QA/QC samples as well as a remaining portion of BH16-10. Best intersections included 10 m @ 3.98 wt. % Cg in hole BH16-10 and 11 m @ 3.54 wt. % Cg in hole BH16-14. The DDH coordinates and assay results are presented in Table 1 and can be viewed through the map provided below.

Table 1.  Best graphite assays results for DDH BH16-10 to BH16-14.

Hole ID

Easting

Northing*

Azimuth (°)

Plunge (°)

Depth (m)

From (m)

To (m)

Length**

(m)

Cg (wt %)

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

BH16-10

460554

5054650

315

45

199.0

48

87

39

2.66

including

 

 

   

 

80

87

7

4.62

 

 

 

   

 

104

114

10

3.98

BH16-11

460821

5054934

318

45

223.4

209

214

5

1.58

BH16-12

460284

5054968

138

45

181.9

4.50

11.00

6.50

3.55

BH16-13

460434

5055097

105

45

217.9

196

204

8

1.67

BH16-14

460850

5055196

15

45

188.2

111

122

11

3.54

* UTM coord: NAD83, Zone 18N

           

** Apparent thickness

Split core samples were transported to the SGS Laboratory in Lakefield, Ontario for Cg assaying. Samples were weighed, dried, crushed to 75% passing 2 mm, split to 250 g and pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns. C (graphitic) was analysed after roasting, HCl leaching combustion and IR (LECO). Duplicates, standards and blanks were inserted at regular intervals for QA/QC purposes.

The Company is now filing an NI43-101 compliant report on SEDAR, as well as on the company’s website at: http://www.ashburtonventures.com/abr-tech-report.pdf.

Highlights of the Buckingham Graphite Project’s NI43-101 Report are summarized below:

  • To date nineteen (19) holes were drilled in late 2015-2016, totalling 4,782 meters and 1,695 core samples. The majority of the drill holes had spacings of 100 meters distributed along about half length of the 1.5 km linear NNE conductor with nearly all returning mineralization hosted in marble;
  • These mineralized intercepts were mainly found in marble and ranged from 1.4% Cg over 5 m (BH16-05) to 4.07% Cg over 112 m (BH15-03). Long intercepts contained some higher grade intersections including 11.20% Cg over 7 m (BH15-03) and 17.90 % Cg over 7 m (BH16-03);
  • Within the 43-101 is a preliminary sketch for a possible geometry of the mineralization consisted of two mineralized marble planes MBR-1 and MBR-2 and a smaller garnet gneiss mineralized plane;
  • Next steps should extend the exploration on the NNE conductor over the next hundreds of meters to the NE, followed by metallurgical testing. As detailed in the technical report, a definition drilling program is recommended to provide a first estimate of the mineral resources.

“We are extremely pleased with the conclusions set out in the NI43-101 report and the conceptual model for the mineralization which will guide our exploration team for the next steps of the project. Further exploration works on the 1.5 km long conductor should initiate a definition drilling program for resource calculation purposes.” stated Mike England, CEO of Ashburton Ventures.

About the Buckingham Graphite Project

The Buckingham graphite property is located in the Buckingham Township of southwestern Quebec and consists of 18 claims covering 1,082 hectares. The property is readily accessible by roads from the village of Buckingham, with Highway 50 connecting Montreal to Ottawa approximately 10 km to the south. The property itself is crisscrossed by several logging roads facilitating the access to most of the mineralized areas.

Several strong and continuous conductive anomalies were identified on the property, with two linear graphitic zones that have started to be drill tested in late 2015: a 1.5 km long NNE conductor with several mineralized intercepts, including of 4.07 wt. Cg% over 112 m (see PR dated February 11, 2016), and a 300 m long ENE conductor with 5.18% wt. Cg% over 72 m (see PR dated October 18, 2016).  

The technical content of this news release was approved by Isabelle Robillard, MSc, P.Geo., a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a Canadian-based junior company with a focus on industrial minerals in Canada. If you would like to be added the news release distribution please get in touch with us at [email protected].

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Signed “Michael England”                                             
Michael England, President
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: 
Telephone: 1-604-683-3995

Forward-Looking Statements:

Some of the statements in this news release contain forward-looking information that involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Ashburton Ventures Inc. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

ASHBURTON ANNOUNCES AMENDING AGREEMENT ON THOMPSON BROS. LITHIUM PROPERTY; TERMINATES WHABOUCHI AGREEMENT

ASHBURTON ANNOUNCES AMENDING AGREEMENT ON THOMPSON BROS. LITHIUM PROPERTY; TERMINATES WHABOUCHI AGREEMENT 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

April 11th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) announces that it has entered into an amending agreement with respect to the previously-announced option financing agreement with Manitoba Minerals Pty Ltd. ("MMPL") whereby the Company will retain a 20% interest in the Thompson Bros. lithium property located in Wekusko Lake, Manitoba.

In May 2016, the Company had acquired an option over the Thompson Bros. lithium property and had simultaneously signed an option financing agreement with MMPL, pursuant to which MMPL would finance all payments and obligations relating to the option (see the Company's previous news release dated May 2, 2016).  In consideration, the Company had previously granted MMPL with options to acquire up to a 95% interest in the property.

Pursuant to the new amending agreement, MMPL will still finance all cash payments and expenditures with respect to the Thomson Bros. option, but the Company will be responsible for share payments owing to the underlying owner.  Under the underlying option agreement, the Company will issue 2.25 million common shares to the underlying owner, in annual installments of 500,000 shares, ending in April 2021.  As a result, the options granted to MMPL have been reduced, such that the Company will retain a 20% interest in the property.  The amending agreement is subject to the Company receiving prior approval from the TSX Venture Exchange.

The Thomson Bros. lithium property is located 20km east of the mining community of Snow Lake, Manitoba, and consists of 18 contiguous claims covering 1829 hectares.  Further information about the property can be found in the Company's May 2, 2016 news release.

The Company further announces it has terminated its agreements to acquire the Whabouchi South, Whabouchi West and the Whabouchi Southern Extension properties.

Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on Canadian mineral projects in Manitoba, Quebec and British Columbia, Canada. 

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Signed “Michael England”
Michael England, CEO

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Telephone: 1-604-683-3995; Toll Free: 1-888-945-4770; www.ashburtonventures.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

ASHBURTON SHIPS ZEOLITE SAMPLES TO BC BUD DEPOT FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ZEOLITE IN MARIJUANA GROWING

ASHBURTON SHIPS ZEOLITE SAMPLES TO BC BUD DEPOT FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ZEOLITE IN MARIJUANA GROWING 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

April 11th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce that zeolite has been shipped to BC Bud Depot (BCBD) Strain Development and Test Facility 1 Gulf Islands. Zeolite field trials are to commence according to ongoing crop rotations in the 1,900-plant greenhouse facility, which features advanced light deprivation and supplementation systems to allow year-round cannabis cultivation.

Phase One is intended to determine if the filtration and aeration capacity of zeolite has potential to reduce soil-borne pests and illnesses by reducing non-beneficial bacteria, fungal spores and other microbes, insects and chemicals present in the growth medium. Testing will also monitor chemical composition and microbe biology of root zone growth media and liquid runoff. Comparative data will enumerate differences between zeolite-fortified groups and control groups consisting of standard coco coir and peat-based potting mixtures. Testing is designed to measure the impacts of zeolite’s filtration and retention capacity on the overall fertility and properties of cannabis growth media.

Microbial analysis adhering to verifiable scientific practices and internationally recognized methods at MB Labs Ltd facilities in Saanich BC will measure growth media and liquid runoff for the presence of algae and protozoa, fungi, yeasts and bacteria. Dynamic Ecoystems Crop Protection of Salt Spring Island will conduct entomological inventories to detect estimated population variances of soil-born insect pests between control and zeolite test groups.

MB Labs will also test growth media and liquid runoff samples for a range of fertility factors including Nitrogen PH, (TKN), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Organic Matter, Major and Minor Elements including Boron, Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Zinc, Conductivity (Salinity) and Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio. Of interest is whether zeolite confers upon growth media an increased capacity to retain beneficial nutrients and to act as a buffer against leaching and soil acidification.

The cannabis-certified MB Labs laboratory will also analyze finished marijuana samples for total potency, terpenes, flavonoids and contaminants following the field study.

“The scale of operations and growth methods deployed at our chosen test facilities will allow us to gather statistically relevant data pertaining to the root-zone fertility and ecology of cannabis grown with Z-1 zeolite quarried in Cache Creek BC,” stated Ashburton Ventures Inc. President David Gdanski. He continued, “BCBD growers are pleased to test a material with the potential to make cannabis cultivation a more successful enterprise.”

Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on Canadian mineral projects in Quebec and British Columbia, Canada.  If you would like to be added the news release distribution please get in touch with us at [email protected].

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Signed “Michael England”
Michael England, CEO
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Telephone: 1-604-683-3995; Toll Free: 1-888-945-4770; www.ashburtonventures.com

Forward-Looking Statements:

Some of the statements in this news release contain forward-looking information that involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Ashburton Ventures Inc. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release

ASHBURTON TO COLLABORATE WITH BC BUD DEPOT FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ZEOLITE IN MARIJUANA GROWING

ASHBURTON TO COLLABORATE WITH BC BUD DEPOT FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ZEOLITE IN MARIJUANA GROWING 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

April 3rd, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Harvey, Founder and CEO of BC Bud Depot (“BCBD”) to the Advisory Board for Research and Development of Ashburton’s Zeolite, under development with ZMM Canada Minerals Corp., as an additive and growth medium for medical and recreational marijuana.

Mr. Harvey has been a strain breeder in the cannabis industry since the 1990's with worldwide exposure since 2004. During Mr. Harvey’s tenure at BCBD, a cannabis seed producer and creator of award-winning THC and CBD strains, BCBD has received over 23 Cannabis Cup awards, including nine international First Place awards. BCBD was in 2009 inducted to the Seed Bank Hall of Fame. Mr. Harvey has steered BCBD towards a developmental approach to cannabinoid-focused genetics utilizing laboratory analysis and scientific protocols to augment breeding programs with a focus on proprietary CBD strains.

A three-phase program will test the benefits of growing cannabis in zeolite-enriched soils. Phase one will determine how well the properties of Zeolite reduce and control the bacterial, fungal and insect conditions affecting cannabis. Zeolite’s microporous surface works by disassembling threats at a molecular level.

The second phase will test the capacity of zeolite’s water-retention for recreational growers seeking to maximize success. Zeolite retains and releases, upon plant demand, up to 55% of its weight in water. The third phase of the program will determine zeolite’s capacity to increase end yields of marijuana.

“Growing cannabis is about to become widespread in Canada, so this work with Ashburton Ventures is more important than ever,” said Mr. Harvey. “Growing quality marijuana requires not only top genetics, but the right growth medium for each plant to thrive. We already know that Zeolite in the soil is influential for plant success and makes cultivation much easier. Now we need to measure that. Canadians have extremely high standards when it comes to cannabis, and it’s our role to give them every opportunity to succeed.”

 “Whether you’re a licensed LP or an everyday Canadian growing four plants at home – and that’s coming next year – the goal is to maximize the quality and quantity of yields while simplifying the process.” Continued Mr. Harvey. “This research will be our due diligence to confirm what is already central to the philosophy of some of the most successful organic cannabis cultivators. They wouldn’t dream of potting a plant without the correct amount of Zeolite in the soil. It’s our mission to take zeolite from trade secret to common knowledge, and to make it accessible, so that Canadians at all levels can succeed in their cannabis endeavors.”

“Verification trials of the unique Z-1 zeolite in the BCBD production facilities will confirm the value of zeolite to the cannabis industry in quantitative terms.” stated Ashburton Ventures Inc. President David Gdanski. [

Ashburton Ventures Inc. is a Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on Canadian mineral projects in Quebec and British Columbia, Canada.  If you would like to be added the news release distribution please get in touch with us at [email protected].

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Signed “Michael England”
Michael England, CEO

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Telephone: 1-604-683-3995; Toll Free: 1-888-945-4770; www.ashburtonventures.com

Forward-Looking Statements:

Some of the statements in this news release contain forward-looking information that involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Ashburton Ventures Inc. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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