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July 2017

ASHBURTON VENTURES SECURES PURCHASE ORDER FROM BC BUD DEPOT’S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITY

ASHBURTON VENTURES SECURES PURCHASE ORDER FROM BC BUD DEPOT’S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FACILITY 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

July 19th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce that BC Bud Depot’s Research and Development facility on Salt Spring Island has placed an initial twenty-ton zeolite order based on the encouraging results of an ongoing study into the effects of Ashburton’s Z-1 Zeolite and ZMM T-Carbon on cannabis growth and productivity.

The study has entered its third and final phase with the current harvest of all 72 plants providing scientific data. Phase Two samples, of plant tissue and soil, are currently at MB Labs in Sidney, BC, a Health Canada certified cannabis analytics laboratory.

Phase One data revealed notable trends corresponding to the Z-1 zeolite and zeolite-carbon enrichment of the growth medium. Reduced pathogens in liquid runoff from amended soils suggests a cleaner root zone with fewer factors to inhibit cannabis productivity. Highlights include:

  • Up to 85% less Staphylococcus bacteria;
  • Up to 90% less of total Coliforms;
  • Up to 48% less of Lactose Fermenters;
  • Up to 62% less Yeast and Fungi.

The Company’s Z-1 Zeolite also prevented wasteful leaching of five critical nutrients to cannabis production – nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium – allowing higher levels to remain available for plant uptake. Plants in straight coconut fibre lost up to 438% more nutrient during irrigation.

According to facility operator Edward Bielert, “We’re seeing healthier plants that are noticeably heavier as we hang them up to dry. It’s safe to say that zeolite makes some difference to yields, but we harvest in stages, top buds first, so we don’t have final weight numbers yet.”

Bielert added, “What we do already know, and what impacts us immensely, is the labour we’ll save by planting our whole farm with zeolite. We were surprised by how much water zeolite soaks up – plants potted with zeolite required irrigation only half as often. That’s hundreds of man-hours saved in a crop cycle. Z-1 Zeolite will revolutionize operations here.”

Initially BC Bud Depot’s Research and Development facility have placed a twenty-ton Purchase Order of Z-1 clinoptilolite Zeolite. Processing this premium-grade zeolite will begin at the Z-1 Quarry imminently, as the Cache Creek evacuation order has been lifted.

“We’re pleased to take our initial order from the cannabis industry. Mr. Bielert has strong ties to the Canadian Licensed Producer [LP] community,” stated Tim Harvey, Chief Operations Officer. “Having a cannabis farmer of his stature to showcase our product on a large scale, and having the science to establish quantitative benefits to marijuana production puts us in a strong position to convey the value that Z-1 Zeolite can add to LP cannabis operations.”

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 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.

Z1 ZEOLITE ANNOUNCES WORK TO COMMENCE WHEN CONDITIONS IMPROVE

Z1 ZEOLITE ANNOUNCES WORK TO COMMENCE WHEN CONDITIONS IMPROVE 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

July 13th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) has learned that fires moving through the Cache Creek region did not make contact with the Z1 Zeolite Mine. Crews and equipment are contracted to arrive on site when air quality improves and fires have been brought under control. Ashburton will update investors once operations commence or further information is available.

Contracted equipment includes an excavator, crusher, loader, screener and control power plant.

Crews will remove 15,000 cubic yards of overburden to improve access to zeolite reserves. They will open the current stockpile of crushed zeolite, estimated at nearly 9000 tons, to check internal humidity and spread the pile as necessary for rapid dehydration. Crushing will then reduce the 3/4 Minus zeolite to a 1/4 Minus particle size. 1/4 Minus zeolite has a maximum diameter of 1/4 inch but contains a range of particle sizes down to microscopic levels that can be isolated as fractions by screen sifting.

Preliminary screening on-site will fractionate the zeolite for storage in bulk bags containing approximately one ton per bag. Bulk bags will be stacked in a location protected from the elements, ready to be trucked direct to customers, warehouses or further refining at an off-site location.

LuVerne Hogg, CEO of ZMM Minerals Canada Corp and Operations Manager of the Z1 Quarry, stated “the point of this work project is to get us to where we can sell and deliver products at as low a cost as possible. Operations will be twelve hours a day, six days a week until all eight thousand plus tons are processed.” 

ZMM Canada Minerals Corp. and Ashburton Ventures Inc. wishes to extend a heartfelt concern for all the residents of the area including contractors and everyone affected by these events. We will continue to closely monitor conditions and provide support where possible.

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 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 SETS OPTIONS

ASHBURTON SETS OPTIONS 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

July 10th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) announces that it has granted a total of up to 400,000 stock options to directors and consultants of the company, exercisable at a price of $0.15 per share for a period of two years from the date of grant. The options have been granted in accordance with the company's stock option plan.

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

ASHBURTON PUBLISHES LABORATORY DATA AND ENTERS PHASE TWO OF CANNABIS-ZEOLITE STUDY

ASHBURTON PUBLISHES LABORATORY DATA AND ENTERS PHASE TWO OF CANNABIS-ZEOLITE STUDY 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

July 10th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce that initial laboratory results from Ashburton’s study of cannabis grown in zeolite and carbon have been published on the Ashburton Ventures website. A second round of samples is now in possession of MB Labs in Sidney, BC, for laboratory analysis to expand the data set from liquid runoff captured from cannabis plants involved in the study.

According to Albert Kasprowicz, biologist and site manager at the cannabis research facility on Salt Spring Island, BC, “Our data so far suggests that adding fifteen or twenty per cent of a zeolite-carbon blend to the potting mix has high potential benefits to cannabis, such as reducing the pathogen burden on plants and increasing availability of key nutrients. We decided to amplify the data with further samples so that our findings will carry more weight. We’re extremely interested to see if our upcoming data set replicates and confirms our initial findings.”

As the final set of liquid runoff samples are analyzed, the study team is collecting samples of substrate from the root zone, and samples of plant tissue from leaf material for submission to MB Labs this week.

Chief Operating Officer Tim Harvey oversees the study for Ashburton. He noted: “A more complete picture of how zeolite affects plant health will emerge over coming weeks as we compare Phase One results, profiling liquid runoff, with Phase Two and Three data concerning the content of the potting mix, living plant tissue and ultimately the dried marijuana flowers. We’ll gain a picture of the nutrient pathways affecting different plant groups in our study, and then see how this affects the production of quality of marijuana.”

Harvey continued, “Studies of zeolite’s effects on other agricultural crops have found increased vegetable mass and higher vitamin content. Our study is the first to pair zeolite with cannabis, so we’re going in blind as to what the results might be. However, if zeolite or a zeolite-carbon blend is shown to have a highly positive impact on marijuana growth, quality and yields, we anticipate strong demand for a propriety soil enhancer tailored to marijuana cultivation. We’ll then shift our focus from conducting science to satisfying that demand.”

With plants scheduled for harvest in one week, the cannabis-zeolite study now enters a critical phase in both the greenhouse and laboratory. Results will be posted on the Ashburton website as they become available.

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 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 RECEIVES CHEMICAL RESULTS FOR CANNABIS STUDY, CONFIRMS SUCCESS IN DECREASING NUTRIENT LEACHING

ASHBURTON RECEIVES CHEMICAL RESULTS FOR CANNABIS STUDY, CONFIRMS SUCCESS IN DECREASING NUTRIENT LEACHING 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

July 5th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce the release of a second set of laboratory data from MB Labs in Sidney, BC. The chemical analysis lists levels of sixteen major and minor plant nutrients detected in liquid runoff captured from cannabis plants involved in a study of zeolite and carbon in marijuana cultivation.

Clinoptilolite zeolite used in the study is from the Z-1 Mine near Cache Creek, BC, jointly operated by Ashburton Ventures and ZMM Canada Minerals Corp.

Sample data indicates a high retention of key macronutrients in the root zone of cannabis plants potted with zeolite and zeolite-carbon blends. Control group samples revealed higher nutrient leaching from plants potted in straight coconut fibre. Leached nutrients are drawn out of the root zone with liquid runoff when the potting medium is fully saturated during plant irrigation. Zeolite’s capacity to combat leaching allows plants greater access to nutrients and prevents waste.

“It appears that zeolite keeps important nutrients where they’re needed – available to the roots,” said biologist and project manager Albert Kasprowicz. “Consider nitrogen. Substrates without the zeolite-carbon blend leached 300% more Ammonia and 63% more Nitrate.”

Kasprowicz also noted “Zeolite has impacted phosphorus as well. Phosphorus plays an important role in the conversion of light into chemical energy and promotes the formation of flower mass in cannabis. Organic growers invest heavily in fertilizers such as bat guano and rock phosphate. Phosphorus is a precious nutrient, so we pay special attention to leaching versus retention and uptake. In our study, control substrates leached 56% more phosphorus than zeolite-carbon substrates. Zeolite and carbon are catching significantly more phosphorus before it escapes as waste.” 

The laboratory data also revealed zeolite’s high capacity to retain potassium, a third critical macronutrient known to cannabis growers as the “quality-enhancing nutrient.” Potassium supports plant respiration, activates enzymes and protein synthesis, and facilitates nutrient transport between cells.

Control samples leached 438% and 261% more potassium than straight zeolite and zeolite-carbon blends, respectively.

Ashburton COO Tim Harvey stated “Despite being lower, the 261% figure is especially interesting because that’s from plants potted with zeolite and carbon from wood ash, which is loaded with potassium. Despite the extra potassium, there was a startling capacity to hold potassium in the soil. That’s excellent news for growers because it’s hard to overdose plants on potassium, and it helps in growing strong-limbed plants to carry the heavy bud loads we’re after. Potassium also produces the textures, terpenes and cannabinoids of an elite-quality marijuana.”

“The numbers paint a compelling picture so far,” stated Kasprowicz. “They’ve exceeded my expectations of the impact of zeolite. This upcoming round of data will add weight to our initial findings, expand our understanding and set us up for the next phase of our study.”

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 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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