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September 2017

SUCCESSFUL SUMMER PROGRAM AT Z-1 ZEOLITE QUARRY COMPLETED, SALES AND DISTRIBUTION COMMENCE

SUCCESSFUL SUMMER PROGRAM AT Z-1 ZEOLITE QUARRY COMPLETED, SALES AND DISTRIBUTION COMMENCE 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

September 14th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”)  is excited to announce that summer activities at the Z-1 Quarry near Cache Creek, BC, were completed with great success. Operations generated inventory including 7,100 tonnes stockpiled, screened to various particle sizes, and 685 one-tonne bulk bags.

The company now has finished zeolite ready for use in large product-development initiatives in horticultural, agricultural and advanced-materials programs. These include supplying the University of Victoria Engineering Department’s Vacuum Insulated Panel research and supplying Northern Alberta Institute of Technology for environmental remediation research, as well as other private sector organizations. In addition, new products featuring Z-1 Zeolite are to be packaged and market-tested. Sales and shipping of Z-1 Zeolite have commenced.

“Arrangements have been made with a Vernon facility to house our packaging and distribution centre,” stated Verne Hogg, operator of the Z-1 Quarry. “We have installed a Valve Packer and have shipped, from the quarry, 48 bulk bags of Broad-Spectrum Zeolite for packaging into twenty-kilogram and ten-kilogram bags at the Vernon facility. I estimate our packaging operation will be fully operational within the next three weeks. We have initiated sales as we are now able to deliver. We have 100 tonnes of Broad-Spectrum Zeolite on reserve for one customer and have shipped 24 tonnes to another customer’s composting facility.”

Mr. Hogg added, “The Valve Packer allows us to market specific products and to satisfy orders from consumers who want the ten and twenty-kilogram bags. We can also deliver bulk truckloads from our stockpiles, or one-tonne bags for applications such as composting bio-wastes at large compost facilities.”

The summer’s production operations at the Z-1 Zeolite Quarry focused primarily on crushing, screening and bagging Z-1 Zeolite from the 9000 tonnes produced in 2016. The work also improved access to the zeolite and the overall layout of the quarry.

According to Ashburton President David Gdanski, “We’re extremely pleased to have a healthy inventory of zeolite ready for sale. We have reached a pivotal moment as a company, able to package and sell Z-1 Zeolite in particle sizes ideal for a wide range of in-demand and developing applications. We now offer a high-performance zeolite at a competitive price as we work to satisfy and grow the zeolite market.”

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

ZEOLITE-CANNABIS STUDY CONCLUDES, FINDING ENERGIZED SOILS ENHANCE CANNABIS PRODUCTION

ZEOLITE-CANNABIS STUDY CONCLUDES, FINDING ENERGIZED SOILS ENHANCE CANNABIS PRODUCTION 150 150 Progressive Planet Inc.

September 7th, 2017, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) is pleased to announce the completion of comparative analysis of all remaining data sets from Ashburton’s study of cannabis grown with zeolite from the Z-1 Zeolite Quarry near Cache Creek, BC. The study concludes that zeolite energizes soils with a negative electrical charge that activates nutrient uptake.

Results indicate that benefits of zeolite enrichment to overall marijuana harvested (7% average weight increase per plant) and total cannabinoid potency (110% average increase) is caused by superior nutrient uptake among plants grown with Z-1 Zeolite.

According to biologist Albert Kasprowicz, operations manager at the Salt Spring Island cannabis research facility, “In plants grown without zeolite, higher levels of essential elements remained in the soil, not accessed by plant roots. However, in the zeolite and zeolite-carbon groups, the numbers tell a different story: nutrient levels drop rapidly in the soil following irrigation with dissolved ionic elements. Those disappeared nutrients then reappear in elevated concentrations in leaf tissue. We can associate zeolite and zeolite-carbon blends with improved transport of nutrients from soil to plant tissue, which in turn allows plants to metabolize more of the basic building blocks of marijuana. This explains the remarkable rise in marijuana quality and yields that we observed in our study.”

Kasprowicz proposed that the mechanism of action improving nutrient transport involves zeolite’s negative electrical charge, which increases a soil’s “cation exchange capacity,” the ability of soil to pass positively-charged ionic nutrients into root tissue. Cannabis root hairs achieve nutrient transport by cation exchange, assisted by the process of “active transport,” whereby the organic chemical ATP (adenosine triphosphate) supplies energy for molecular pumps that pull ions across cell membranes. Z-1 Zeolite naturally contains exchangeable potassium ions, ensuring that plants are well-supplied with the element necessary to maximize the production of ATP and thus accelerate nutrient transport.

“The effect is that zeolite first captures nutrients from fertilizers, and then creates a push-pull relationship with the plant roots to propel those elements into plant cells,” Kasprowicz explained.

He continued, “It is tremendously important to the marijuana cultivator that cannabis be grown in soils that promote nutrient uptake. Zeolite’s negative charge supplies energy for a nutrient-transport engine built right into the soil.”

Ashburton is currently in discussions with a manufacturer of pre-mixed soils for the cannabis industry.

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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