By Beth David, Editor
Bask Cannabis Dispensary gave away free blue spruce seedlings to hundreds of local residents on Saturday, 5/1, in honor of Arbor Day.
The company had 1,000 seedlings on hand, and by noon had already given away about 500. In the end, they only had about 25 left.
Bask CEO Chapman “Chappy’ Dickerson said the day went well. The weather started out rainy, but cleared up pretty early in the morning.
He said a blue spruce will grow up to 40 feet high, although it takes years for it to get that tall.
Mr. Chapman said he has planted a few in his yard and that they are a hardy tree. He even said he even ran one over with the lawn mower, and it survived.
“It’s a good sign that they’re strong,” he said.
Brian Rapoza grabbed a couple of seedlings and said he got two last year, too.
“I like evergreens because they stay green all year,” he said.
He said he has three or four in his yard that he picked up from Bask over the years. One did not make it, but, he said, the others did.
Several people drove up just for the trees, although many others grabbed a couple on their way out of the dispensary.
This is the fourth year that Bask has held the event, and it was the biggest one yet, offering 1,000 trees to anyone in the community. No purchase necessary.
“As a company, we are committed to sustainable practices and reducing our carbon footprint is important,” said Mr. Dickerson in a press release. “Getting 1,000 trees in the ground is a great benefit to the environment and a fun way to get the community engaged in the process.”
Bask’s purchased the seedlings from the Massachusetts Tree Wardens Association, contributing to the association’s annual scholarship fund.
Bask has been serving registered medical patients at the Fairhaven dispensary since 2018. A cannabis dispensary, cultivator, and manufacturer, Bask was named Best Dispensary in 2019 by south coast residents and recently expanded its cannabis retail operations in Fairhaven with the addition of recreational sales to adults 21 and older. In February of 2020, the company moved its cultivation and processing operation to a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in Freetown, MA in partnership with AmeriCann, Inc.
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