Bloom Farms™, a San Francisco based medical cannabis company, has partnered with Magnolia Wellness, an Oakland dispensary, and raised $25,000 this past holiday season for Calaveras County Butte fire relief efforts. On Friday, March 4, 2016, Bloom Farms Director Michael Ray made the donation at The Resource Connection in San Andreas to the following organizations focused on post-event recovery and supporting affiliated local nonprofits:
- Mountain Ranch Fire Relief Fund ($10,000 to support individual and emergency family needs)
- CalaverasGROWN ($5,000 to support soil erosion prevention efforts)
- Mountain Ranch Resource Center ($5,000 to support local community feeding program)
- The Resource Connection ($5,000 to support countywide food insecurity efforts)
The Valley and Butte fires of 2015 were two of the most destructive blazes in California history and were declared federal disasters by President Obama. Californians are already forgetting the devastation created by the fires, but with the cold, wet winter months upon us, many people in rural Calaveras County still need help. Bloom Farms and Magnolia Wellness worked together to raise $25,000 this past holiday season for fire relief. Bloom Farms provided its HIGHLIGHTER™ cannabis vapor pens to Magnolia Wellness free of charge.
Michael Ray is the Director of Bloom Farms with over a decade of experience in the cannabis industry. "All of us at Bloom Farms are committed to corporate social responsibility and giving something amazing back. I grew up in Calaveras County and we lost our family home like so many others. Helping our neighbors feels like the right thing to do," stated Ray. "Over time, my family will rebuild the farm and I hope this support will, in some small way, help our neighbors do so too."
"Magnolia Wellness supports Bloom Farms efforts to help the Calaveras County community recover from the devastating fire, which affected so many kind people," said Debby Goldsberry, Executive Director for Magnolia Wellness. "Our cannabis community is strongly united around supporting the efforts of all Californians, as we create sustainability and stand together to rebuild."
"The Mountain Ranch Fire Relief Fund wishes to thank Bloom Farms and Magnolia Wellness for their generous contribution to our efforts to support victims of the Butte Fire and aid in the renewal of our devastated community," said Mountain Ranch Fire Relief Fund's Jim Pesout. "This donation will go a long way toward helping us distribute food, gasoline, propane, firewood, power poles, water tanks, and the huge array of material needs for people trying to survive and get their lives back together. The donation will not only assist our efforts but in the long run save lives destroyed by this fire."
About Bloom Farms
Bloom Farms™ is a San Francisco based medical cannabis company that provides thousands of medical cannabis patients a safe and enjoyable way to relax, find relief, inspire creativity, and enjoy life a little more. For this higher purpose, Bloom Farms launched the HIGHLIGHTER™ cannabis vapor pen. Made from all-natural supercritical CO2 extracted concentrate their cannabis is sourced from responsible family farmers who care about the land, the environment, and most importantly, the patients. Bloom Farms™ has a commitment to corporate social responsibility and in addition to aiding in Calaveras County fire relief efforts; partners with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank to feed the hungry, allows employees paid time off to volunteer, and sponsors events throughout California to help professionalize the industry.
L to R: Community volunteers Justin and son, Calaveras Food Bank Director Jeannie Hayward, The Resource Connection Board President Bonnie Bollinger, Mountain Ranch Resource Center and Youth Alliance Board Member Patty Hessian, CalaverasGROWN Board Members Billie and Mike Hammer, Bloom Farms Community Partnership Coordinator Keith Hart, volunteer Adrian, Mountain Ranch Resource Center and Youth Alliance Board President Leanne Bryan, volunteer Nikki, Bloom Farms Director Michael Ray, volunteer Adam, Mountain Ranch Fire Relief Fund Manager Jim Pesout. Photo credit: Evan Thompson.
Source: Bloom Farms