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Petaluma Bounty is working to create a sustainable Petaluma food system with healthy fresh food for everyone!

Formed in summer 2006 with initial seed funding from the Hub of Petaluma Foundation, Petaluma Bounty is a community-based nonprofit that is helping folks to grow their own healthy food, redistributing surplus food, and providing affordable fresh food to low-income families and seniors.

Our core programs include:  a network of Community Gardens Garden Starts throughout Petaluma to increase food self-sufficiency and strengthen community; Bounty Hunters –a community food gleaning program that collects  fresh, surplus food from backyard gardens, farms and businesses and distributes it to food pantries and senior centers;  the Bounty Farm– an educational urban farm growing sustainably farmed food for the community and teaching sustainable agriculture to students, interns and the general public; the Bounty Box CSA–weekly boxes of sustainably grown fruits and vegetables; and, Backyard Bounty– that will build your new Victory Garden or expand your existing garden, with pre-built garden boxes and containers, or a custom designed “permaculture” inspired food forest.

In Summer, 2009, Petaluma Bounty began operating as an independent nonprofit corporation, with a huge debt of gratitude to Elim Lutheran Church, which has provided so much administrative and moral support, and has served as our fiscal sponsor since we began.

There are many ways to get involved with Petaluma Bounty—as a volunteer, food donor, financial donor, corporate sponsor, customer, or service partner. Community garden and farm volunteer days, Food Posses (food gleaning groups), educational workshops (on such topics as healthy cooking, organic gardening, nutrition, and more), and community organizing are just a few of the volunteer opportunities available for individuals, families and business teams.  You’ll learn more about these opportunities throughout this website.

Thank you for your interest in building a healthier local food system!

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  1. Jeanne

    Hi, I am interested in finding a worthwhile volunteering opportunity. I am concerned about food waste when people are going hungry, such as restaurants that throw away perfectly good “extra” food and grocery stores that cull less-than-perfect produce. I have some gardening experience and enjoy meeting and getting to know people from all avenues of life. I don’t have a lot of time but what I have to spare I would like to make count. I would love to learn more about vegetable gardening and also how to bring those skills to others. I hope to hear from you and find out if I may be of service.

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    1. Suzi Grady

      Hi Jeanne,

      Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm. How about you send an email to our Farm Manager (farm@petaluma bounty.org) and come out during on of our volunteer hours? If you’re looking for something else, we could talk about other volunteer opportunities as well.

      Wishing you well!

      Suzi

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  2. Pat Wilson

    I was living in Petaluma at the time it was started,but have since moved to S.R..Is there a program similar to your gleaning group in Santa Rosa?
    Thank you for all you do.
    Pat Wilson

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    1. Suzi Grady

      Hi Pat,

      Presently, there is not a gleaning group in Santa Rosa, but I think SONOMA Food Runners is trying to get something going. Also, if you’re looking to donate food, I just saw an ad on CropMobster from a service provider looking for fresh produce. Let us know if you need more information!

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