Bounty Community Farm
55 Shasta Ave. (Petaluma Blvd North across from the police station) Petaluma, CA 94952
Main Office & Mailing Address
1500 Petaluma Blvd. South Petaluma, CA 94952
Petaluma Bounty Staff Contacts
Suzi Grady, Program Director
Email: [email protected]
Direct: 707-765-8488, Ext. 148
Kaleigh Spollen, Education and Engagement Coordinator
Bounty Community Farm Manager
Email: [email protected]
Bounty Hunters Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Advisory Board Members
Sheila Bride: President/Owner, Petaluma Coffee & Tea Company
Sheila has worked with numerous community and business organizations and has served on the boards of The Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce, Petaluma Visitor’s Program, the Rotary Club of Petaluma Valley, Petaluma Women’s Club, the Restaurant Association of the Redwood Empire, and the Petaluma Yacht Club. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Petaluma Library and the Casa Grande Culinary Arts program. For the past 6 years she has been an advisor at Casa Grande High School with the Rotary Interact Club. In 2004-2005 Sheila served as President of the Rotary Club of Petaluma Valley. Following long careers in the airline industry, Sheila and her husband Gardner moved to Petaluma in 1986, and founded the Petaluma Coffee Company in 1989. They enjoy the country life with their 4 cats, numerous deer, wildlife and the natural beauty of Petaluma.
David Kratzmann: Geology & Environmental Science Instructor, SRJC Petaluma
David Kratzmann, Ph.D., teaches Geology and Environmental Science classes at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus. Originally from Australia, Dr. Kratzmann obtained his undergraduate degrees from James Cook University and the University of Tasmania. He received his Ph.D. in Geological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. David has a keen interest in local food systems and environmental literacy. He has started a living learning lab permaculture garden on campus to save water and create an edible landscape, as well as a vegetable garden for students to grow and harvest food for each other. These projects aim to eliminate hunger as a barrier to learning. By creating interactive learning environments on campus, he aims to educate and inspire the next generation.
Caiti Hachmyer: Farmer, Proprietor, Food Systems Advocate
Caiti Hachmyer founded Red H Farm, a diversified vegetable operation in Sebastopol, CA, in 2009. With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a graduate degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, her work on the ground is complimented by research, writing, teaching, and activism. In addition to building a biodiverse, agroecological farm landscape, she is a contract researcher and writer for the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First, a member of the Sonoma County Food Systems Alliance, a lead instructor at the Permaculture Skills Center’s Farm School, adjunct faculty at Sonoma State University, and the founder of the project Foundations and the Future: Celebrating Women’s Leadership in the Food Movement. In 2016 she was acknowledged by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s through their Agroecology Knowledge Hub and by American Farmland Trust’s Profiles in Stewardship project.
Brian Dufour: Nutrition Education Consultant, Community Nutrition Advocate
Brian is proud to have joined the Petaluma Bounty Advisory Board in the spring of 2016. For the last 18 years, Brian has worked in the financial services industry holding senior executive positions with Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Fidelity Investments. He holds a B.A. degree in English Literature from Trinity College and an A.S. degree in Dietetics from Santa Rosa Junior College. He is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area (CHIPA), a Health Action chapter. Brian represents the Bay Area District of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the Legislative Ambassador to State Assemblymember Marc Levine. He volunteers as a member of the Healthy Students Initiative for the Community Activity and Nutrition Coalition in Sonoma County and serves on the PTA Board for Penngrove Elementary. Brian studies food systems and passionately believes that the work the Bounty Farm endeavors is critical to improving health outcomes for all members of our community. Brian lives in Penngrove with his super-cool wife and two funny and curious kids.
Elizabeth Esparza: Food Corps Service Member
A former Bounty intern from 2014, Elizabeth is excited to have joined the Advisory Board in the fall of 2016. A recent graduate of Sonoma State University where she studied English, Elizabeth was an active leader in Join Us Making Progress (JUMP), the campus community service organization, where she led volunteer service trips focused on issues of hunger and homelessness and food justice, before serving as a director of one of JUMP’s five coalitions. It was through her work with JUMP that Elizabeth was exposed to and became passionate about community food work, and how she first came to volunteer at Petaluma Bounty. Since graduation, Elizabeth has been serving with FoodCorps, first with the Child Nutrition department of a school district in the East Bay, working on implementing garden and nutrition education in the district, and now with Community Alliance with Family Farmers in Santa Rosa, working primarily on the Harvest of the Month program.
Jessica Vann Gardner: Marketing, Communications & Public Relations Expert
Jessica Vann Gardner has worked in marketing, public relations, and tourism development for 28 years, both in the United States and in France. She served as Executive Director for both the Destination Marketing Program and for the Economic Development of Tourism for the City of Petaluma, for more than nineteen of those years. A graduate of N.Y.U., Jessica has served four terms as the elected representative for the nine counties of the North Coast to the California Travel & Tourism Commission. She has been chairperson on the Marketing/Public Relations Committee of the Sonoma County Tourism Board and has been a member and Tourism-Hospitality Chair of the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board. Jessica has also provided destination media relations for Sonoma County, and lives in Petaluma with her husband, Alan, and their two children, currently working/attending university out of state. An avid lover of culinary exploration and organic gardening, Jessica is appreciative of the education and outreach offered by Petaluma Bounty to encourage access and knowledge about healthy food for all of our community.
Austin Garner: Attorney
Austin is a 20 year resident of Petaluma with three boys in Petaluma schools. While based in Petaluma, he has worked throughout the United States as a litigation and transactional attorney representing Fortune 500 companies and individuals with an emphasis in real estate finance and development. Austin studied political Science at the University of California, at Riverside and received his Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law. In addition to serving on the Petaluma Bounty Advisory Board, Austin has served on the boards of the Petaluma Valley Rotary, the Polly Hannah Klaas Performing Arts Theater Company, the Nu Concepts Management Group and the Edgemont Gardens Mutual Water Company.