Would you enjoy making a positive contribution in the lives of community friends in need, while advocating healthy food for everyone by growing a sustainable local food system? If so, the Petaluma Bounty Advisory Board, in collaboration with Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC) could be the perfect match. Diversity of thought, skill, experience, age, ableism, race, culture, and approach are sought to ensure our programs and operations reflect the realities, needs, and aspirations of our community.
Since 2006, Petaluma Bounty’s mission continues to be “Growing A Sustainable Local Food System Through Collaboration, Education, and promoting Self-Reliance”. Applications are now being accepted for individuals to join the advisory board and contribute their care and expertise to fulfill Petaluma Bounty’s important and timely mission. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 25th, 2017. Application forms may be found by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/forms/bMFBXGKx5bqo6oA63.
Potential advisory board members with skills such as community and event organization, finance and fundraising, health care providers, food system strategies, farming, research and evaluation, graphic design, and social media experience are encouraged to apply. Bilingual Spanish language skills would also be beneficial. Terms of advisory board members are for a period of two years.
The Advisory Board meets monthly (usually the second Tuesday of the month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) and has working committees such as Fundraising, Communications and Events, Community Engagement, and topical Thought Forces. Time commitments vary but applicants should set aside 8 to 12 hours per month.
Petaluma Bounty seeks to grow a thriving local food system where consumers make informed decisions; farmers make a decent living while prioritizing ecological stewardship of the land; and all people – regardless of income – have access to healthy food. We push beyond the immediate demands of hunger relief toward community food security and hunger prevention with programming that expands our community’s capacity to feed each other into the future.
Our programs have demonstrated the positive influence of providing healthy food to the Petaluma community. Our health partners provide conclusive and compelling proof that the families we assist are improving their health as they are assisted and educated for long-term wellness.
Accomplishments and Partnerships
To date, the fruits of our collective efforts include 8 community gardens, 650,000+ pounds of fresh produce diverted into the emergency food system, an urban educational farm, award-winning programming on nutrition and health, farm education and food literacy programs developed with community input, and innovative affordable local food incentives.
In 2016, The Bounty Community Farm hosted 5 Sonoma County Eco-Youth Corps summer job trainees, 8 college student interns, 22 school and service learning groups amounting to 420 participants, and 16 A.L.I.V.E. sessions were provided to 22 limited income families. Several hundred volunteers completed over 2000 hours of community service, 4 Community Workshops were hosted at the Bounty Farm and 20 at participating Farmers’ Markets. A.L.I.V.E. participants received 85 free CSA bags, the Bounty Farm donated 1000 pounds and Bounty Hunters gleaners contributed another 1500 pounds of fresh produce to local pantries. Through our local affordable food incentives, Bounty Farm sold 55% of produce at reduced rates through our sliding scale farm stands and CSA bags. The Farmers’ Market LIFE Program (operated at 12 markets across Sonoma and Marin County) distributed over $56,950 in CalFresh benefits and $44,260 in incentives resulting in a total of $101,210.00 spent on healthy, fresh, locally grown food.
Recently honored with a certificate of appreciation by Assembly Member Mark Levine, and CAFF Farmers Guild Farm Advocate of the Year, Petaluma Bounty staff have presented at local, regional and state-wide conferences and publications including the Sonoma County Food Forum on Social Equity, Foundations and Future- A Celebration of Women In The Food Movement In The Bay Area, Delicious Revolution and more.
Staff members also hold key leadership and advocacy roles for changes in services and regulations that strengthen the agency of food insecure community members and the capacity of small-scale farms, Petaluma Bounty is a member of the following organizations and committees:
- Hunger Index Sonoma County Steering Committee
- Sonoma County Food System Alliance Coordinating Committee, Policy Committee Chair, Social Equity Committee
- CHIPA (Community Health Initiative of Petaluma, a.k.a. Health Action South County Chapter)
- Emergency Food Providers of Petaluma Round Circle
- Sonoma County Food Recovery Coalition Founding Member
Through committee and program work, Petaluma Bounty has fostered partnerships with the following organizations: Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph Health, Petaluma Healthcare District/ CHIPA, Petaluma Health Center, Slow Food Russian River, Sonoma County Human Services, Area Agency on Aging, Sonoma County Libraries, Burbank Housing, PEP Housing, 4C’s, HeadStart Sonoma County, Sonoma County Health Dept. Sonoma County Human Services Dept., Sonoma County Health Action, Northern California Center for Well-Being, Catholic Charities, Redwood Empire Foodbank, Redwood Community Health Coalition, Sonoma County 211, InterFaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, Petaluma Inter-Faith Pantry, Sonoma County WIC Offices, Community Foundation of Sonoma County, Boys and Girls Club, 4C’s, McDowell Family Center.
Please consider joining the Petaluma Bounty Advisory Board to help transform our local food system!