Brews and Bites was a blast!

Thank you to our amazing sponsors, hosts, musicians, volunteers, donors and community!  Together we raised over $9,500 to benefit Bounty Programs to make healthy food available to everyone! Additional in-kind support exceeded $4,300! What a fantastic community celebration!

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A very special thank you to Lagunitas Brewing Company, Nopalito Mexican Food, Highway Poets, Agricultural Community Events, First Light Farm, Fishman Supply, Friedman’s Home Improvement, Lisa Krieshok, Hydrofarm, Marin Sun Farms, Petaluma Coffee & Tea, Petaluma Poultry, Quality Printing Services, Red H Farm, Sloat Design, and Three Twins Ice Cream.

We come together each year to celebrate the shared accomplishments that our combined efforts manifested. We are honored and delighted to work with you, our community to make our local food system work better for everyone!

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For those who couldn’t hear the announcements at the event, we pasted the program highlights below.

 

Program Highlights – 6th Annual Brews and Bites

 

Thank you all for coming out to share in the celebration of our community’s accomplishments throughout the last year!  It has been a tremendous year of community successes, and we are proud of the network of caring individuals, agencies, coalitions, and community members that came together to see through so many accomplishments in food access, education, engagement and empowerment. We would not have been able to reach these goals without our collective efforts.

 

Education

 

At Petaluma Bounty, we believe that education is central to revealing our food, understanding our food system and designing community solutions to respond to unmet needs. Our experiential education programs saw much success due to the work of Bounty staff, including the previous Education and Engagement Coordinator, Katie Haberman, who developed and launched many of the education initiatives this past year.

 

Collectively, we held 19 sessions of our ALIVE program, where 26 limited income families participated in farm-based, nutrition-centered learning and received 104 Bounty CSA Bags. We also led 17 service learning groups with a total of 150 participants, as well as 13 field trips with 300 school children\ from the community.

Healthy Living and Nutrition Education

  • ALIVE: 19 sessions,  26 limited income families, 104 Free CSA Bounty Food Bags

 

We also developed partnerships with several community groups; through these relationships, we created a bi-weekly after-school farm club in partnership with the local Boys and Girls club, with Burbank housing Logan Place and Old Elm residents as well as ALIVE graduates), and a bi-monthly farm visit program with Cypress Secondary School.

School Trips and Service Learning

  • Service learning: 17 groups, 150 participants
  • School trips: 13 groups, 300 school children

 

Engagement and Empowerment

 

Engagement and empowerment are two key organizational priorities for Petaluma Bounty, and this year saw success in both areas.  Whether it is developing skills to grow and prepare food, raising awareness and participation in existing food access initiatives, or getting more farms to apply for and accept CalFresh benefits, Petaluma Bounty is increasing all members’ involvement and investment in our food system.

 

Volunteers, Internships, Job Training

Our volunteer and internship programs, two areas that truly form the backbone of Bounty’s work, continued to thrive.

    • Several hundred volunteers completed over 2000 hours of community service
    • Internships: 4 college student interns

 

We also brought our community into our collaborative efforts through workshops and the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps program

    • 5 Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps learned on-farm job readiness skills
    • 4 summer community workshops

 

CalFresh Tours and Food Resource Guide

In an effort to combat food insecurity, we raised awareness about exisiting food access intiatives through farmers’ market CalFresh tours as well as the Food Resource Guide

  • Farmer’s Market Tours for CalFresh customers: 28
  • Participants in CalFresh Tours: 250
  • We updated and distributed at least 600 Food Resource Guides for Southern Sonoma County.

 

Organizational
  • With an eye towards community collaboration, we provided technical expertise for at least 4 farms and agencies involved in similar work in Sonoma County and beyond.
  • We expanded our Bounty advisory board to include three more members this year, with one community member on the frontline of our efforts to build community food security.

 

Food Access

 

Food access stands as one of our key organizational priorities and is a crucial piece of our mission.  In 2016, we continued to work to increase access to healthy food for low-income families and seniors while improving economic viability of local farms.

 

Production & Donation

  • Pounds of Food harvested from Bounty Farm: 13,000 lbs
  • Pounds of Food Donated to local food banks by Bounty Farm: 2000 lbs

 

Bounty Bag CSA Program

  • 50% Discount EBT (CalFesh) Bags: 80 or 32%
  • 30% Discount Low-Income Bags: 49 or 20%
  • 85 Free Bags for ALIVE participants: 83 or 33%

 

Farm stand and Farmacy

We offer a sliding scale Farm Stand at the Bounty Farm in addition to one at the Petaluma Health Center.

  • 55% of Bounty Farm produce sold at reduced rates through our sliding scale farm stands and CSA bags
  • CalFresh Sales (50% discount): $1205.22
  • Discounted low-income Sales (30% discount): $1,928.13

 

Farmer’s Market LIFE (operated at 12 markets across Sonoma and Marin County)

Also known as a matching program, LIFE, or Local Incentive for Food and Economy, improves access to locally grown produce at farmers’ markets by providing an incentive to CalFresh users.

  • Expanded to 3 farm stands and 2 CSAs in Sonoma County
  • Amount of incentives distributed through LIFE Markets: $44,260
  • Amount of CalFresh distributed through LIFE Markets: $56,950
  • Number of CalFresh transactions: 2620

 

Bounty Hunters

In order to expand emergency food outlets’ ability to distribute fresh produce, Bounty Hunters Volunteers was created.  These volunteers glean from backyards, orchards, farmers’ markets, and more and re-distribute to food pantries and low-income housing centers.

  • Pounds of fresh produce gleaned and donated to local food pantries: 20,000

 

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