What a year it’s been! From seed to compost pile and every step in between, we are proud of the results of our collective efforts and you should be too! This year, we decided to use the interactive platform Prezi to showcase our annual report as well as expand on the framework of what it means to be a farm-based community food security project. Please click here to view the Prezi.
Farmers’ Market L.I.F.E.
This year, $54,635 Market Match incentives and $68,313.00 of CalFresh were distributed through 15 FM L.I.F.E. farmers’ markets. We also had a total of 4,291 CalFresh transactions and 303 new CalFresh customers.
Sliding Scale Farm Stands (Petaluma Health Center & Bounty Farm)
A combined total of $5,772.72 of produce was sold at these outlets, of which 52% was sold at a discounted rate. Sales at the Farmacy (PHC farmstand) increased by 25% from 2018 to 2019.
Throughout the 2019 season, Bounty Hunter gleaners collected, harvested, or recovered 14,269lbs of produce that was shared with local pantries and shelters.
Bounty Community Farm
The Bounty Community Farm produced 11,891 pounds of seasonal vegetables and fruits with 60 different crops and 200 varieties of crops that were brought to our various produce outlets and donated to local food distribution centers.
Education and Engagement
Over 1,953 volunteer hours were logged at the Bounty Farm between January 2019 and December 1, 2019. We hosted 4 service-learning groups, 9 corporate visits, and 2 large-scale days of service including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Cesar Chavez Day of Service. We also welcomed over 120 local students for educational farm visits.
“The Petaluma Bounty has been a part of my life since 2007. At that time, I was a teacher at St. Vincent High School and with the help of the Petaluma Bounty, the school was able to develop a school garden. The garden was built by students, parents and teachers, but the Bounty provided the knowledge and support to begin the process. The Farm managers involved my students in learning about composting, planting, etc.
Students and I also became involved in the gleaning process. The Petaluma Bounty connected us with donors who had extra produce. We harvested and brought the fruit to distribution sites for dispersal. The students took great pride in their work.
This past June I retired from teaching. I knew that one of the organizations that I wanted to contribute to in my free time was the Petaluma Bounty. I have truly enjoyed volunteering on the farm on Wednesday mornings. There is a dedicated core of volunteers who have been working together for many years. They come rain or shine, ready to harvest, weed, or plant depending upon the needs of the season.
I enjoy the work on the farm and I know how important the product of our the work is to many in our community.”Anne Trott, Long-time Bounty Volunteer
Thank you to our Donors!
Here is an incomplete list of our donors, sponsors, and service contract partners. Without your support, our work would not be possible!
Agricultural Community Events Farmers Markets, Anna B’s Kitchen, Archebold Family, Berkeley Ecology Center/ CNIP, City of Rohnert Park, Clover Sonoma, Community Foundation of Fox Valley, County of Sonoma, Elim Lutheran Church, F.A. Nino’s, Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, Friedmans, Grab N Grow, Hansen Family Foundation, Heffernan Foundation, Hegarty Construction, Hydrofarm, Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative, J.M. Rosen’s Cheesecake, Kastania Winery, Kibo Farm, Korbel, Lagunitas Brewery, Lisa Krieshok Design, Martin Family, Martinelli Family, McCormick Foundation, McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma Coffee and Tea Co., Petaluma Health Care District, Petaluma Market, Petaluma Poultry, Petaluma Seed Bank, Petaluma Transit, Red H Farm, Revive Kombucha, Sonoma Family Meal, Swallowtail Garden Seeds, Three Twins Ice Cream, Top Speed Data, Truly Creative, UC Davis, Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma, Zimmerman Family, and many other individual and anonymous donors!