What does a typical season look like at the Bounty Farm?
Below is a quick description of activity on Bounty Farm that we were asked to put together. We love our Bounty Farm and are tickled to be able to share and reflect on cycles and rhythms of production and engagement. Here’s to many more seasons on this special site for all our community!
January- Start seeding in greenhouse. Kick-off volunteer season with Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
February- Interview potential interns, continue volunteer recruitment, conduct field trips, community service days. Continue greenhouse work.
March- Recruit low-income CSA members, distribute outreach material for workshops, Educator Open House, sliding scale farm stand, plant sale, and ALIVE. Conduct field trips, after-school groups, service learning as weather allows. Host Alternative Spring Break students. Mow and turn in cover crop as soon as fields are accessible. Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day of Service.
April- Plant Sale and farm production in full force. Recruit CSA members, ALIVE participants, and interns. Outreach for above initiatives, conduct field trips, service days, and after-school club. Publish Food Resource Guide (where to get free or low-cost food in Southern Sonoma County).
May- Start harvest season including CSA and farm stand, summer internships begin. Wind down field trips for summer, continue service learning and summer group visits. Conduct Educator Open House, plan and schedule for 2018-19 Academic Year. Recruit for ALIVE, CSA, farm stand, and volunteers.
June through August- host Sonoma County Eco-Youth Corps job-training program. Continue bi-monthly workshop series, service learning and group visits, CSA and sliding-scale farm stand, start ALIVE sessions. Hold monthly training sessions for new volunteers and gleaners.
August- host annual fundraiser. Re-start field trips. Maximum harvest time!
September- Continue bi-monthly workshop series, service learning and group visits, CSA and sliding-scale farm stand, field trips, continue ALIVE sessions. Coordinate gleans and bi-annual emergency food provider meeting.
October- Volunteer and Community Appreciation Harvest Party at Bounty Farm, field trips, community service days, continue sliding scale CSA and farm stand program, finish gleaning and preserving activities, continue ALIVE family nutrition classes.
November- Field trips, community service days, finish sliding scale CSA and farm stand program, final production workshop of the season. Finalize ALIVE Program and conduct post-evaluation. Winterize farm- pull all crops, plant cover crops.
December to January- Convene community meetings at neighboring affordable housing site to present initiatives, participatory program development, and prioritize topics for workshops. Recruit Spring interns and volunteers. Convene meeting for emergency food providers, identify needs, set priorities.
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