Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2019: Reflections

At Bounty Farm, we hold a few days of service each year to honor pivotal people who have built movements and fought tirelessly for equity. Last month, we honored and celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr, who battled racial and economic injustices towards a vision of a more just future. As a community farm with a mission centered around community food security, Dr. King’s vision resonates deeply with our own goals in furthering food justice. On January 21st, we worked with close to 50 people on various farm projects, in community, for community.

Photo from Crissy Pascual and Argus-Courier Staff

With volunteers of all ages, we began with an opening circle to introduce the day before spreading out in small groups over the farm to complete needed projects. Some people engaged in weeding the perimeter of one of our front fields, some organized and cleaned pots, others weeded and mulched pathways around the farm. Over a short span of three hours, we were able to accomplish the following tasks in our efforts to grow food in community, for community, this 2019 season.

– Weeding, cleaning, and mulching of our green house

– Organizing tools and pots in our potting shed

– Weeding and mulching around the perimeter of Bert field

– Mulching key pathways around the farm

– Pruning trees in our orchard as well as weeding and mulching in the orchard 

– Mulching, pruning, and weeding in our Unity Garden, an educational space we share with our community

In our closing circle, we shared key accomplishments of Martin Luther King, including his protests against police brutality, voter registration campaigns, and organizing for economic justice with the Poor People’s Campaign. Volunteers offered thoughts and reflections from the day — what it felt like to meet others and work collaboratively, to dedicate a day towards Dr. King’s legacy, and to enjoy a day spent in community.

Photo from Crissy Pascual and Argus-Courier Staff

Thank you, all, for lending a hand, picking up a tool, and helping to bend a bit of our local arc towards justice.  Gratitude, also, to the Petaluma Argus-Courier for this article and photos from the event!

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