At the Bounty Farm, we grow food for the community in community, while also growing new skills and promoting understanding about sustainable agriculture and its role in a healthy food system. Located in the center of Petaluma, the Bounty Community Farm is situated on 3.5 acres of land that has been generously shared by Gottfried Stonitsch and his family since 2007. We employ sustainable agricultural methods to grow over 40 varieties of vegetables and fruits.
Our 1.5 staff members coordinate all formal and informal learning activities on the farm as we grow food in community for community. Through drop-in volunteer work, academic internships, Sonoma County Eco-Youth Corps- a job training program for youth, service learning projects, corporate workdays and more, we grow over 12,000 pounds of produce annually. The majority of our produce goes to low-income families and seniors in our community who would otherwise not be able to afford locally grown food.
The Bounty Community Farm is located at 55 Shasta Avenue off Petaluma Blvd. North (near the Lucky’s grocery store). After reading the content below, email the Farm Manager at [email protected] or call at (707) 364-4883 if you have any questions about how to get involved.
The Bounty Community Farm is situated on land that has been generously shared by Gottfried Stonitsch and his family. Through the hard work of volunteers and the assistance of North Bay Construction, we transformed this long-vacant urban property into a beautiful and inspiring productive farm, harvesting the first crops in June of 2008. In the Spring of 2009, a 74-fruit tree orchard was planted and an additional acre of land put into production
Where does the produce go?
The collective fruits of our efforts results in over 12,000 lbs of sustainably grown fresh produce, over half of which supports community efforts.
Here’s a snapshot of the places we bring our produce:
- The Bounty Farm Stand – Open to all! Come enjoy the farm, walk around, pick from our pick-your-own herbs garden, and purchase produce from the farm stand. Located at the farm, 55 Shasta Ave. off of Petaluma Blvd. North. Two-Tier prices based on economic need. Accept credit cards, cash, WIC, CalFresh (aka EBT/foodstamps).
- Bounty CSA Bags– A partnership with the Petaluma community in which boxes of fresh produce are provided weekly to local families from June to November. As part of the Local Affordable Food Incentives, Bounty Farm actively seeks community sponsors for the Bounty Boxes that are provided to low-income families and seniors, so healthy food is accessible to members of the Petaluma community most in need.
- ‘Farmacy’ at the Petaluma Health Center
Open to the Petaluma Health Center staff and patients, two-tier prices based on economic need for all produce. Accept credit cards, cash, WIC, CalFresh (aka EBT/foodstamps), Produce Rx.
- Farmer’s Market at Walnut Park
May through November, Saturdays 2-5:30pm. Open to the public. Retail Prices only, we accept cash, WIC, CalFresh (aka EBT/foodstamps).
Bounty provides weekly bags of seasonal produce, or ‘Bounty CSA Bags’, to participating families.
- Local Restaurants
Please make sure to share our appreciation with the following restaurants when you go to eat heir delicious food! Wishbone, Water St Bistro, Petaluma Pie Company, Saltwater Oyster Depot.
How can you support the Bounty Community Farm?
- Volunteer at the farm– Join us at the farm each week for volunteer workdays. Email [email protected] to join our email list and to let us know that you plan to come out and volunteer. All you need to bring is water, sunscreen, and your lunch … we provide everything else.
- Donate money– If you would like to make a monetary donation, click here to donate via Paypal.Or you can send a check to Petaluma Bounty 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma 94952. Please make sure to put Bounty Farm in the memo line.
- Donate goods and services– Always looking for the items on our Wishlist!
- Purchase our produce at the following outlets– Bounty Farm Stand, Petaluma Walnut Park Farmers’ Market, and local restaurants.
How does the Bounty Community Farm fit into our mission?
The Bounty Farm is the heart and core of our organization. It is the site of multiple programs and serves as a hub of community activity:
Bounty CSA Bags– A partnership with the Petaluma community in which boxes of fresh produce are provided weekly to local families from June to November. As part of the Local Affordable Food Incentives, Bounty Farm actively seeks community sponsors for the Bounty Boxes that are provided to low-income families and seniors, so healthy food is accessible to members of the Petaluma community most in need.
Bounty Hunters– A food gleaning program in which produce from local farms and backyards that would otherwise go to waste is gathered by volunteers and provided to local kitchens and food pantries. Each year the Farm contributes thousands of pounds of produce to Bounty Hunters for donation to those in the community who are not food secure. Additionally, gleaning trainings for new volunteers are held monthly at the Bounty Community Farm.
Educational Initiatives – The Bounty Educational Initiative has 3 priorities: 1) Improve participants’ relationship to food through hands-on experiences; 2) Increase individuals’ skills of food cultivation and preparation through workshops, volunteering, partnerships with job training agencies, schools, community organizers and community groups; and 3) Increase awareness of the true cost of food and foster engagement in community solutions. The Bounty Farm hosts formalized instruction through workshops, academic internships, A.L.I.V.E, field trips and job training. Informal, hands-on learning happens daily through service learning, volunteering, and tours.
Petaluma Farmers’ Market – A popular destination where the Farm sells a wide variety of fresh produce from May through November.
Bounty Farm Stand/Farmacy – Selling fresh produce at the Petaluma Health Center and the Bounty Farm. The stand is open seasonally from June until November.
Internships – Whether you’re looking for school credit or are looking for an in-depth ongoing volunteer opportunity to enhance your community farming knowledge and skill set, we will try our best to craft the right internship to match your skills and goals with ongoing farm needs. We are proud to be a teaching farm and welcome interns of all ages. Please contact the Education & Engagement Coordinator at [email protected] to inquire.