Started in 2011 by the amazing volunteer efforts of John Horrell, aided by the support of Dr. John Shribbs and Denise Ward, and mentored by Harvest for the Hungry with seed funding from Bread for the Journey, the annual Spring Plant Sale has become quite the tradition here at the Bounty Community Farm and within the greater Petaluma Community! This event is well aligned with our mission of getting healthy food to everyone through collaboration, education, and promoting self-sufficiency.
It is our hope that providing sustainably raised starts for sale to the public, we are making it easier for others to start a garden or to continue gardening here in beautiful Sonoma County. We like to make this a family-fun event with music, food, workshops, tours and other fun activities for the community. Sales and donations from the event go to supporting our programs and efforts to make a strong, vibrant local food system that works well for all.
But our work doesn’t stop there. What we’d really like is for more people to develop their own skills in seed starting and seed saving! Starting in 2013, we focused our efforts in propagating heirloom or open pollinated plants so that you can have the option of saving seed from your plants for subsequent seasons. Advantages of saving your own seed include breeding varieties that are adapted to local growing conditions, increasing self-sufficiency and not having to purchase seeds each year, perpetuating the botanical heritage and traditions of our ancestors, and preserving and improving the biodiversity of plants.
Starting in 2015, our sponsors provide a match of up to $10 for customers using their CalFresh (food stamps) EBT card. All purchases of edible plants are allowable and encouraged!
- To understand the difference between heirloom and hybrid varieties, read this article by Ellen Solomon of NorthBay Horticulture. Language of Seeds
- For a list of plants that will be available for the 2016 plant sale, please click the following link: PlantSaleDescriptions2016
- To get more information on those descriptions click here: you can go to Baker Creek Seed Company or Sustainable Seed Company.
- To learn more about growing your own garden, seed saving, community gardens and more, click here!
- To learn more about the story of seeds and seed saving, go to www.seedmatters.org