I’ve got too much produce!
If your garden or fruit tree is providing more than you can eat, consider the following actions:
- Preserve, dehydrate, or make stock with your produce. Don’t know how? Consider taking a workshop or hosting a preserving party!
- Share it with friends, family, neighbors.
- Share or barter it with your networks: Homegrown Guild, CropMobster, Nextdoor, Freecycle, Fallen Fruit, etc.
- Deliver it to a community donation drop site, pantry, food bank, or a Cropmobster food provider (see video below for more information on the CropMobster project).
- Attend or host a produce exchange.
- Put it out in a free box.
- Remember your neighborhood chickens, rabbits, goats, etc. would love your greens.
- Devise a neighborly composting scheme.
- Put spoiled produce in your Petaluma Green Bin.
Place to Drop off Extra Food in Petaluma:
Petaluma Bounty Hunters can help get your surplus fresh food to Petaluma residents who can’t afford fresh, healthy food. Just drop off your surplus bounty at one of our Bounty Hunters Collection Sites, and we’ll make sure it gets to local households in need. We have collection sites on the East and West sides of Petaluma. See below or click here for the flyer!
Outside of Petaluma:
I’ve got fallow space in my garden
Not everyone in our community has access to fresh produce or a yard to grow their own. If you have more space than you can cultivate, consider taking the following actions:
- Grow a Row for Hunger Relief, then deliver your produce to a local community donation drop site.
- Plant a winter garden. Winter is when pantries are most in need of fresh produce.
- Do a garden share with someone who has no garden.
I’ve got time and/or resources to help others. What else can I do?
- Support efforts to create more community gardens and edible landscaping.
- Take advantage of the city of Petaluma Mulch Madness program to remove your lawn and plant edible landscaping or a vegetable garden in its place.
- Volunteer for or donate to Petaluma Bounty.
Need help harvesting your orchard or farm?
If you have a local orchard or farm with extra fruit or veggies (say 150 pounds or more) that you’d like to donate, Petaluma Bounty Hunters may be able to send out a Food Posse to help bring in the harvest. Give us a call at 775-3663 (ext. 218) or email us at [email protected]. (All Food Posses are volunteer, so our ability to help you harvest is subject to volunteer availability.)
Want to be a Petaluma Bounty Hunter?
We’re looking for volunteer Posse Members (to help harvest fresh fruit and vegetables from local orchards and farms) and Drivers (to help drive donated food to local distribution sites). Simply fill out our on-line Volunteer Form to tell us about your volunteer interests and availability.