At Petaluma Bounty, we love sharing the joy of growing (and eating) organic produce.
After our 2nd Annual Fall Plant Sale held August 29, 2021, we were happy to share leftover starts through a Community Plant Giveaway. The veggie starts we lovingly raised have now landed in community and school gardens, supplementing grassroots efforts to grow healthy food, shore up food security, and to educate kids.
This year, our giveaway was particularly well received by school garden coordinators. After more than a year of distance learning, students are back in school and able to go hands-on in the garden. Coordinators like Stephanie of the Sequoia Elementary Garden were jazzed to welcome children back and are excited for them to take care of fall and winter veggies as they grow and mature. The experience will be on a whole new level from simply harvesting crops that grew over the summer break!
In addition to the Fall Plant Sale leftovers, we gave away many of our backup plants from our farm production. We were happy to hand off a total of 5,200 starts to very good hands.
Starts included cabbage, kale, collards, broccoli, leeks, basil, rosemary, lettuce, arugula, cauliflower, sage, parsley, cabbage, peas, brussels sprouts, artichokes, mizuna, bok choy, and many more varieties.
Wanda Stewart of East Bay’ food justice movement Common Vision distributed many of our starts to school and community gardens in Oakland, Berkeley, and Bay Area nonprofit organizations growing produce for communities in need.
Thanks to Wanda’s efforts, the following school and community gardens are growing Petaluma Bounty’s veggie starts: Hoover, Markham, Prescott Elementary. Riverside Middle School, (Bay Point) Martinez Adult School, Castlemont High School, Bay Area Makersfarm, the Farm at Alameda Point Collaborative, Motive Community Housing, a Sebastopol community collective, Edible Schoolyard Stockton, Cob on Wood house-less encampment, PLACE for Sustainable Living, Melrose Leadership Academy, Longfellow Middle School, Oakland Community School/Think College Now, Chapter 510, Gill Tract Farm and countless small home gardens in Berkeley, Oakland, El Sobrante, Richmond and more.
Other Organizations that received our starts are:
- Sunrise Community Garden
- Community Alliance withFamily Farmers
- Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley
- Lydia Community Garden
- St. James Community Garden
- Sequoia Elementary Garden
- McNear Elementary School Garden
- Grant Elementary School Garden
- Common Vision
- Hummingbird Farm
- Park Side Elementary School Garden
- Brook Haven School Garden
- Springhill School Garden
In addition to everyone who came to our Community Plant Giveaway, we are grateful for every volunteer, sponsor, and Plant Sale customer. With every seed planted, grown, and consumed locally, we continue to work toward a sustainable future with healthy food for everyone.