Petaluma Bounty Hunters has started the 8th season of gleaning in Southern Sonoma County. And this year brings a lot of exciting changes! We recently hired Martín Rivarola to coordinate community gleans and expand volunteer opportunities for more community members.
Here is a little background on Martín, in his own words, “I am 45 yrs old, originally from Argentina and a proud Cal Poly-SLO (College of Agriculture) graduate. In my younger years I worked in ranch and also dairy farms and after graduating, a friend of mine and I run a small organic veggie operation (this is back in 96-98 close to Buenos Aires). Back in the United States, I became a community organizer and currently I am a health educator working full-time for the Center for Well-Being (Santa Rosa) in a grant-funded position from the SNAP-Ed program of the USDA (Obesity Prevention). My job there is to coordinate Peer Health Educators, also called Promotores de Salud, volunteers who get trained in five nutrition curricula and go back to community to share with others what they learned. I also coordinate all relationships and the scheduling of presentations with “hosting” partnering agencies.”
We feel very lucky to have Martín as a team member and look forward to making the Bounty Hunters Program more accessible, relevant and engaging to more community members. In response to one ongoing community requests, Bounty Hunters will now share up to 30% of produce collected with volunteer gleaners. So if your family is interested in supporting our community efforts and you are seeking improved access to healthy foods, look no further. For more information about this new initiative, please click here for a recent press release.
Each year, we get more requests for gleans than we can respond to. The limiting capacity for our group is the number of trained and engaged gleaners. So if you or someone you know is interested in helping out, come to a Bounty Hunters gleaning training on Saturday, August 16th at the Bounty Farm and stay for a farm fresh potluck. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patty Sherwood continues to coordinate the Bounty Hunters Drivers Program that makes up the distribution arm of our gleaning efforts. Through volunteer drivers, we move extra produce to agencies that distribute to families and seniors in need. Some of the agencies we work with include PEP Housing, Interfaith Pantries, COTS Kitchen, Senior Nutrition Center, and North Bay Children’s Center. If you have a high capacity vehicle and an extra hour (or more) of time you can volunteer, you can reach Patty at Bountyhuntersdrivers@petalumabounty.org.