Bounty Plant Sale

Thank you to all customers, volunteers, sponsors, and board members who helped make our 12th Annual Spring Plant Sale a success. It was wonderful seeing the many smiling faces at the farm!

We hold two plant sales a year — spring and fall. To be among the first to learn about upcoming sales and any other Petaluma Bounty events, sign up for our monthly newsletter.

UPDATE: Extended Plant Sale

After a successful weekend sale, we are opening up the farm to drop-in customers. Stop by the farm during the following times to buy veggie starts ready to plant in your garden. At the farm, please be ready to pay with a credit card or EBT. EBT customers get 50% off up to $20!

  • Thursday, April 28, 3-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Thursday, May 5, 3-6 p.m.

Starting May 7, we will have veggie starts for sale at the Petaluma Walnut Park Farmers’ Market. Market hours are Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. Cash, credit card, and EBT accepted at the market.

At a Glance:

When:

Saturday, April 23, 2022; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • For CalFresh (EBT), seniors 65+, and immunocompromised customers
  • UPDATE: Saturday slots are all full.

Sunday, April 24, 2022;  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Open to all)

Click here to sign up for a Sunday slot.

Plant List

Click here to see a list of plants we’ll have for sale. Please understand that there are no holds, and sales are by first come, first served. We have thousands of plant starts so we hope you’ll be flexible and open to trying a different variety than you may have in mind!

Compost giveaway

We’ll have a free organic compost giveaway at the event, thanks to Zero Waste Sonoma. Limit 10 gallons per household while supplies last. Go to our blog post for details.

Where

55 Shasta Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952

12th Annual Spring Plant Sale

April 23rd and 24th are the dates for our 12th Annual Plant Sale!
All customers must sign up for a 30-minute time slot to ensure a safe and comfortable shopping experience. The signup platform will go live on April 13th, so stay tuned!
Veggie seedlings ready for planting will start at $3.00. Thanks to our sponsors, Petaluma Bounty will offer a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $20, for anyone purchasing their edible plants with CalFresh (EBT)!
We will gladly accept EBT cards, cash, and credit for payment at this event.
Learn from local gardening experts which varieties will do best in your garden and how to get seedlings off to a healthy start. Proceeds from the Annual Spring Plant Sale support the Bounty Community Farm Programs and other initiatives that provide healthy food to low-income families and seniors that may not otherwise be able to afford it. Grow your own food while helping others grow theirs!
Petaluma Bounty’s vision is to grow a thriving local food system where consumers make informed decisions; farmers make a decent living while prioritizing ecological stewardship of the land; and all people – regardless of income – have access to healthy food. Petaluma Bounty is a program of Petaluma People Services Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 

Health Considerations:

In response to feedback from the 2020 Plant Sale and the continued presence of Covid-19 in our community, we have made changes to our 2021 plant sale to give preference to CalFresh/EBT customers, immunocompromised individuals, and our elders. We also integrated new practices to streamline operations while maintaining safe social distancing. We are continuing these safe practices in 2022.
 
  • We will reserve Saturday, April 23rd for those who are 65 years or older, immunocompromised, or paying with EBT (CalFresh). The intent is to ensure that those who cannot purchase their plants at other commercial outlets, due to health or payment considerations, have the opportunity to do so at our community farm.
  • All customers will need to sign up for a 30-minute time slot. We will post the signup link on our website on April 13th.
  • Please limit your party’s number to the minimum needed to get your plant purchases done.
  • Once you arrive at the farm, we will check you in, make sure you’re on the list and have a mask, and orient you to the site.
  • You will then have 30 minutes to make your selection and pay for your plants. Do your research ahead of time to make the most of your time. Consider making a list of your preferred plants and second choices as we will run out of popular varieties.
  • Sales are by a first-come, first-served basis. We will not use an online platform and thus cannot guarantee the plants you want will be in stock – no holds, no online sales, less fuss!

Volunteers needed

We are looking for volunteer help on both days of the sale.
 
Please reach out to farm@petalumabounty.org if you are interested in signing up. We will update this page with a link to volunteer signups soon. 
 

Why we hold our Plant Sales

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 by 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. 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.

To learn more about growing your own garden, seed saving, community gardens, and more, click here!

EBT accepted; discounts offered for CalFresh customers

Our sponsors provide a match of up to $20 for customers using their CalFresh (food stamps) EBT card. All purchases of edible plants are allowable on EBT cards, and encouraged!

How it all began

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!

Specialty Greens Sign

Heirloom varieties & seed saving

But our work doesn’t stop with sending you home with your starts. 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.

To understand the difference between heirloom and hybrid varieties, read this article by Ellen Solomon of NorthBay Horticulture. Language of Seeds

To get more information about the plants that are available on our Plant List, click here: Baker Creek Seed Company or Swallowtail Garden Seeds.

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