2020 Fall Plant Sale with Social Distancing Guidelines
Sunday, September 6, 2020; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Proceeds from the First Annual Fall 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 and promote year-round gardening!
Please go to the Fall Plant Sale Page for crucial links and information on how to participate!
Health Considerations: Due to the continued presence of Covid-19 in our community, we have had to rearrange how we handle our community plant sales to limit the amount of people on the farm as we comply with social distancing guidelines. No more than ten people will be allowed to sign up for a time slot at once in order to keep distancing possible on the farm. Also, you will be required to wear a mask and ask that you use our hand sanitizing station before going to the main shopping area. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Once you have a timeslot through Calendly, you will be able to choose your plants at the Bounty Farm on 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! In the spirit of community, we will be asking that you keep your purchase to 20 plants to make sure there is plenty to go around! Also, please bring your own boxes to carry your plants.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
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, 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.
To learn more about growing your own garden, seed saving, community gardens, and more, click here!
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 on EBT cards, and encouraged!
History of Plant Sale
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!
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