Thank you to everyone who supported us at our 10th Annual Plant Sale! We know that there were many challenges navigating a new online system but there were also many successes to celebrate including 1) the most funds raised for our programs since the start of the Plant Sale fundraiser, 2) we had more EBT (CalFresh) sales than ever before, 3) our sponsors provided the funds to reduce the cost of the edible plant starts by 50%, 4) volunteer new and seasoned that stepped up to support where and when needed, 5) expanded outreach to new customers and potential volunteers, 6) Heritage Salvage raised funds for Bounty and PPSC’s other food programs through sales of their garden box kits, 7) Bounty hosted Petaluma Garden Club sale so they wouldn’t have to cancel their own, 8) many happy gardeners! We’ll see you next year for our 11th Annual Plant Sale (hopefully in person)!
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