11th Annual Spring Plant Sale with Social Distancing Guidelines
Sunday, April 25, 2021; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Get your garden started! There will be thousands of plants for sale on Sunday, April 25th at the Bounty Community Farm, located at 55 Shasta Ave in Petaluma. With over 27 types of affordably priced vegetables, herbs and flowers and 200 different varieties to choose from, everyone is sure to find something for their garden!
There will be popular favorites including heirloom tomatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, hot peppers like Serrano and Shishito, sweet peppers like Marconi and Jimmy Nardello, bunching and storage onions, peas, Roma beans, Ping Tung eggplant, lettuce, rainbow chard, kale, pac choi, multi-colored beets, broccoli, lemon cucumbers, melons, winter squash like Butternut and Delicata, summer squash, a wide variety of herbs and flowers to round out the selection! Specific varieties will be published closer to the 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!
Veggie seedlings ready for planting will start at $3.00. Thanks to our sponsors, Petaluma Bounty will be offering 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.
In response to feedback from the 2020 Plant Sale, we will reserve Saturday, April 24th from 1-3PM for those that are 65+, immunocompromised, or paying with EBT (CalFresh). If you qualify for that category, please email or call Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 364-4866 to schedule an appointment. 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 .
Due to the continued presence of Covid-19 in our community, and lessons from the 2020 Plant Sale, we have made the following changes to the format:
- All customers will need to sign up for a 30 minute time slot, through Calendly to limit the amount of people on the farm as we comply with social distancing guidelines. We will post the link on our website on April 19th.
- All appointments on April 24th are reserved for people who are more greatly impacted by COVID-19 or are unable to purchase at other commercial operations. This is why we are having folks contact a staff member for these appointments to determine the best fit for the individual.
- Please limit your party’s number to the minimum number 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, check your temperature, 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. Plant varieties and descriptions will be posted on April 12th.
Signups will begin on April 19th through Calendly and will be announced on our website and social media pages, such as our Facebook and Instagram You must be signed up for a timeslot to be able to shop.
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 based on the timeslot that you pick. 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!
Sponsor the 11th Annual Spring Plant Sale!
Help us grow our programs by becoming a sponsor for the 11th annual Bounty Spring Plant Sale. On April 25th, thousands of edible plants (plus flowers and natives) will be sold to local gardeners and community groups.
Our sponsorship level for the 11th Annual Spring Plant Sale is $250.
What your business gets: We will include your logo on our flyers, link to your organization on our blog/website, and include you in our newsletter and social media posts, which reaches 4,000, and 5,000 folks respectively. Also, we will have a sign with your logo listing you as a high-level sponsor at our plant sale and invite you to to provide us with flyers or business cards, which we will have available at the sale.
Sponsorship also allows us to provide a 50% discount for anyone purchasing with CalFresh (foodstamp) benefits, up to $20. Our newsletter list includes over 4,000 people and social media views will reach 5,000.
If interested, please email email@example.com by 3/15/21.
Thank you for your consideration!
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 but are still confined to COVID-19 safety measures. 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