Petaluma Bounty is an enlightening community farm made up of kind and hard working people. They greet with open arms, and treat you like family. They work in a healthy environment, with educational jobs that aid the community to grow food for themselves. The diversity of the farm gives you a sense of purpose and happiness. It is truly a wonderful farm. I have enjoyed the times I have volunteered, and it’s always a great feeling to go back to Petaluma Bounty.
During my volunteer hours, I have learned more than ever about botany and agriculture. I mulched, weeded, and did various farm jobs and tasks. During my experience, I had learned that the weeds I had cut on the farm were called ‘Cereal Weed’, due to its wheat-like look, which is what cereal is made of, hence ‘Cereal Weed’. It was an amazing experience, especially being the first time I worked in the spring. Because it was spring, I had gotten to see how the staff would prepare the crops for the season. This led me to mulching, prepping, and other pre-season jobs.
I helped cultivate food for someone else, while socializing with fun people like the staff and volunteers. I met many people whom I enjoyed farming with. I never realized how connected I could be with my community. I had met people I should’ve known, because the people at Petaluma Bounty are kind, humble people that I love being around. Overall, it was a joyous and exciting experience and I will definitely keep volunteering there.