Petaluma Bounty

October Newsletter

Bounty Community Responding to Urgent Community Needs
Recovery and Resilience
Petaluma Bounty's response to the Sonoma County fires

In the weeks since the Sonoma County fires, many have commented on the good that has come out of the disaster - the flood of support from all reaches of our community. 

Petaluma Bounty played a unique and crucial role as a community hub for local food response. By leveraging existing infrastructure and networks, we responded to needs both new and ongoing in the face of this unprecedented disaster. Thanks to volunteers, donors, and partners, we packed and distributed about 1500 pounds of fresh produce into food bags for our community and another 800 pounds of bulk fruits and vegetables for service providers cooking meals. 

As we look towards recovery, we are continuing to focus on sustained action around long-term food security, which has become all the more integral in the wake of disaster. To learn how Bounty stepped up in the short term and how we plan to continue to engage, please click here.

In This Issue
Kaiser Permanente Grant
Petaluma Bounty is grateful to have received a Kaiser Permanente grant, "Growing and Sharing the Bounty," in the amount of $15,000. This generous donation will allow our organization to implement  Our Bounty, providing food insecure clients with increased purchasing power through matching incentives (like Market Match), improved produce offerings at pantries through a food recovery initiative, nutrition training that empowers healthy life style changes, and training on how to grow and prepare healthy food. Each of these actions supports the goal for long-term food security in Sonoma and Marin counties, a key cornerstone of our mission to provide healthy food for everyone. 

Thank You, Bounty Community!
Huge gratitude for our volunteers and interns during the Sonoma County fires 

Bounty Community Farm saw an incredible influx of support in the wake of the devastating fires across our county. In the weeks after the fires hit, staff and volunteers worked together to harvest and assemble bags of fresh produce to be delivered to community members in need of food. Local growers donated produce, and commercial kitchens cooked nurturing meals for our displaced neighbors. In less than two weeks we distributed over 2,300 pounds of locally grown, quality produce.

As a way to thank our generous volunteers, we opened our annual Volunteer Appreciation & Harvest Party to our community. Over food and drinks, we shared words of reflection and our hopes for resilience in the weeks to come.  We were so busy having fun and sharing hugs, we forgot to take photos!

Thank you to all of our incredible volunteers for showing up, getting dirty, and working together to aid recovery efforts. As the saying goes, the love was thicker than the smoke.

Bounty Farm Season - In a Snapshot!

After our 9th season on the Bounty Farm, we love to be able to reflect on the natural and community rhythms that feed the pulse of our beloved community farm. Check out our blog post HERE.
Intern Spotlight (*MAKE INTO BLOG POST*)
Farm Production & Education Intern, Francisco Flores 

If you have ever volunteered on a Saturday or Tuesday morning, you have likely met Francisco. Perhaps you exchanged words while bunching kale, weeding amaranth from the squash bed, or enjoying his famous cashew cream sauce - which we have the pleasure of sampling over our weekly post-harvest tamales at Bounty Community Farm. Whatever the occasion, Francisco brings life, passion, and dedication to all he does at the Bounty, and we are so grateful for his work with us. We wrote up a blog post, complete with an interview with Francisco, which you can see on our website HERE.