Petaluma Bounty

February Newsletter

Volunteers at Cesar Chavez Day of Service 2017
Save the Date! Cesar Chavez Day of Service     
Saturday, March 31st

In honor of Cesar Chavez's life as a dedicated labor leader and civil rights activist, Bounty Farm joins other organizations in holding the annual Cesar Chavez Day of Service on March 31st.  We will also be holding a sharing circle in remembrance of Cesar Chavez and his work in social justice, workers' rights, and non-violence. Please bring any quotes, thoughts, or reflections that you would like to share as we honor his legacy. Visit our Facebook event here for more information and a list of activities. Groups of 5 or more, please RSVP! 

WHERE: Bounty Farm, 55 Shasta Ave, Petaluma

WHEN: Saturday, March 31st, 2018, 9am to 1pm
In This Issue
Abi Huff (Sonoma County Herb Association) leading an Herbal Workshop in January
Bounty Farm Community Workshop Series

Hugelkultur, Bee Keeping, Seed Starting, & more!

We are excited to announce our Saturday spring workshop schedule for March and April! Sharing our community's wisdom is crucial to the mission of Bounty Farm, and we are grateful for our educators who can help make this possible. All workshops are offered at sliding scale, with nobody turned away for lack of funds. 
Visit our website for details about each workshop and to sign up.  Have a skill you'd like to share or an idea for a class? Email!
MARCH 17th - Seed Starting
MARCH 24th - Build a Hugelkultur 
APRIL 14thBee Keeping Basics 
Sring Field Trip Reservations Open!
Bring your class to the farm for hands-on food literacy education

Now accepting field trip reservations for the spring season!  We at Petaluma Bounty believe that a tangible connection to the earth helps us deepen our connection to our land, food, and the people who grow it. Our experiential field trips are a crucial part of that guiding principle, inviting local schools to engage in hands-on activities around food literacy, inquiry-based learning, and exploration. Our  curriculum is based on systems-thinking and promotes ecological stewardship and curiosity for young learners.

For more information about our farm education programs, please visit our website. If you have questions or would like to book a visit, please get in touch with Kaleigh, Education & Engagement Coordinator, at
Farmer Field Notes
From Farm Manager, Katherine Golfinopoulous

Winter is the time of year for dreams, aspirations, and setting intentions, the time when anything is possible. What will the farm grow in the summer, how much money can we bring in at market, how organized, efficient, and streamlined can our practices become? In the winter, everything is possible!

Like all wild dreams, farm dreams must be tempered by experience, practicality, and reason, to best guarantee health and vigor through their period of growth and maturation. 
Read more HERE about Katherine's perspective on the organizing, planning, and dreaming that goes into winter on the farm!
Community Partner Spotlight
Center for Well-Being
At Petaluma Bounty, one of our key goals is to grow food in community, with community, for community. Our work in this domain speaks to the spirit of collaboration among multiple stakeholders as we join forces to build a healthy community food system. As a leader in relationship-building around food and community, Petaluma Bounty seeks to align food access efforts with local preventive health agencies to overcome diet-related diseases. This month, we would like to celebrate the Northern California Center for Well-Being, with its mission centered on holistic wellness for all, as one of our long-time community partners.

"The Center for Well-Being looks forward to many more years of partnership with Petaluma Bounty," Martin concluded, "And for building together a healthier community, with social justice and equal opportunities for us all." Read more about our work together on CalFresh Farmers' Market Tours in our blog post here.
Farmers' Market LIFE 
Petaluma Bounty's FM LIFE Program saw many successes in 2017
In 2017, our Famers' Market Life program was able to distribute $60,557 in CalFresh benefits and $47,392 in Market Match Incentives. This represents a total of $107,949 that was used to increase CalFresh customers' healthy food budgets, small scale farmers' customer base, and the economic impact on our local economy. 

We were also able to help host 20 Farmers' Market Tours in collaboration with the Northern California Center for Well-Being as a way to introduce new CalFresh users to the Farmers' Market, sample some fresh produce, and learn more about the ways that they can use their EBT benefits at the Farmers' Markets. We will be continuing these tours in 2018 with some exciting additions - stay tuned to hear more!

This program is truly a community effort and we are thankful for all of our partners who help make this amazing program a reality. We could not do it without you!

If you would like to be involved as a partner or have questions about Market Match, please contact Suzi Grady at   or Sarah at