Everyone’s a Kid Day At Sonoma Marin Fair! $10 Admission Until 5PM Wednesday June 24th

The fair opens at 1:00PM where they will hold the Opening Ceremonies at the Main Gate.

Here is the days schedule:

  • Wine-glasses-food-265x2651:30-5:30  North Bay Dairywomen, Cheese Sampling, Culinary Pavilion
  • 2:00  Great American Pig Races, Livestock Area
  • 2:00-4:00  Make and Go Projects for Kids, Community Building
  • 2:00-7:00  Quilt and Handwork Demo, Petaluma Quilt Guild, Herzog Hall
  • 2:00  Funnel Cake Express Eating Contest, Culinary Pavilion
  • 2:30  Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, Behrens Park
  • 2:45  ‘Only at the Fair!’ Safari Adventure Live Show, Beverly C. Wilson Hall
  • 3:00  Chef Demonstration, Angelo Sacerdote, Petaluma Pie Co., Culinary Pavilion
  • 3:30  Great American Pig Races, Livestock Area
  • 4:00  Milking Demonstration, Milk Barn
  • 4:00-6:00  Y100.9 Gamespot, Kiwanis Stage
  • Pacific-Animal-monkey-SM-DSC_7153-265x2654:30  Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, Behrens Park
  • 4:30  Funnel Cake Express Eating Contest, Culinary Pavilion
  • 4:45  ‘Only at the Fair!’ Safari Adventure Live Show, Beverly C. Wilson Hall
  • 5:30  Great American Pig Races, Livestock Area
  • 6:00  Ice Cream Sundae Contest, Culinary Pavilion
  • 6:00  Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, Behrens Park
  • 6:00  Decades, Kiwanis Stage
  • 7:30  Hypnotist Chris Mabrey, Kiwanis Stage
  • 7:30-9:00  Wine Tasting, Gardens
  • 7:30  Great American Pig Races, Livestock Area Show Ring
Tower of Power

8:00            Tower of Power, Petaluma Stage

  • 8:30  Decades, Kiwanis Stage
  • 9:30  Hypnotist Chris Mabrey, Kiwanis Stage
  • 10:00  Admission Gates, Close
  • 11:00  Fair Closes Until Tomorrow

LIVESTOCK SHOWS:

  • 10:00  Poultry Showmanship, Sheep Ring
  • 12:00  Dairy Challenge, Dairy Cattle Ring
  • 1:00  Youth Dog Care & Training Show, Petaluma Stage Lawn
  • 3:00  Vaulting, Dairy Cattle Show Ring

Sadie-Becky-w-child-265x265Also everyday at the the fair you will find

  • Sadie the Balloon Lady
  • Buck Trout’s Puppet Truck
  • Hilby – Skinny German Juggling Boy
  • Great American Petting Zoo
  • AgVentureland
  • Solar Express Train Rides
  • Safari Adventure Exotic Animals, Beverly C. Wilson Building

 

 Here is the full 2015 Sonoma Marin Schedule.
Schedule, photos and schedule are from the Sonoma-Marin Fair website.

The American Legion’s Historic Flagpole

Alan CooperA local history buff, Alan Cooper of Monkey Ranch, sent me an interesting story about the history of the American Flag that flew on the American Legion Hall, when it was located on 4th Street, east of “B” Street. The following blog includes many parts of his original message.

tumblr_nicndt0GtE1qll289o1_1280Alan and his wife, Sue, purchased the old Fred Zimmerman dairy ranch, which was located about four miles out on the “D” Street Extension, four years ago. “The Ranch was divided into smaller parcels, but we own the largest one (about 50 acres) with most of the buildings. We live in the old farmhouse, originally built in 1879. We love it here and call our slice of heaven Monkey Ranch.”

Petaluma American Legion Post 28 1953, Sonoma County Library Archives
Petaluma American Legion Post 28 1953, Sonoma County Library Archives

“My neighbor, Don Gilardi, knows that I’m a history buff and an amateur woodworker, so he gave me an old wooden flagpole. It had been sitting out in a field in his son, Donny’s, ranch, which is adjacent to ours, for a dozen or so years. Evidently, a friend of Don’s had been involved in the demolition of the old American Legion Hall on 4th Street (where the Bank of Marin’s parking lot is now). He snatched the treasure from destruction and gave it to Don for safe keeping. Don gave it to me, and I’m in the process of restoring it for Monkey Ranch. I’m contacting you to find out more about the flagpole’s life story.”

Flagpole Photo SAved Pole“The old pole is rough but beautiful. It’s made from a single, old growth Douglas Fir tree and is 30′ tall. It is square at the base and tapering round at the top, with an octagonal transition area. It has the original bronze hardware (rotating truck with halyard block and halyard cleat) manufactured in San Francisco, although the topmost bronze ball was lost.” Alan spent some time in the Hoppy Hopkins Research Library, located on the second floor of the Petaluma Historical Museum & Library, located on 4th and B Streets. He was able to find one photograph that claims to be of the original, 1907, Legion Hall. The flagpole in the photo isn’t as tall as the one that Alan currently has in his posession; however, he is in the process of restoring the old pole, fabricating new mounting hardware, and building a plinth in my front yard.

Also seen in Argus Courier Blog, The American Legion’s Historic Flagpole Wednesday, at 1:00 by

Alan is interested in finding any additional information, history, pictures, or memories, about the Legion Hall and its flagpole. He plans to affix an explanatory plaque to the pole so its purview will be known to all. Readers may contact Alan by telephone (650) 454-6903 or e-mail: [email protected]

This VIDEO Highlight Reel of 2015 Artisan Cheese Festival Is Worth Sharing

This is one of the best video’s we have seen covering the 2015 California Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma, California.

Here is the Artisan Cheese Fest Highlight Reel posted on YouTube by Victoria Parr the marketing and branding champion at Petaluma Creamery.

Marin French Cheese Company 150-Year Anniversary Celebration, Photo By Ashley Collingwood
Marin French Cheese Company 150-Year Anniversary Celebration, Photo By Ashley Collingwood

Did you also miss the 150th anniversary celebration for Marin French Cheese this month.  We posted and created a video highlighting that event – see our recent post VIDEO: Say Cheese: Marin French Cheese Celebrates 150 Years.

 

 

 

CLICK PAGE 2 BELOW TO SEE A VIDEO POSTED JUST A FEW DAYS AGO BY TasteTV COVERING THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS GREAT EVENT

What’s Going On In #Petaluma: June 19th through June 26th

15_Plough-Horse21“Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist” Gala Preview Reception – Fri., June 19, 7pm: Works on paper by the artist and his circle. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St.

Falstaff2Cinnabar Theater presents the opera “Falstaff” – runs through 28: Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North. For information and show schedules, call 763-8920.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour – Sat. 10:30am: Costumed docents stroll you through historic downtown. Donations welcome. Free. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St. 778-4398.

Matteri-Postage-Presentation“United States Navy Radioman – A Good Fist = Good at Morse Code” – Sat., June 20, 2pm: A video presentation with annotated stamps and images of varying war eras. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St., 778-4398.

Saturday Farmer’s Market in Walnut Park – Sat., 2-5:30pm: Over 60 booths selling farm-fresh produce and local products. Live entertainment & activities in Walnut Park. 415-999-5635.

Let's Get Petaluma Adobe PlasteredEast-Side Farmers’ MarketTuesdays, 10am-1:30pm: Year-round, rain or shine! Petaluma Community Center Parking Lot, 320 N. McDowell Blvd.  415-999-5635.

“Let’s Get the Adobe Plastered” – Tues. June 23, 6pm: A fundraiser for Adobe State Historic Park to replaster the Adobe. Held at Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd.

Sadie-Becky-w-child-265x265Sonoma-Marin Fair – June 24-28: Featuring animal exhibits, games, carnival rides, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, concerts (Tower of Power, Beach Boys, Tanya Tucker and more) and other events. Click here for the full event schedule.

Wednesday Evening Farmers Market – Wed., 4:30-8pm:  Two blocks of vendors, music & fun in Theatre District.

 

 

 

 

CLICK ON PAGE 2 TO SEE UP COMING SUMMER EVENTS, SPECIAL EXHIBITS AND LIVE MUSIC YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS

VIDEO: Say Cheese! Marin French Cheese Celebrates 150 Years

Marin French Cheese Company 150-Year Anniversary Celebration, Photo By Ashley Collingwood
Marin French Cheese Company 150-Year Anniversary Celebration, Photo By Ashley Collingwood

This year Marin French Cheese, also known as the Cheese Factory, is celebrating their 150th year anniversary. As the longest continually operating cheese company in the United States, they have an extensive history with the community and the land.

To commemorate this long history, Marin French Cheese hosted a 150th Anniversary Celebration at the farm on June 14 to thank the community of friends, neighbors, employees, and customers that have supported them throughout the years. With many vendors’ products to sample, music from

Dixie Giants, Photo By Ashley Collingwood
Dixie Giants, Photo By Ashley Collingwood

The Dixie Giants, and free food from Fabrique Delices, there was a strong sense of community at the event. Families gathered around picnic tables and sat on blankets to eat in the sun, others sat on bales of hay to listen to people’s stories and memories of Marin French Cheese.

Attendees heard the compelling history of the Cheese Factory beginning in 1865 with the original founder, Jefferson Thompson, who began selling breakfast cheeses as a protein replacement for eggs during an egg shortage.

Marin French Cheese Celebration, Photo By Ashley Collingwood
Marin French Cheese Celebration, Photo By Ashley Collingwood

Jefferson Thompson’s great-grandchildren, Marilyn and Bob Thompson spoke about their memories of the Cheese Factory during the storytelling time, hosted by local author and historian Dewey Livingston. Marilyn recalls, “Bob did a lot of work out here—driving tractors and keeping the grounds in order—and I would come and pack cheese in the summers and that was my only job here.”

Author Frances Rivetti Fog Valley Crush, Photo By Ashley Collingwood
Author Frances Rivetti Fog Valley Crush, Photo By Ashley Collingwood

While the Thompsons no longer own Marin French Cheese, they are still connected to the community surrounding the factory. “People who work here became friends of the family and I’m going fishing with some of them,” said Bob Thompson, “The surrounding community became family as well because they’d show up and buy the cheese … and we’re very much appreciative of that.

In addition to hearing stories from the community, attendees were able to witness a cheese making demonstration, learn about beekeeping, talk with Frances Rivetti, author of Fog Valley Crush, and go on a tour of the farm.

CLICK ON PAGE 2 BELOW TO SEE A VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING THE DAY AND LIST OF VENDORS WHO ATTENDED THIS CELEBRATION

BECOME A HOST FAMILY THROUGH SAINT VINCENT HIGH SCHOOL AND GPHOMESTAY

#Petaluma, California: Are you interested in meeting people from other countries? Do you want to make a lasting impact on the life of an international student and make a friend for life? Do you have a spare bedroom and live in the Petaluma area? Then you may want to consider hosting an international student with GPhomestay’s program this Fall!

Through our partnership with Saint Vincent High School, GPhomestay is offering this incredible opportunity to nurturing, qualified families in the surrounding area. We are currently looking for host families for Fall 2015.

To offset the costs of hosting a student, families will be provided with a $1300 monthly stipend. Families also have access to ongoing local support. Students arrive with their own insurance and spending money.

We also offer a $300 referral bonus for any approved host family that lists your name as their source of referral on their application!

You can begin the process of becoming a host by completing our online inquiry form at www.gphomestay.com.  For more information, please contact us at [email protected] or (781) 996-0429.

Gphomestay is a leader in the educational service industry and specializes in bringing support to international student programs at U.S. high schools across the country. Our trained staff is committed to the success of each student by arranging and overseeing safe residential accommodations that enhance the students’ overall American experiences. Please visit our website at www.gphomestay.com.  

Providing kids security through blankets: Project Linus

Project LinusProject Linus LogoIn a classroom filled with first graders stood the principal, teachers, and Petaluman Jenny Giacomini, a volunteer with Project Linus. Recently a family, both parents and two young children, had been killed instantly in a needless car accident by a driver who ran a red light. These were the classmates of one of the kids, and the students were trying to come to terms with the fact that their friend was gone, and that a whole family could disappear without warning. Project Linus, a nonprofit group that provides blankets to children suffering from illness or trauma, was on hand to help in its unique way.

The principal addressed the children, asking who had heard of Charlie Brown and his friend Linus. Many hands shot up. “And what does Linus always have with him?” she asked the students, and they all chorused, “A blanket!”

Project Linus 1She said, “This lady is here to give a blanket to each of you, because a blanket makes you feel safe and warm and loved.” The kids were so excited – one boy said, “I don’t have a blanket!!” As the blankets were handed out, the teachers looking on got tears in their eyes. Upon leaving the class, a boy was seen tucking his blanket in around his neck and using it as a cape. “Good use for a blanket,” someone noted. The principal said that that boy was autistic, and she didn’t think he would accept a blanket, but he did and he was loving it.

Project Linus 6Bringing blankets to kids in need of comfort has been Jenny Giacomini’s focus for the past decade. She is the coordinator of the local chapter of Project Linus, which is a national nonprofit organization. Her chapter has handed out over 10,000 blankets since she started it in 2004.The majority of her blankets are distributed locally, throughout Sonoma County and into Marin, and occasionally farther afield when the need arises. In the event of a nationwide or worldwide catastrophe, PL headquarters will put out a call for blankets, and each chapter sends what it can; thousands of blankets can be gathered in a matter of days.

“I was looking through a woman’s magazine and saw an article on making blankets for Project Linus  and thought, ‘I can do that.’  When I went to the PL website, I saw there wasn’t a chapter around here, so I decided to try to start one,” explained Jenny. She went on to say that starting a chapter was completely outside of her comfort zone, but having recently lost her father, she was at a point in her life where she wanted to find something fulfilling and meaningful to do.

Project Linus 2Those who contribute blankets to Project Linus are dubbed “blanketeers,” and they donate their time and materials to making blankets. In Jenny’s chapter, members work on their own and drop off finished blankets at various spots around the county. Some members quilt, some knit or crochet, and some make no-sew fleece blankets, which are a popular project for youth groups learning about community service. Members of the local chapter have taken to meeting monthly at Beverly’s in Rohnert Park for blanket show-and-tell and to plan for fundraising events for the chapter, which include an annual holiday craft bazaar selling homemade crafted items and a summer yard sale of craft supplies where members can lighten their stashes and people can feed their creativity.

Project Linus is always happy to answer questions for people who would like to make blankets, and would especially like to hear from people who know of places that might like to receive blankets.

Project Linus 5“Our biggest challenge is making contact with people who know where the need is for our blankets,” said Jenny. When Jenny sees an article in the paper about a family suffering from tragedy, she tries to make contact to get blankets to the children affected. The chapter routinely gives blankets to hospitals, health centers, agencies that work with low-income families, and practices that provide support for children. The Petaluma police department also carries blankets that can be given to children with whom the officers come into contact.  Such entities, however, tend to see frequent personnel changes, and when Project Linus loses a contact person, it often loses an outlet for blankets.

“I know these people have more important things to do than let us know they need blankets, but it can be disheartening to be unable to make contact to make deliveries,” Jenny explained. She welcomes input from the public about any particular needs for blankets, whether on an ongoing or individual basis.

Project Linus 4Jenny also welcomes anyone who has any craft-related items they might want to donate to the yard sale this summer. The proceeds benefit the local chapter only and cover such expenses as postage and laundry soap. Donations of yarn and fabric are always received enthusiastically by the blanketeers as well.

For more information about Project Linus and to get ahold of Jenny, visit http://nbprojectlinus.weebly.com/contactdrop-off.html

Did You Know That #Petaluma Had A College?

As I continue to wade through the historic “golden nuggets” (documents, photographs, files) stored in the Research Library on the second floor of the Petaluma Historical Museum & Library, our local “Treasure Chest,” I discovered that there was a college located in Petaluma for four years. (No photograph available.)

On August 15th, 1866, Preparatory Department of the Petaluma College opened. Professor Mark Bailey was placed in charge. The school was open to all regardless of religious preferences, although it was under the supervision of the Baptist denomination. The program of instruction included Science, Literature, and the Arts; the same as best colleges of the United States. Students who wanted to become lawyers, doctors, or ministers, found introductory courses to those professions available at Petaluma College.

philip-sweed-school-1927-owl-dscf1981rawcroppedawebPupils were allowed to enter at any time, and each term ended with examinations. Tuition fees ranged from $3-$4/month for academic courses, and $6/month for classical and scientific classes.  Vocal music was free. A $30/month fee was charged for tuition, board, and washing, and was payable in advance; except for those students who were boarding in the Institution. They were quarterly. Women seeking a  residence were allowed to board in the College building, while men could find accommodations with private families at reasonable prices. Books and stationary was purchased in Petaluma at San Francisco prices.

The following information about Petaluma, copied from the First Annual Catalog of the Petaluma College, 1867 (p.16), states: “Petaluma is located in one of the most beautiful, picturesque, and healthful regions of the state, fifty miles by water from San Francisco. The fare by steamboat is only one dollar from San Francisco. It is accessible by steamboat and stage from all parts of the state. The city is thrifty, and rapidly growing; churches of all denominations are prosperous; and few places afford equal attractions to parents who desire to settle where they have good social, religious, and educational advantages for their children; and there are none where their children will be under better influences while pursuing their studies away from home.”

P.S. CUAS, or the California University for Advanced Studies, was established in 1984 and authorized to offer grant management degrees up to the doctorate level. It was originally located in Novato, but moved to Petaluma in 1987, where is was housed in the old Philip Sweed Elementary School on Keller Street. (Photo above.) It was reported to have an enrollment of 600 students and a faculty of 70 members. Tuition fees for the various degrees ranged from 2,400 to $3,000.

Unfortunately, after two and one-half years as a correspondence school, it was forced to shut down operation, leaving unpaid bills and tuition reimbursements. According to CUAS business manager, George S. Ryan, “the state forced the school’s closure on May 1, when officials at the Private Post-Secondary Education Division (PPSED) pulled his license to operate. The Department of Education bankrupted the school.”

This blog was originally posted on Petaluma360 on June 3, 2015.

What’s Happening This Week in #Petaluma June 12th through June 19th

Falstaff2Cinnabar Theater presents the opera “Falstaff” – June 12 through 28: Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North. For information and show schedules, call 763-8920.

 

 

Prendergast_SlideMeet & Greet with Author John Prendergast – Fri. June 12, 7pm: Author of “In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of your Body and Trust Yourself.” Free. Copperfield’s Books, 140 Kentucky St. 762-0563.

 

 

PofY - CemeteryHistoric Downtown Walking Tour – Sat. 10:30am: Costumed docents stroll you through downtown. Donations welcome. Free. Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St. 778-4398.

 

 

Petaluma East Side Farmers marketSaturday Farmer’s Market in Walnut Park – Sat., 2-5:30pm: Over 60 booths selling farm-fresh produce and local products. Live entertainment & activities.  Walnut Park. 415-999-5635.

Second Saturday Art Walk – Sat., June 13, 5-8pm: Featuring galleries and arts organizations representing dozens of artists and artisans in historic downtown and midtown.

Marin French Cheese SignPicnic Party at the Cheese Factory – Sun., June 14, 11am-4pm: The Marin French Cheese Factory celebrates 150 years. Free. 7510 Pt. Reyes/Petaluma Road. 762-6001.

Music For MuttsMusic for Mutts Fundraiser – Sun., June 14, 1-4pm: Foxes in the Hen House will perform at Lily’s Legacy. $25. For info, call 778-7010 or visit www.lilyslegacy.org

Petaluma Live! Open Mic – Sun., June 14, 6-9pm: Acoustic music, poetry & other types of readings are encouraged to participate. Petaluma United Methodist Church, 410 D St. Free. For info, email [email protected]

12_Mlle-Dembrowska-webop-275x412East-Side Farmers’ MarketTuesdays, 10am-1:30pm: Year-round, rain or shine! Petaluma Community Center Parking Lot, 320 N. McDowell Blvd.  415-999-5635.

Wednesday Evening Farmers Market – Wed., 4:30-8pm:  Two blocks of vendors, music & fun in Theatre District.

“Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist” Gala Preview Event – Fri., June 14, 5-8pm: Works on paper by the artist and his circle. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St.

Everybody Eats: The Petaluma Bounty Farm & Farmers Market Benefits

Bounty Farm Manager Lennie Larkin.  Photo courtesy of Petaluma Bounty
Bounty Farm Manager Lennie Larkin. Photo courtesy of Petaluma Bounty

I finally met Lennie Larkin at the Petaluma Farmers Market in Walnut Park last Saturday.

She was tending to the Petaluma Bounty Farm’s spot at the west side market that runs from 2 to 5 pm at D Street and Petaluma Boulevard North.

Now that June has arrived and the Theater District Farmer’s Market has begun on Wednesday evenings (4:30 – 8 pm), Petaluma has three farmers markets open to the public through August, including its year-round east side market at Lucchesi Park on Tuesdays (10 am – 1:30 pm).

Daughter Emma and I bought some beautiful red leaf lettuce Lennie had grown at the farm and talked with her about what they’ll be harvesting next this season, before we moved on to Revolution Bread and picked up a loaf of their fantastic Rustic Italian.

b-side farm logoLennie’s in her third year now as Petaluma Bounty’s farmer, and like most small-scale farmers it’s a job that requires a diverse set of skills and talents. She’s a fundraiser, tour guide, staff manager, educator, supervisor, coordinator, vendor and more, all while planning crop rotations and tending soils. Oh, and she’s got her own busy little flower farm operation as well – B-Side Farm.

I’d intended to say hi to Lennie for quite some time, and express my gratitude for her stewardship of Petaluma’s remarkable little urban agricultural and community institution. It’s been such a joy to see the farm evolve and grow under her supervision, its diminutive, productive 2 ½ acres feeding our community’s bellies while stimulating minds and nourishing souls. This will be the farm’s eighth harvest, with the organization soon entering its tenth anniversary year and now operating under the umbrella of the Petaluma People Services Center.

Petaluma Bounty Farm sign.  Photo by Christopher Fisher.On what was once some fairly ill-treated, barren land, generously donated by the Stonitsch family, the Petaluma Bounty crew and hundreds of friends and volunteers continue to grow nutritious crops and community with each passing season, while practicing regenerative agricultural methods that feed the farm’s soil and help ensure productivity in the future.

Tomato tasting at the Petaluma Bounty Farm.  Photo courtesy of Petaluma Bounty.
Tomato tasting at the Petaluma Bounty Farm. Photo courtesy of Petaluma Bounty.

She was out of strawberries by the time we arrived, but Lennie was excited about everything the farm would be harvesting and selling in the weeks ahead: more strawberries, blueberries, many varieties of lettuce, kale, Asian greens and chard, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, onions, garlic, beets, herbs, and lots of flowers.

That little farmer to consumer conversation that happened between Lennie, Emma and I is one of the great and under-appreciated benefits of farmers markets. We all get to know each other a little better. I get to know who grew the food I’m buying and in what manner, and an assortment of additional social and economic benefits flow, including those which come from purchasing directly from local growers, who in turn tend to spend locally – a continuing cycle of mutual benefit.

Next time we’ll look at some of the programs the group pursues to improve access to nutritious, locally-grown food and to reduce food waste.

In the meantime, feast on some illuminating statistics:

Bounty By the Numbers

  • 11,280 – Pounds of sustainable grown fruits and vegetables harvested at the Petaluma Bounty Farm in 2014.
  • 480 – Number of Bounty Boxes of fresh produce provided free of cost to low-income P.L.A.Y. (Parents Love Active Youth) participants in 2014.
  • 1,755 – Number of farmers markets in the U.S. when the USDA first counted them in 1994
  • 8,392 – Number of farmers markets in the U.S. on June 1, 2015 according to the USDA
  • Over 40% of organic farming operations sell directly to consumers.
  • 27 – number of community groups engaged in service-learning at the Petaluma Bounty Farm in 2014.
  • 64% of farmers market vendors reported that they sell more produce, make more money, and have more customers because of incentives.
  • Over $5.3 million – Amount of CalFresh funds which flow into Sonoma County each month.
  • $9.6 million – Amount of economic activity generated by CalFresh in Sonoma County every month. Every federal dollar invested in SNAP generates $1.79 in economic activity.
  • Less than 1/10th of 1% – Amount of that $5.3 million which was spent at farmer’s markets, farm stands and community-supported agriculture (csa) programs in 2014.
  • 297% – Increase in Petaluma Bounty produce sales to low income and wholesale customers from 2013 to 2014.
  • 75% of SNAP recipients reported they had increased their purchase of produce because of incentives.
  • 1,600 – Number of vegetable starts sold or re-homed during Petaluma Bounty’s annual Plant Sale.
  • 3,562 – Volunteer hours donated to Petaluma Bounty in 2014.
  • Over 72.5 tons – Amount of fresh food harvested, recovered, and redistributed by the Petaluma Bounty Hunters gleaning program in 2014 to local non-profit agencies serving people in need.

pb-top-4photo-bannerPetaluma Bounty and the Bounty Farm need the community’s continuing support to thrive. Please donate time, money, or materials if you can. Spread the word. There is much more information to be found at www.PetalumaBounty.org. Help Bounty make real its organizational motto – Healthy Food for Everyone. Help grow a local food system in which everyone eats, in which everyone has access to healthy, locally-grown food.