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petaluma spring 2021 program
Due to overwhelming response from the community to participate, we have reached our capacity for Starter volunteers. Thank you to all those wishing to help!
We encourage you to join our mailing list so we can let you know how to be involved in the future.
Following a successful pilot last summer, getstarted is excited to once again partner with Petaluma Bounty to continue the program this spring in Petaluma, CA!
Based on requests gathered from surveying approximately 60 local families receiving food assistance— including their interest in receiving edible plant starts, preferred plants and growing conditions— we are expanding the array of edible plants to be seeded and tended by "Starters” this spring and then shared, grown and enjoyed by under resourced “Growers” throughout the summer. New this season, we will be creating two kits— one designed for growing in partial, the other for full sun.
In addition to new plants being offered, the spring/summer 2021 program will also include more educational materials to support everyone throughout the process. Helpful tips and more videos will be supplemented with on-going, personalized email and phone support from knowledgeable professionals, courtesy of a new collaboration with the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County.
Via collaboration, getstarted is able to leverage local know-how to reinforce and expand the gardening skills of the community, as well as increase knowledge of, and interest in, year-round edible gardening, which is viable in the region.
There is no cost to participate, either as a home gardener “Starter” or recipient “Grower.”
Each Start Kit consists of a recycled 6-cell pack (approx. 7" long x 5" wide x 3" deep) pre-filled with soil, three different types of seeds, and directions for growing and care. "Starters" can be amateurs or experts and will not need to plant the kits in-ground.
getstarted is prepared to provide 300 kits, so please spread the word, and kindly register your planned “Starter” participation by clicking the button below by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. NOTE: Registration is now closed. Thank you for your enthusiastic response!
If you are organizing for a group of 10 Starters or more (i.e. a school garden program), please email us directly at so that we can help you coordinate.
This spring, we will have two days for Starters to pick up and drop off Start Kits at Petaluma Bounty, located at 55 Shasta Avenue, Petaluma, CA. For questions, please call 707.775.3663.
Pick up reserved complimentary Start Kits on either Saturday or Sunday, April 3 or 4 from 2-5pm. Visit the News page for videos on starting, tending and thinning your kit, as well as other troubleshooting tips.
Drop off the resulting, sprouting Start Kits on either Saturday or Sunday, May 8 or 9 from 2-5pm.
Established starts, along with bi-lingual educational and resource information, will be distributed free of charge to families and individuals receiving food assistance within a couple of weeks, for summer growing season enjoyment!
Enjoy ongoing updates and see photos of the program on our news page.
getstarted continues to be grateful to program partner Petaluma Bounty for its leadership, network and outstanding record of promoting healthy food choices to its region’s families. A program of non-profit Petaluma People Services Center, its mission is healthy food for everyone through collaboration, education and promoting self-reliance. They seek to foster a thriving local food system while improving low income families’ access to sustainably grown, local food.
The University of California Master Gardener Program's mission is to provide unbiased, high quality, science-based information to non-commercial home gardeners, taking a proactive role in extending information for community improvement.
Thanks also to the following product donors:
future program communities
getstarted is designed to be scalable and applicable to other communities. we are currently in the process of bringing the program to other Bay Area neighborhoods. If you are an individual organizer, non-profit organization, or relevant business interested in seeing getstarted sprout up in your city, email us at .