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petaluma pilot program

As of late September 2020,

edible plant starts were successfully distributed to eager and appreciative clients at three Petaluma food pantries-- Salvation Army, Elim Lutheran, and McDowell Elementary.


Although the pilot program has now concluded, we highly encourage those who'd like to participate in the future as "Starters" to join our mailing list,  and those interested in funding future programs in Petaluma or in any other communities to email us directly at info@getstarted.garden. 

In June 2020, getstarted partnered with Petaluma Bounty, a Program of non-profit Petaluma People Services Center, whose 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.

Together, getstarted and Petaluma Bounty surveyed approximately 60 local families receiving food assistance to determine their interest in receiving edible plant starts, plants they would most prefer, and their space and ability to grow them in-ground. That feedback influenced the seed selections for this fall’s pilot program.

One of the goals of this partnership is increasing knowledge of, and interest in, year-round edible gardening, which is viable in this region. The program leverages local know-how to reinforce and expand the gardening skills of the community.

The Details:

  • There is no cost to participate, either as a home gardener “Starter” or recipient “Grower.”

  • Start Kits consist of a recycled plastic 6-pack flat (approx. 7" long x 5" wide x 3" deep) pre-filled with soil, a packet of three different types of seeds, and directions for growing and care. "Starters" can be experts or amateurs and will not need to plant the kits in-ground in a garden. 

  • getstarted is prepared to provide 300 kits, so please spread the word, and kindly RSVP your planned “Starter” participation, including name and number of requested kits to info@getstarted.garden by Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

  • Come pick up your complimentary Start Kit at Petaluma Bounty, located at 55 Shasta Avenue, Petaluma, CA on Saturday, August 8 from 2-5pm. For questions, call 707.775.3663.

  • Seeds must be planted as soon as possible! 

  • Return your Start Kits on Sunday, September 6, either when you come to Petaluma Bounty’s inaugural Fall Plant Sale (advance reservation necessary at petalumabounty.org) or afterwards, from 3:30-5pm.  

  • Established starts, along with educational and resource information, will be distributed free of charge to families receiving food assistance within a couple of weeks, for fall and winter growing season enjoyment!

For tips on how to grow your Start Kit, watch this tutorial from Petaluma Bounty Director Suzi Grady!

Here are tips on how to thin your vegetable starts-- spoiler alert: be ruthless! 

Read updates and see photos of the pilot program on our news page. 

getstarted would like to thank program partner Petaluma Bounty for its leadership, network, and outstanding record of promoting healthy food choices to its region’s families.

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 info@getstarted.garden.

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