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Bucks County Foodshed Alliance

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For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.

Thu Oct 24 Food Day Open House - Doylestown Food Co-op 29 W. State Street, Doylestown, PA [12 - 6 pm]

Sat Oct 26 (every Sat thru Thanksgiving) Doylestown Farmers' Market - W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA [7 am - 12 pm]
Sat Oct 26 (last market of the season!) Plumsteadville Grange Farm Market - Plumsteadville Grange, 5901 Easton Rd (Route 611 & Keller's Church Rd), Plumsteadville, PA [9 am - 12:30 pm]

Sat Oct 26 (every Sat thru Thanksgiving) Wrightstown Farmers' Market - Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA [9 am - 1 pm]
Mon Oct 28 Introduction to Urban and Suburban Goat Production (class) - Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 502 Dekalb Pike, North Wales, Pa [6 - 9 pm]
Tues Oct 29 (last market of the season!) Langhorne Farmers' Market - Jesse Soby American Legion Post, 115 W. Richardson Ave., Langhorne, PA [3:30 - 6:30 pm]

Wed Oct 30 (last market of the season!) The Farmers' Market @ Playwicki Farm - 2350 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, PA [3 - 6 pm]

Fri Nov 1 First Friday at Blue Moon Acres Market - 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington, NJ [4 - 7 pm]
Mon Nov 4 Introduction to Urban and Suburban Goat Production (class) - Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 502 Dekalb Pike, North Wales, Pa. [6 - 9 pm]

Wed Nov 6 Ferment Fest: Make Your Own Probiotics - Wrightstown Village Library, 727 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown, PA 18940 [7:30 - 8:45 pm]


Mon Nov 11 Introduction to Urban and Suburban Goat Production (class) - Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 502 Dekalb Pike, North Wales, Pa. [6 - 9 pm]

Tues Nov 12 Food Systems 101: Dairy Systems - Delaware Valley College, Mandell 114, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA [6 - 7:30 pm]


Wed Nov 13 BCFA Board Meeting - Location TBD [7 - 9 pm]
Tues Dec 3 Food Systems 101: Global Food Systems - Delaware Valley College, Mandell 114, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA [6 - 7:30 pm]
Thur Dec 5 The Farm Fresh Film Series: Food Stamped - County Theater, 20 E State St Doylestown, PA [7:30 - 9:30 pm]
For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.
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Consider making a donation to the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance.

Our mission is to foster and expand a local, sustainable food supply in Bucks County, and to connect producers and consumers. Right now we are also working on establishing a Buy Fresh Buy Local chapter in Bucks County.

Our goals are:
- Improve the variety, amount and availability of fresh, healthy and delicious locally grown food.
- Support local farmers’ ability to grow and market food.
- Be the “go-to” place for trusted information about locally produced food in Bucks County.
- Increase demand for local, sustainably grown food.

Click here to make an online donation. Thanks for your support.
Food Day
Tomorrow! National Food Day at the Doylestown Food Co-op

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Drop by the Doylestown Food Co-Op's soon-to-be store at 29 West Street in Doylestown to celebrate the day from 12 pm to 6 pm. For more details, go to the Co-Op's website here. To learn more about National Food Day at: www.foodday.org/
Fermenting Your Own Food
Ferment Fest: Make Your Own Probiotics

Give your fresh food “a little culture” and experience the benefits at “Ferment Fest: Make Your Own Probiotics” on Wednesday, November 6, from 7:00 till 8:45pm at the Wrightstown Village Library, to learn the basics of fermenting summer’s harvest into healthy, delicious and nutritious (think “probiotic”) foods. More information here.
Great Valley School District gardens
Mainline School District's "Farm to School" Program Grows

Great Valley School District in the western suburbs of Philadelphia is growing its Farm to School program and will be recognized by the state later this month for its efforts to bring students healthy lunch options.

The Farm to School program began in 2009 after the district decided to start the food service garden that would provide the district with a variety of produce for school lunches. The garden is at K.D. Markley Elementary School. The garden originally started with 14 beds but has grown dramatically this school year with the addition of eight beds, a high tunnel greenhouse and hydroponic beds. Read more about this great program here.
The Garden (video)
26 Food Films You Have to Watch

Films and short videos are a powerful way of increasing awareness of and interest in the food system. With equal parts technology and artistry, filmmakers can bring an audience to a vegetable garden in Uganda, a fast food workers’ rights protest in New York City, or an urban farm in Singapore.There are many incredible films educating audiences about changes being made — or that need to be made — in the food system.

Food Tank has selected 26 films — both long and short — to share from the importance of land rights for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to the insidious dominance of fast food in an urban community in California, each of these films can inform and inspire eaters all over the world. Click here to see the list.
Chipotle scarecrow
How to avoid letting Chipotle’s depressing new ad brainwash you

Grist.org's Holly Richmond "reviews" the animated short by restaurant chain, Chipotle.

"So Chipotle made an ad with Fiona Apple singing the Willy Wonka tune “Pure Imagination” while an animated scarecrow gets bummed out about his job at a factory farm...If for some reason you have three minutes to be depressed, and you watch it, remember that you can try growing your own food (if space allows). You can buy cage-free eggs and pesticide-free peppers from local peeps (if money allows). And no matter what, you can pressure lawmakers to reform our food system. Someday that victory will taste better than a $1.90 side of guacamole ever will." Watch the video here.

Milk House Farm Market
New Generation Brings New Ideas to Old Farm

Brenda Slack is from a long line of farmers, but in many ways, she’s the first. Slack is a modern pioneer—an independent woman growing vegetables and raising livestock without pesticides or herbicides, using organic seed and soil management techniques at her 30 acre farm in Upper Makefield. Read more about how Brenda got started and what she does here.
Kernza
Now This Is Natural Food

Mark Bittman of the New York Times speaks to Wes Jackson from The Land Institute, who predicts that a prairie-like system capable of providing food for humans would be viable within 100 years. Jackson "became determined to change the face of agriculture from being dependent upon annual monoculture (that is, planting a new crop of a single plant each year) to one that includes perennial polyculture, with fields containing varieties of mutually complementary species, planted once, harvested seasonally but remaining in place for years." Read more in the New York Times article here.
Samsara
SAMSARA Video Clip: Industrial Food Production

SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. Watch this particularly arresting clip of industrialized food production at: http://vimeo.com/barakasamsara/food-sequence
New Ingredients
New Ingredients Sprout From the Cracks

Chicory is best known to suburbanites as a destroyer of lawns and gardens. But when Linda Hezel spotted the enormous weed growing inside one of her large raised garden beds, she chose not to uproot it. Instead, she clipped off a leaf and popped it into her mouth.

Ms. Hezel, 61, runs Prairie Birthday Farm, a 15-acre, pesticide-free homestead about 20 miles from downtown Kansas City where she forages for — and even cultivates — nuisance species like bedstraw, chickweed, henbit, dandelion, wild bergamot, red clover, dead nettle, lambs-quarters, wood sorrel, purslane and plantain (the leafy variety, not the banana) and sells them to chefs and restaurants. Read more in this New York Times article here.
Wrightstown Farmers' Market
Wrightstown Farmers' Market is going social

Check it out! Now you can get updates about the Wrightstown Farmers' Market on all your favorite social media sites.

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