Local, regional and national food news from the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance
Bucks County Foodshed Alliance

Mark your calendar

Jan 19, 2012 New Hope Winter Farmers' Market [3:30 - 5 pm]
Jan 19, 2012 ABC's of Beekeeping [7 - 9:30 pm] [every Thu through Feb 9]--FULL

Jan 21, 2012 Ottsville Winter Market [9 am - 12 pm] [every Sat through Feb 25]

Jan 21, 2012 TEDx Manhattan Challenge: Changing the Way We Eat [10 am - 3 pm]

Jan 23, 2012 Widener Univ. Philadelphia Speakers Series: Michael Pollan [ 8 - 10 pm]
Jan 25, 2012 Social Media and Mobile Technology for Ag Business Webinar  [10 - 11 am] 
Jan 28-29, 2012 NOFA-NJ 2012 Winter Conference
Feb 1-4, 2012 PASA Annual Farming for the Future Conference
Feb 1, 2012 BCFA Monthly Meeting: Extending Your Gardening Season [7:30 - 8:45 pm]
Feb 3, 2012  Hope of the Harvest: Hunger No Longer Conference [8 am - 12 pm]
Feb 11, 2012 Wrightstown Winter Farmers' Market [10 - 11 am]
For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.

Giving to food pantries

Interested in giving food to local pantries but not sure where to go? Click on this link to for a full listing of area pantries.

Help us help you

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.

Extending the seasons

Jenn McCracken, The Turnip TruckJoin us on Wednesday, February 1st, when Jenn McCracken of The Turnip Truck will be our featured speaker. Jenn will be speaking about season extension in Bucks County. With the increasing use of green houses and hoop houses, we are seeing more and more food produced locally later into the winter and earlier in the spring. Jenn will share her extensive experience in the development of organic kitchen gardens. This event will be free and open to all at the Doylestown Public Libary in the Pearl S. Buck Room, doors open at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm.

And what better way to appreciate season extension than to visit a few of Bucks County's winter farmers' markets? The Wrightstown Winter Mini-Market takes place on the second Saturday of each month (2/11, 3/10, 4/14) through April at 10 am - 11 am at the same location by the Wrightstown Municipal Building at 2203 2nd Street Pike in Wrightstown. The New Hope Winter Market happens on the third Thursday during the winter months (2/16, 3/15, 4/19) at its usual location in the parking lot of the New Hope-Solebury High School. And every Saturday through February, the Ottsville Winter Farmers' Market takes place at Linden Hill Gardens
, 8230 Easton Rd. in Ottsville.
See you soon!
Castle Valley Mill
A Bucks County mill is reborn. There are over four dozen roads and streets in Bucks County with the word “mill” in their names. But in fact there haven’t been any active grain mills in the county for decades. Until now. Read about Mark and Fran Fischer's renovation of a water powered mill in Doylestown Township and how you can get their stone ground whole wheat flour and corn meal. Click here to read more and see photos of the working flour mill.
The failure of the FDA: Why we're still using antibiotics on livestock. Instead of making good on its 1977 promise to limit the use of drugs as growth promoters in animals, the FDA is going in the other direction, says Frances Beinecke in The Atlantic. Over the past several weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been in the news for its stance on antibiotic use in farm animals. The latest developments reveal that the FDA is actively trying to avoid protecting Americans from a known health hazard that the agency itself acknowledges. Read more here.
Spring courses, workshops for new and aspiring farmers offered by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Whether you are dreaming of starting a small farm operation, in the first few years of production or revising your farming techniques, Penn State’s beginning farmer and rancher program offers tools and techniques to help your farm succeed – START FARMING! Join us this winter/spring for courses in: Exploring the Small Farm Dream (in Doylestown beginning April 11), Living on a few acres (in Doylestown beginning March 15), Grazing, Poultry, Potato production and Soils. Click here for more information and locations.
Maine small farmer & cow
Should a Maine farmer be able to sell raw milk on a small scale directly to consumers? “I got this cow so that we have milk,” Brown said while standing in the barn on his family’s 70-acre property. “If I have some extra, we do something with it.” It is those “extra” sales that have sparked Brown’s legal troubles with the Maine Department of Agriculture, which contends that Brown needs a license to sell raw milk. Brown retorts that calling a small farmer with a single dairy cow “a distributor” is preposterous. He also takes shelter under a local “food sovereignty” ordinance adopted earlier this year. Read more here.
GMO corn
How genetically modified foods could affect our health in unexpected ways. Researchers have found small pieces of rice ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of humans who eat rice. This genetic material will bind to receptors in human liver cells and influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood. Should the research survive scientific scrutiny, it would mean that we're eating not just vitamins, protein, and fuel, but gene regulators as well. Read more here.
BCFA news. The Bucks County Foodshed Alliance voted in a new slate of officers and directors for 2012 at the annual meeting on January 4th and the board meeting on January 11th. The Board is comprised of the following individuals: Jane Magne, President; Susan Snipes-Wells, Vice President; Susan Pierson, Secretary; Paul Thompson, Treasurer; and Directors Anne (Cookie) Biggs, Robin Hoy, Jackie Ricotta and Lisa White.

The documentary, "Food for Thought: Children’s Health in Bucks County," was also shown at the January 4th annual meeting at the Northampton Public Library, followed by discussion. The film highlights several projects in Bucks County that are bringing fresh, local food to schools, supporting community gardens, and teaching school children about food and farming.
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