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Mark your calendar

For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.
June 11, 2012 Home Food Preservation: Food Preservation Hands-On Workshop [6 - 9:30 pm]

June 12, 2012 Home Food Preservation: Food Preservation Hands-On Workshop [9 am - 12:30 pm]

June 13, 2012 New Grape Grower Workshop - Lehigh Valley [8 am - 5 pm]

June 13, 2012 BCFA Board Meeting [7 - 9 pm]

June 21, 2012 Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production - Allentown [9 am - 4 pm]

July 9, 2012 BCFA's Summer Farm Tours: Community Gardens & Garden of Reflection [6 - 8:30 pm]

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.
Dad's Hat Rye Whiskey
Rye Whiskey Comes Back Home

Two entrepreneurs have started distilling rye whiskey in Bristol, Pa, and it's due out on state store shelves this summer. Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey is being made with rye grown here in Pennsylvania – from Bucks and Lancaster Counties to be precise. To understand how exciting this is one needs to know a little bit of history. Whiskey in this country began in Pennsylvania, distilled by German immigrant farmers from leftover rye grain. At one point over six million gallons of rye whiskey were being produced in Pennsylvania. Most of that ended with Prohibition in 1920. Now, rye whiskey is returning to Pennsylvania right here in Bucks County. Read more here.
Dr. Jackie Ricotta
BCFA board member receives DelVal’s Distinguished Faculty Award
BCFA board and members are delighted to congratulate board member Dr. Jacqueline Ricotta, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, who was named Distinguished Faculty Member at Commencement on May 19. The award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, always makes time for students and has contributed significantly to the college. The winner is awarded a stipend for professional development. This year, Jackie and English & Liberal Arts Department Chair Dr. Jack Schmidt tied for the award. 
“Dr. Ricotta is a strong example of a faculty member who lives the college’s ‘science with practice’ philosophy, incorporating engaging hands-on activities into her classes,” states the college’s website.
Jackie, who lives in Newtown with her husband and two sons, has served on the BCFA board since 2008. She came to academia from a career in research and development and now teaches courses in Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Crop Science, Integrated Pest Management, Commercial Vegetable Production and Marketing of Horticultural Products.
In addition to serving as a member of the college’s 2009-2010 strategic planning committee, she is active in PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) and recently established a blog to talk about the hands-on activities she and her colleagues have undertaken with their students: Teaching Green. (
For more on Jackie’s activities and activism:

Bucks Local News

Del Val Orchard Video

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Farmers' Markets, Summer Farm Tours Begin

This week four more farmers' markets opened for the season in Bucks County, eight in the county total. This week too marked the beginning of the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance's summer farm evenings. The series of farm evenings - potluck followed by a tour - introduces consumers to the local producers that put the freshest foods onto our tables via direct sales, CSAs, farmers’ markets, farm stands and other venues. Delaware Valley College’s Kenneth and Helen Gemmill Campus on the 398-acre Five Spruce Farm in Jamison was the first tour this past June 6. Fifty-five people attended and much good food was consumed!

Three more evenings follow this summer and autumn, including a visit to the first grain mill to operate in Bucks County in decades. The evening’s pot luck meal runs from 6:00 to 7:00pm, with the tour beginning afterwards. Visitors are expected to bring a dish or beverages to share with others and their family’s own eating equipment and seating, and they are expected to carry out their own trash. Although the farm tours are free, donations to BCFA’s programs are much appreciated. This educational and entertaining event is appropriate for school-aged children who are under an adult’s careful supervision.

Mark your calendars for the following summer farm tours:

July 9 (2nd Monday – note change!)
Community Gardens and the Garden of Reflection
1950 Woodside Road, Newtown, PA 18940

August 1, Wednesday
Myerov Family Farm
Community Supported Agriculture Farm
306 Elephant Road
Perkasie, PA 18944

October 3, Wednesday
Castle Valley Mill
Refurbished historic grain mill now in operation
1730 Lower State Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

See you there!

Fresh veggies from your local farmers' market
Area Farmers' Markets in Full Swing

Here are the local farmers' markets in Bucks County, in order of the day of the week on which they take place:

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 6:30 pm, Langhorne Farmers' Market, Jesse Soby American Legion Post, 115 W. Richardson Ave., Langhorne, PA 19047

Wednesdays, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, The Farmers' Market @ Playwicki Farm, 2350 Bridgetown Pike, Feasterville, PA

Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:30 pm, BCFA's Lower Makefield Farmers' Market, Veterans Square Park, Edgewood and Heacock Rds, Lower Makefield, PA 19067

Fridays, 4:00 - 8:00 pm, Ottsville Farmers' Market, Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA 18942

Saturdays, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm, Doylestown Farmers' Market, W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA 18901

Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Plumsteadville Grange Farmers' Market, Plumsteadville Grange, Route 611 North, opposite Keller's Church Rd., Plumsteadville, PA

Saturdays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, BCFA's Wrightstown Farmers' Market, Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA

Saturdays, 9:00 - 1:00 pm, Perkasie Farmers' Market, 7th and Market Sts, Perkasie, PA

Poultry production
Researchers Find Banned Antibiotics in Feather Meal

New research raises questions about whether poultry producers might still be using an antibiotic that was banned in 2005 after being linked to increasing antibiotic resistance. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) and Arizona State University tested feather meal -- a byproduct made of ground-up poultry feathers commonly added to chicken, swine, cattle and fish feed -- and found a surprising variety of drug residues, including fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics critical for fighting infections in humans. The findings surprised scientists because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the class of drugs, which includes cipro, in poultry production in 2005 in response to rising fluoroquinolone resistance among Campylobacter bacteria, a leading cause of foodborne illness. Read more here in Food Safety News, here in the New York Times and here in Science Codex.
Poll: Government should do more to ensure access to fresh, local foods

A vast majority of Americans say they eat more whole grains and fresh produce than they did five years ago, but many believe the federal government needs to do more to ensure greater access to locally produced fresh food, according to a new survey. Eighty-four percent of adults surveyed said federal food programs should focus more on supporting smaller, local fruit and vegetable farmers and should provide incentives for development of new businesses that offer "locally produced healthy food," according to the poll, which was commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Read more here.

Fresh from Bucks County Farms
Farm Market Guide Available

Every year the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Bucks County publishes a comprehensive guide to farms producing food for consumers to purchase here in Bucks County. It's a wonderful resource, including many farmers' markets, farm stands and stores. You can find this guide, “Fresh from Bucks County Farms" Farm Market Directory 2012, online at the Extension's website here.
Bee hive
2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies

Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides are playing a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results. In the journal Science, two teams of researchers published studies suggesting that low levels of a common pesticide can have significant effects on bee colonies. One experiment, conducted by French researchers, indicates that the chemicals fog honeybee brains, making it harder for them to find their way home. The other study, by scientists in Britain, suggests that they keep bumblebees from supplying their hives with enough food to produce new queens.The authors of both studies contend that their results raise serious questions about the use of the pesticides, known as neonicotinoids. Read more here.
Is your food genetically engineered?

According to, 92% of Americans want the FDA to require labeling genetically engineered foods. Are you one of them? Learn more at this website and let the FDA know what you want.
Carole Morison and hens
Goodbye, Factory Farm: 'Food, Inc.' Chicken Farmer Goes Rogue

After telling her story in the documentary, "Food, Inc.," former Perdue contractor Carole Morison has started a humane, free-range farm. "Know where your food comes from and how it got to your table. Know your farmer!" says Morison, who showed audiences the filthy, overcrowded conditions of her factory-style farm in the film. Five years later, Carole and her husband have left the factory farming system in the dust and started a humane, free range farm. Read more here.
Farmer Veteran Coalition
Veterans Infuse New Life Into Agriculture

The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), based in Davis, California helps returning veterans become farmers at a time when the farmer workforce is dwindling rapidly. The FVC provides much needed assistance to returning vets who are interested in starting their own farms. They help by pairing vets with farmers as mentors and providing access to the unique resources available specifically for veterans. Their goal is to reduce risk for the new farmer veteran so that they have the best chance of success in their new venture in agriculture. The FVC conducts retreats, conferences, and workshops nationwide, and they have a job and internship placement program. Read more here.
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