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Local, regional and national food news from the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance
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For more details, see the BCFA full calendar here.
Tues Apr 2 The Buzz on Social Media - CCEDC Office, 737 Constitution Drive, Exton, PA 19341 [8:30 - 10 am]

Tues Apr 2 Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production - Lehigh County Ag Center, 4184 Dorney Park Rd # 102, Allentown, PA 18104-5728 [3:30 - 8:30 pm]

Wed Apr 3 BCFA hosts ‘Growing Your Garden from Seed to Harvest’ - Newtown Twp Administration Bldg, 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940 [7 - 8:45 pm]

Thur Apr 4 Tractor Safety Workshop - Blooming Glen Farm, 98 Moyer Rd., Perkasie, PA 18944 [2 - 6 pm]

Sat Apr 6 Grow Your Health: Digging the Dirt & Craving Your Daily Greens - Kitchen Potager at Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd, Ottsville, PA [1 - 4 pm]

Tues Apr 9 Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production - Lehigh County Ag Center, 4184 Dorney Park Rd # 102, Allentown, PA 18104-5728 [3:30 - 8:30 pm]

Tues Apr 9 Food for Thought: Book club - Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S. Main Street, Doylestown, PA [6:30 - 8 pm]

Tues Apr 9 Sustainable Movie Series: Ingredients - Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Ave, Ambler, PA [7:30 - 10 pm]

Wed Apr 10 BCFA Board Meeting, TBD, [7 - 9 pm]

Thur Apr 11 Exploring the Small Farm Dream - Bucks County - Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA [6:15 - 9:15 pm]

Fri Apr 12 The Genetics of Unmanaged Honey Bee Population in the US - Delaware Valley College, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA 18901 [7 - 9 pm]

Sat Apr 13 Intermediate Level Beekeeping: Spring Management - Delaware Valley College, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA 18901 [9 am - 4 pm]
Sat Apr 13 Wrightstown Winter Farmers' Market - Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA [10 - 11 am]

Thur Apr 18 Exploring the Small Farm Dream - Bucks County - Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA [6:15 - 9:15 pm]

Sat Apr 20 Doylestown Farmers' Market - W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA 18901[7 am - 12 pm]
Sat Apr 20 Intermediate Level Beekeeping: Spring Management - Delaware Valley College, 700 E Butler Ave Doylestown, PA 18901 [9 am - 4 pm]
Sun Apr 21 Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Winter Market - Dvoor Farm, Route 12 Circle, Flemington, NJ [11 am - 1 pm]

Tues Apr 23 Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production - Lehigh County Ag Center, 4184 Dorney Park Rd # 102, Allentown, PA 18104-5728 [3:30 - 8:30 pm]

Thur Apr 25 Exploring the Small Farm Dream - Bucks County - Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA [6:15 - 9:15 pm]

Fri Apr 26 Ottsville Farmers' Market at Linden Hill Gardens - Linden Hill Gardens, 8230 Easton Rd., Ottsville, PA 18942 [4 - 8 pm]

Sat Apr 27 Doylestown Farmers' Market - W. State & Hamilton St., Doylestown, PA 18901[7 am - 12 pm]

Sat Apr 27 Earth Day at the Farm! - Snipes Farm, 890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville, PA [9 am - 12 pm]

Sat Apr 27 Wrightstown Winter Farmers' Market - Wrightstown Twp. Municipal Bldg (parking lot), 2203 2nd Street Pike, Wrightstown, PA [10 - 11 am]

Tues Apr 30 Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production - Lehigh County Ag Center, 4184 Dorney Park Rd # 102, Allentown, PA 18104-5728 [3:30 - 8:30 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.
Buy Fresh Buy Local
Keeping it in Bucks County’s backyard - Buy Fresh Buy Local

For those in the food business in Bucks County, the new theme is togetherness. That theme was repeated many times March 6 at the Newtown Township Community Room, as the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance hosted a program to introduce the Bucks County chapter of the national organization, Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL). Local farmers, restaurant owners, supermarket produce managers and others directly or tangentially involved in the food business attended the event to officially welcome BFBL to Bucks County. The idea of BFBL is to form a food consortium of sorts, hoping that a strong, mutual push aimed at getting people to support local food growers and restaurants will prop up the local farming economy. Read more in Bucks Local News.
Veteran Organic Farming Program
DelVal Starts Organic Farming Program for Veterans

In collaboration with the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pa., Delaware Valley College will offer a 36-credit certificate program specifically designed for veterans interested in organic farming. The one-year program will incorporate classroom courses on animal science, marketing, plant disease diagnosis and entomology during the spring and fall semesters on the DelVal campus. During the summer semester, students will take classes and get hands-on experience at Rodale. To learn more and to see videos about the program, go to DelVal's website here.

Chickens on pasture
Why locally farmed, pastured eggs are tops

Spring is here, with joyous signs of new life around Bucks County. Part of our annual Spring welcome is enjoying the classic symbol of new life – the egg. Candy eggs are one thing, but selecting eggs to dye for Easter and eat the rest of the year can be a conundrum. Cage-free, brown, white, free-range, organic or just plain cheap? Robin Hoy, from the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance, explains the differences.
BrightFarms
BrightFarms opens new greenhouse in Lower Makefield

BrightFarms Inc. officials showed off the company’s new, 56,000-square-foot greenhouse that’s up and running in a corner of the Lower Makefield-owned Patterson Farm. At one end are about 3,000 tomato plants of different varieties, said Chris Williams, who serves as the head farmer at the facility. Thousands of various types of lettuce, Asian greens and herbs are growing in the rest of the greenhouse. The company plans to sell produce grown in the greenhouse to the nearby McCaffrey’s Markets and local produce distributors. More from this story by phillyburbs.com's Joan Hellyer.
No More Food Fights
New Book: No More Food Fights

Can farmers, consumers reach across the table to find a common ground? Pink slime. Food labeling. Farm subsidies. Biotechnology. Animal welfare. These issues have created a climate between farmers and nonfarmers as divisive as politics and contentious as religion. No More Food Fights!, a new book just published, aims to instead bring farmers and foodies together for productive conversations that improve the national food system. Authored by food and farm advocate Michele Payn-Knoper, No More Food Fights! Growing a Productive Farm & Food Conversation is the first-ever book to speak to all sides of the food movement. Find out more here.
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods GMO Labeling To Be Mandatory By 2018

Whole Foods Markets has announced that by 2018, all products in U.S. and Canada stores must be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is the first national grocery store to set a deadline from GMO labeling. This announcement comes at a time where interest in GMO labeling is at an all-time high. A recent poll by The Huffington Post in partnership with YouGov found that a huge majority -- 82 percent -- of Americans want labels for GMO food. Read more in this article by The Huffington Post.

Read more in the NYTimes
Read commentary by the Organic Consumers Association here - The Whole Truth about Whole Foods Labeling Policy
Leach introduces GMO labeling bill
Leach introduces bill calling for labeling of genetically engineered foods in Pennsylvania

Consumers see labels for organic, trans fat-free, all-natural and vegetarian on products at the supermarket. Soon enough, shoppers wheeling their carts through the aisles may see foods labeled with genetically engineered ingredients. State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat from Montgomery County, this morning during a press conference in the state Capitol announced the introduction of a bill that would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods in Pennsylvania. If passed, the legislation would be the first of its kind in the United States. Read more here.
Gavel
PASA Blog on Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA)

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in January 2011 and the proposed rules were released exactly two years later in January of this year. Public comments on those rules are due on May 16. This is the biggest change in food safety regulation in 75 years and the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) needs your input. Read more at the PASA Blog on Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA).
Cattle feed lot
Antibiotics and the Meat We Eat

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration systematically monitor the meat and poultry sold in supermarkets around the country for the presence of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. These food products are bellwethers that tell us how bad the crisis of antibiotic resistance is getting. And they’re telling us it’s getting worse, writes former FDA commissioner David Kessler in this New York Times Op-Ed article. The problem is, the FDA has no idea which antibiotics and how much of them American livestock farmers are feeding their animals.
Milk Cartons
Health Alert- Hidden Artificial Sweeteners in Milk

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition with the FDA asking the FDA to alter the definition of "milk" to secretly include chemical sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose. Importantly, none of these additives need to be listed on the label. They will simply be swept under the definition of "milk," so that when a company lists "milk" on the label, it automatically includes aspartame or sucralose. Read more here.
Read the article in The Huffington Post.
Sign a petition about the filing.
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