Fight Crime with Gardens

About 15% of land in America’s cities sits abandoned or vacant. These spaces are associated with an increase of crime and stress to residents, especially in low-income neighborhoods.

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Ways to Manage Food Waste for a Sustainable Future

By Jackie Edwards

31%, or 133 billion pounds of the available food supply in the U.S. goes uneaten, the USDA reports. Most of this food waste then goes straight into landfills where it emits pollutants, including methane, a greenhouse gas even more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Needless to say, food waste is a real problem — but it doesn’t have to be! Adopting a sustainable approach to food waste is easy. Reduce your overall food waste by becoming more mindful about what you buy and consume. You can then dispose of the little waste you’re left with with greener alternatives to landfills (garbage disposal systems, composting, and recycling!).  

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Ramping up your Home Production Line

By Jackie Edwards

Getting a good crop of vegetables up and running takes care, passion and dedication. Whilst doable without the most in depth technical knowledge or experience, there’s no argument against it being a labor of love. What about when you want to take it to the next level, though, and start producing big crops that you can hand out to all your family or sell for a tidy profit? Pennsylvania is a big agriculture player, with the state making $1.2bn of agriculture sales every year, so you’d fit in well.

Even if your gardening operation is lacking in space, there are ways you can get going with to create a bigger crop.

 

 

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What's in Season?

What’s in season?
 
The cold winter can bring thoughts of barrenness and the frozen ground, but many of our farms are still growing delicious produce this season.

Some of the local foods that are available include apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, potatoes, and turnips. Locally produced meats, cheeses, breads, and pastured eggs are also available.


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Six Reasons to Eat a Local, Sustainable Diet

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What is a Foodshed?

A foodshed is the geographic region that produces food for a population. This takes into account the area where it is produced and where it is consumed, including the land it grows on, the route it travels, the markets it passes through, and the table it ends up on.

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A Local Foods E-Guide How-To

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Did you know that we at Buy Fresh Buy Local Bucks County have a robust E-guide of Bucks County's local foodshed for you to use? This online guide is an extensive listing of CSAs, Farms, Farm Markets, Vineyards, and other local food purveyors that Bucks County has to offer. All the information you need is right at your fingertips!

Wondering how to use this resource? Let's get started!

 

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Buy Fresh Buy Local Bucks County Launches E-Guide of Local Foods & New Partner Structure

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Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) Bucks County chapter launches a new partner structure and online resource of local foods this January. Buy Fresh Buy Local is a consumer education program of Bucks County Foodshed Alliance (BCFA).

Originally launched as part of FoodRoutes, BFBL Bucks County is now under the complete auspices of Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and provides Partner-Members with communication tools and marketing resources. BFBL connects consumers and producers to help energize and rebuild our local food system and promote sustainable agriculture.

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Help us Continue our Mission

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Dear Supporter,


2.pngWe are proud to have completed our 11th year as an organization and our first year as the umbrella organization for both the Wrightstown Farmers Market and Doylestown Farmers Market. We believe it should be everyone’s right to have access to and be able to feed themselves, their families and communities abundant locally-grown healthy food. With your continued support, Bucks County Foodshed Alliance is able to help make that belief a reality.  


That is why I have joined the board and team of volunteers at Bucks County Foodshed Alliance to work toward this important objectiveto build a resilient local food system through education and collaboration. It is why we present farm tours, films, speakers, and culinary demonstrations; why we oversee the county's beloved year-round Wrightstown Farmers Market; why we happily accepted responsibility of the Doylestown Farmers Market after a 40+ year history; why we maintain a lively and informative website at BucksFoodshed.org, including our E-Guide, and Bucks Buy Fresh Buy Local®.

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Double Pumpkin Pasta Sauce by Chef Kelly Unger

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From Chef Kelly Unger, The Rooster & The Carrot

I love using pumpkin in savory recipes as much as sweet. I created this Double Pumpkin Pasta Sauce recipe for LoRe Pasta and the Doylestown Farmers Market. I wanted to show you how versatile pumpkin can be and give you a delicious yet easy recipe using farmers market ingredients. Every great dish starts with the best ingredients and our local farmers and producers give us those ingredients. This recipe demonstrates that good food doesn't have to be complicated.

 

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