Help Keep our Bucks County Farmers Farming

Dear Supporter,

Every year Bucks County Foodshed Alliance (BCFA) sends an annual appeal to you, our supporters, asking for funding for our education, connection, and collaboration about our local food systems.  This year our annual appeal is focused primarily on giving back to our small farmers. Our goal is to raise $15,000 by the end of 2018.

Our Bucks County farmers need our help. These farmers provide our community with direct access to fresh, safe, and nutrient dense food. 

For many, 2018 has been one of the most challenging farm seasons they remember. Excessive rain (6th highest total in more than 100 years reported in August) has led to county-wide crop losses, threatening many of our small farms’ sustainability. In response, BCFA is instituting a Small Farm Grant Program that will provide small grants for sustainable projects to our small family farms. With our grant program and your help, BCFA will help our local growers to become and remain sustainable, enabling them to provide for their families and to actively participate in the regeneration of our soil and crops for future generations. Although Bucks County has been losing farmland and farms for decades, with our community’s support new farms have begun to sprout up. BCFA wants to partner with our local farmers to help preserve remaining land, help them keep farming and nurture new farmers. Together we make a big impact toward this goal.

YOU can help sustain and grow our local farms! The generosity of our community will determine how many grants we can give to meet the needs of our local farmers for projects such as:

  • Enabling participation in the annual PASA (Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture) conference, annual NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) or annual ACRES conferences ($400 - $600 with lodging). These provide crucial professional growth and educational opportunities.
  • Small capital improvements, such as creating hoop houses or other season extending improvements, movable chicken houses or critical infrastructure equipment such as refrigeration, irrigation, etc.
  • Enhancing farm marketing, including Improving online or community outreach.
  • Assistance to a university student studying Organic Farming or Sustainable Agriculture with the intent to start a small farm in our community.

BCFA will begin taking grant applications in December 2018. We invite your collaboration. Help us lend a helping hand to the people who put food on our table now so they can continue to do so in the future. Get involved here. Make your tax-deductible donation online here or send a check to P.O. Box 401 Doylestown, PA 18901.

Please let us know if you would like your donation recognized on our website and Facebook page and made known to grant recipients.

Sincerely,



 
Shari K. Rossmann
President, Board of Directors
Bucks County Foodshed Alliance


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