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2023 Year In Review

Jan 1, 2024 | BCFA News | 0 comments

by Jade Greene

2023 was a busy year for BCFA! Read about all the amazing work we accomplished this year!

Fight Food Insecurity 

Our Feed A Family Support Family Farm program had another successful year! Every week at the end of the Doylestown and Wrightstown Farmers Markets, we would purchase extra produce from the farmers and then our volunteers would deliver them to local food pantries. 

We also support locals by matching SNAP payments used at our markets. For every $5 of SNAP spent, we match $2, stretching how far a dollar can go to buy local food for families in need.

Hosted Two Farmer Events

We love our local farmers! To thank them for all their hard work over the growing season, we hold a social Farmers Fest. This November, over 50 local farmers gathered at Durham Hill Farm to kick back and relax, chat about the season with their community, and enjoy some delicious food.

Each winter, we host Farmers’ Forum, a gathering for farmers to network and learn together. This February, at Plumsteadville Grange, over 30 farmers learned about soil biology from Lisa Blazure of Stroud Water Resource Center

Summer Farm Tours

One of our most popular events of the year are our summer farm tours, where farmers share their farms and knowledge with you! Plus we always boast a delicious potluck.

This year, our tours were hosted at Milk House Farm in July and First Fruits Farm in August. Over 120 people attended! Unfortunately, the tour at Shady Fox Farm could not occur due to the wildfire smoke and a chicken virus.

Hosted Educational Programs

We were so excited to bring back our educational programming this year! With topics varying from gardening tips to fermentation, our workshops had something for everyone! Additionally, we conducted a Food Gardens Bus Tour to highlight some spectacular local vegetable gardens. These wonderful community events were attended by over 170 people!

Awarded Small Farm Grants 

Have we mentioned we love farmers? Another way we support them is through our small farm grant program, awarding grants for capital improvements and registration to conferences. This year we helped fund Solrig Farm to purchase a freeze dryer and Hollow House Farms to install a drip line irrigation system!

Two Farmers Markets 

We are the parent organization to Doylestown and Wrightstown Farmers Markets! This year, over 60,000 community shoppers visited our markets to shop from more than 70 farms and local food-producing business vendors!

Maintained Website – Wealth of Information

Our website was consistently updated to show upcoming community events, adding new farms to the local food map, resources, writing new blog posts, and more!

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