Financial Support for Farmers

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Awarding Small Grants to Small Farms to Make a BIG IMPACT!

Bucks County Foodshed Alliance introduced our Small Farm Grant Program in 2019. These grants help local sustainable farms with in the Bucks County foodshed expand their businesses enabling them to be more efficient and productive, such as:

  • Small capital improvements such as creating hoop houses and other season extending improvements, movable chicken houses, or critical equipment
  • Farm promotion such as website update, improve impact of social media, etc.
  • Registration fee for conferences such as the annual PASA conference (Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture)

We are thrilled to have awarded funds to local farms for specific projects which contributed directly to their increased sustainability:

2019Blooming Glen Farm – refrigeration expansion

2019Barefoot Botanicals – labeling machine

2019Plowshare Farms – pig watering & feeding system

2020Tybuk Maple Syrup Farm increase bottling capacity

2021Pan’s Forest – small machinery to improve cover crop regimen

Small Farm Grant Application Process

BCFA awards grants on a rolling basis according to available funds. We are limited to farms within our local Bucks County foodshed. We prioritize farms that use or are wanting to transition to sustainable agricultural practices.

Plowshare Farms

We – and our pigs – are loving our new grant-funded pig feeders and waterers. With our new pig feeders we are able to refill the pig feed every five or six days, saving us a lot of labor hours. Our pigs have access to free-choice feed at all times. It’s a win-win.

Tybuck Maple Syrup

We can’t begin to tell you how much easier the canning machine has made our life.  “Back in the day” Carol would pour 5 gallons of syrup into a roasting pan on the stove, then we would have to monitor it until it reached 180 degrees.  We would then use a Pyrex measuring glass and pour it into our syrup jugs.  Life is so much easier now!  We just load 12-13 gallons of syrup into the heating bin, wait about a half hour or so and BAM, we are canning syrup.  It’s so much cleaner and very little waste.  The ability to bottle more quicker has given us the confidence to pursue additional locations willing to sell our syrup- and additional farmers markets.   Our sales are going through the roof and we are loving how busy with are!  The canning machine has made this all possible.  Every time we use it, we comment how much better it is to use it compared to the old way.  Thank you again for assisting us so we could buy it!

Barefoot Bontanicals

The grant funds were used to help us purchase a labeling machine that will be of tremendous value to us as we scale up production with value-added products. This is allowing us to redirect countless labor hours.

Blooming Glen Farm

The grant money we have received will help us to convert a shipping container into a refrigeration unit, enabling us to expand our food storage capabilities & extend the season that we can offer local produce.

Pan’s Forest

Receiving a grant from the BCFA this past spring was great for our farm and helped us start the season on a positive note.  We were coming back from a number of rough years of stressful growing and looking to build our infrastructure. The BCFA grant allowed us to invest in our cover crop program, helping us to plan further ahead for our farm’s future, building up our soil and improving our crop rotation efficiency.  We were especially grateful to be given that financial boost early in the year, before the markets started up, during a time when money is especially tight.  Now, we’ve been able to seed and incorporate plantings of buckwheat and field peas and we’re looking forward to adding additional cover crops to the soil as the spring and summer crops are finishing up.  We highly recommend the BCFA small farm grant program to any of our fellow small farm owners.

Feed A Family, Support A Family Farm Program

BCFA is excited to share our program called Feed a Family Support a Family Farm! The program aims to expand access to healthy local produce by providing excess produce from local farmers at Doylestown and Wrightstown Farmers Market to limited resource members of the community. Along with the free produce, families will also receive a helpful nutrition and recipe guide specific to each week’s vegetables, as well as information about SNAP at our Markets.

The program kicks off in June, and will run for 16 weeks, through September.

Doylestown Farmers Market donations will be collected on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. The donations will be offered to the Woman’s Place and Grundy Hall. Wrightstown Farmers Market donations will be collected on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. The donations will be offered to Penndel Food Pantry.

You an also donate local goods purchased from the market or extra change. Donations accepted at the green market canopy during collection weeks!

Call for volunteers!

We need volunteers to purchase food from the farmers and drive food from the Farmers Markets to drop off locations.  
Please reach out to Paul if you would like to volunteer: paul.w@bcfa.wpsc.dev
If you are interested to donate to this program, please click here.

 

Recipe Handout Cards

Along with the produce, families will receive a handout about each veggie item. The handouts explain the best ways to select and store each veggie plus recipes and ideas. Here are a copy of the each of the handouts we have created:

Thank you to our many generous donors who make this all possible!

With your support, this program will continue to help local farms thrive and provide our community with fresh, delicious and nutritious food.

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