Susan’s understanding of the importance community involvement and the importance of our farmland and open space in Bucks County developed from an early age as the daughter of Robert Pierson of our farmland and open space and was a pioneer of land preservation in Bucks County. She began her involvement in the local food movement as a board member of the Buckingham Township Civic Association which started the Doylestown Farmers Market in 1975. Still living on the family farm in Buckingham, the experienced environmental and nature studies educator is active in sustainable agriculture and teaches natural food preservation methods.
In 2007, Susan collaborated to re-invent her family’s five-generation farm in Lower Bucks County. Today the nonprofit Snipes Farm and Education Center grows vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat using organic methods and provides educational experiences for people of all ages. As director of operations, she puts to good use her M.Ed. in Educational Processes & Organizational Development and 28 years of experience in horticulture, agriculture, community service, customer relations, marketing and leadership.
Passionate about local farms and expanding sustainably and locally grown food in the Delaware Valley, Robin co-founded the Foodshed Alliance, led it for the first five years and managed the Wrightstown Farmers Market for the first eight years. Very active in social justice and environmental causes, she recognizes food independence as critical to climate resilience. She champions food grown with minimal fossil fuel inputs, without harmful pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics or genetic engineering and in ways that support and build the healthy soils and ecosystems that nurture us all. She loves the way fresh, local food and markets bolster our health and build our community. She currently serves as the Wrightstown market’s liaison to the Board.
Lisa and her husband live in Doylestown. She considers herself a “professional volunteer.” Much of her time and energy are spent volunteering for the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance and as a board member and past president of the Doylestown Food Market, a community store committed to local sourcing that opened its doors in early 2014. Doing their part to contribute to a strong, sustainable regional food system, she and her husband, Steve, have transformed their small yard into a garden of fruit trees, berry bushes and seasonal herbs and vegetables.
Director, Chair of Doylestown Farmers Market Committee
Kelly is a farm to table chef and the creator/owner of The Rooster & The Carrot Cooking Studio where she teaches cooking classes. Kelly also created and manages the Nutrition Program for CI Haiti, a 501c3 charity focusing on community health education programs in Haiti. Kelly obtained her Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Moravian College. As part of being a Board member, Kelly is also the Committee Chair of the Doylestown Farmers Market.
A native New Yorker, Shari launched and operated Cool Beans at the Cafe d’Art in Montgomery AL from 2004-2014. The early entrant farm-to-table bistro became an urban oasis in the South and her flagship, promoting uniquely healthy regional cuisine in a state ranked #1 for obesity. Armed with critical thinking and communication skills honed in 25 years of consulting with JPMorgan Chase and as an entrepreneur, Shari has returned to the Northeast where she’s now focused on programs such as Bucks County Foodshed Alliance’s new chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local as part of an arsenal to address nationally out of control healthcare costs and America’s epidemic obesity. Shari eagerly addresses small groups on topics of health, nutrition and great cooking!
With decades of experience in land stewardship, integrated agriculture, experiential education and whole systems design, Sara has collaborated with farmers, growers, schools and builders to create integrated regenerative systems for sustainable human development. She has worked internationally for the greater part of her career but has always called Bucks County her home, having grown up on her grandparents’ small-scale farm in Hilltown. Her passion is driven by her love for delicious food and the beauty of the bio-diverse landscapes in which it is produced. She is the co-founder of GUILDA Design International.
Joni’s lifelong passion for food and health led her to a career as a Registered Dietitian. Joni works for the USDA to expand healthy food access to limited resource populations. It’s through this work that she began connecting with local producers and farmers’ markets. Their commitment to community and producing a quality product got her hooked on local food work. Joni has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition from University of Georgia. Outside of her regular job, Joni is a volunteer at the Yardley Farmers’ Market and loves to cook, practice yoga, and hanging with her rescue pup, Gordo.
After retiring from 30 years in business, Paul joined the board of the Doylestown Food Co-op in 2016. Paul and his wife, Debbie, were Co-op members and have been committed to supporting local sustainable agriculture for many years. When the Co-op decided to close its store in early 2018, Paul, Debbie and a partner decided to purchase the assets and keep the store running. They kept it running for 18 months but were unable to achieve sustainability. During that time, Paul took over the purchasing and formed relationships with several of the local farms from which he sourced produce, meats and dairy products for the store. Since closing the store, Paul has studied reversing climate change and regenerative agriculture’s role in that effort. He joined the board in 2022 to support the growth of regenerative agriculture in Bucks County.
Jade has been on the path of environmental responsibility since she was a kid. This has led her to being passionate about eating local, seasonal foods as much as possible. Jade has an Environmental Science B.S. from Penn State and loves all things science. She serves as director of the Aquetong Watershed Association and also works as an admin for a local farm. She loves to read, forage wild plants, crochet, cook vegetarian delights, and take forested adventures with her two young daughters.
Advisory Committee Member
Cathy Snyder is a local community activist, food justice advocate and the founder and executive director of Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, a nonprofit that she and her team have grown from one food pantry and one farm in the New Hope-Lambertville area to include more than 20 farms and a network of volunteers, sponsors and donors who make sure that produce from local farms, markets and other sources is distributed immediately to more than 35 hunger-relief agencies helping the most needy families across Bucks and Hunterdon counties and beyond.
Wrightstown Farmers Market Manager
Cheryl has been the Market Manager of the Wrightstown Farmers Market since 2014. The primary inspiration for Cheryl, and what she loves most about her job, has been helping the market grow into a vibrant outlet for promoting positive community and economic growth for local farmers and producers. One of Cheryl’s other passions is helping folks in the community who are food insecure or homebound. Cheryl has been the Volunteer Coordinator and a Board member of the Woodside Meals on Wheels program in Langhorne, PA since 2000. Cheryl received her BA from Franklin and Marshall College and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She later received a Culinary Arts and Pastry Certificate from Bucks County Community College and has since been teaching children’s summer cooking camps through Newtown Township Parks and Recreation.
Doylestown Farmers Market Manager
Alex and her family live in Perkasie, PA where she works an instructional facilitator at Upper Bucks Technical High School in the welding and vet science programs. She is an avid gardener, amateur wine and soap maker, and was a former Girl Scout Council cookie program manager, high school horticulture teacher as well as mushroom vendor at the Doylestown Farmers Market. Building upon those experiences, Alex is passionate about creating and facilitating places of connection for farmers and their customers. The New Mexico native holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from Penn State.