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Pan’s Forest Awarded Small Farm Grant

May 29, 2024 | BCFA News, Support for Local Farmers | 0 comments

Bucks County Foodshed Alliance (BCFA) began offering Small Farm Grants to farmers in the Bucks County region in 2019. The grant aims to provide funds to local farmers to make capital and other improvements supporting the farms’ long term health. It prioritizes farms that employ sustainable agricultural practices. So far in 2024, BCFA has awarded five separate grants to local farmers so far in 2024, totaling nearly $10,000. One of the grants was awarded to Pan’s Forest.

Pan’s Forest, a small-scale vegetable farm in Quakertown, used its grant to purchase the materials to build a new hoop house needed for both early and late crop production. Farmer Daniel Passhaus said, “a funding opportunity like the BCFA Small Farm Grant Program makes a huge difference for us, especially when we were able to receive the grant before the growing season had even begun…. these unheated structures have been increasingly helpful on the farm in controlling erosion and soil compaction, extending the growing season, and protecting crops from pests and diseases. Thanks again to the BCFA for their commitment to the local farm scene.” 

BCFA was founded in 2006 to strengthen the Bucks County farming community and improve the availability of local, healthy, sustainably produced food. Since 2019, seventeen Small Farm Grants have been awarded to support farmers in the region. You can make a contribution to our Small Farm Grant here.

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