Our Mission

Our goal at BFBLGLV is to build the Greater Lehigh Valley local food economy.

Program Overview

BFBLGLV is working to build the Greater Lehigh Valley local food economy by educating consumers about the many benefits of choosing locally grown foods; promoting local food providers; improving fresh food access; facilitating local food purchases by wholesale buyers; providing research about our local food economy; and convening the Thriving Local Food System branch of the Food Policy Council.

 

BFBLGLV is a program of the Nurture Nature Center, a 501(c)3 organization. BFBL chapters across the nation are coordinated by the Farmers Market Coalition,  a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets across the United States so that they can serve as community assets while providing real income opportunities for farmers.

Find Local Foods

Wherever you are in the Greater Lehigh Valley, BFBLGLV makes it easy for you to find locally grown foods with an interactive Local Food Finder and a downloadable Local Foods Guide. We also offer a Farmers’ Market Map and a Lehigh Valley Harvest Calendar so you know when your favorite foods are in season and where to find them. Farm to Table Restaurant Rack Cards are available, and newsletters keep you abreast of what’s happening on a regular basis with our partners and the local food system.

Find Local Food

Improving Food Access

Use your SNAP/EBT card to purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables at a participating location, and BFBLGLV will match every dollar you spend, up to $20 per day.

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Farm to School

Our Farm-to-School programming aims to teach students about the diverse locally grown food options available through all four seasons. This aspect of our outreach encourages students to ask questions about where their food comes from, how it is grown, and who is growing it. BFBLGLV also facilitates the purchase of locally and regionally grown foods by Lehigh Valley school districts.

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Wholesale

BFBLGLV facilitates the purchase of locally grown foods by wholesale buyers. We connect chefs and other food service professionals to our farmers and food producers through consultations, our online Wholesale Food Guide, and our annual Local Grower–Local Buyer meet and greet event.

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Food Policy

BFBLGLV is deeply engaged in food policy work. It has conducted food forums within the communities it serves and undertaken research about the local food system. It has also developed an Assessment Report: The Lehigh Valley Local Food Economy, and convenes the Thriving Local Food System branch of the Food Policy Council.

Assessment Report

Project Leads

  • Allison Czapp
    Director

Advisory Board

  • Ben Davies
    Farmer
    Wild Fox Farms
  • Lisa Miskelly
    Farm Manager; Farmer
    LaFarm, Lafayette College; Good Work Farm
  • Trudy Siak
    Holistic Health Counselor
    Trudy Siak
  • Brian Moyer
    Educator
    Penn State Extension
  • Steven Hunsicker
    Farmer
    Twin Maple Farm
  • Liz Wagner
    Farmer
    Crooked Row Farm
  • Gayle Ganser
    Farmer/Owner
    Eagle Point Farm Market

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