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; ffood Routes, The Nurture Nature Center, PASAacilitating 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 Commonwealth are coordinated by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), and nationally through FoodRoutes Network, LLC, a subsidiary of PASA.

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

  • Lynn Prior
    Director
  • Allison Czapp
    Outreach Coordinator

Advisory Board

  • Ben Davies
    Farmer
    Wild Fox Farms
  • Jessica Dokachev
    CDBG Coordinator
    DCED, Northampton County
  • Sarah Edwards
    Farm Manager
    LaFarm, Lafayette College
  • Susan Ellis Wild
    Attorney
    Gross McGinley
  • Kevin Hittinger
    Founder & CEO
    Hittinger Financial
  • Theresa Hogan
    Attorney
    Hogan Law
  • Megan McBride
    Market District Director
    Easton Farmers’ Market
  • Lisa Miskelly
    Farmer
    Good Work Farm
  • Erin Shea
    Co-owner
    Bolete Restaurant
  • Trudy Siak
    Holistic Health Counselor
    Trudy Siak
  • Andrea Tessier
    District Director
    Penn State Extension, Lehigh & Northampton Counties
  • Liz Wyatt
    Market District Manager
    Easton Farmers’ Market

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