Who knew that a fortuitous meeting with PA State Representative Marguerite Quinn at the Doylestown Library last month would lead to a group of Co-Op members “gettin’ down and dirty”?
Members of Doylestown Food Co-Op, along with volunteers from the BCOC (Bucks County Opportunity Council) have gotten down on our knees to weed, prune and harvest the incredible, bountiful allotment at Del Val College for Hope of the Harvest. This collaboration between BCOC, Del Val and Philabundance generated and delivered to Bucks County food pantries over 15,000 pounds of produce in its inaugural growing season. While it’s too early to know how many pounds of produce will be culled from the plot this year, we know that the pantries have already received incredibly fresh curly kale, Swiss chard and collard greens. Talk about nutrient rich, delicious, healthy eating!!!
Members of the Co-Op already know how important it is to eat REAL food, fresh food, local food. We know that the best food to put in your body is WHOLE food (single ingredient, un-processed food). So, how could we say anything but “yes” when Representative Quinn asked if the Food Co-Op could help grow and package fresh produce to be distributed to Bucks County food pantries.
One of our Co-Op couples, when asked to write about the experience of volunteering said: “What a wonderful experience we have both had out in the rolling fields, in the spring sunshine, with the birds chirping and the friendly conversations of the other volunteers. The Del Val college farm is a beautiful spot where even weeding becomes a meditation.”
There’s nothing that I could say that would make it sound any more inviting… So, want to get involved? There’s still plenty of time. The group meets Wednesdays at DelVal Market at 8:45 and work until about 12 Noon. For more information, and to see which dates still have availability, please contact Susan Vorwerk at Susan@Doylestown.Coop or at 215 882 3399.
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