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Celebrating 171 Years in the Community

Next meeting is Tuesday, September 19, 3 p.m. at Orchard Hill Organics
9 Orchard Hill Road, Katonah, NY 10536
Arrow Down

Thursday, April 20
7:00 p.m.

St. Matthew's Church, Bedford, NY
382 Cantitoe Street, Bedford, NY

Meeting Minutes

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Invasives to Natives

A panel of experts will explain how to transform your yard from a garden of non-native species to those that will provide a local habitat.

Tuesday, September 19,
3:00 p.m.
Orchard Hill Organics

9 Orchard Hill Road, Katonah, NY 10536
 

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

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Orchard Hill Organics

The farm began in 1994 as a labor of love - an orchard and vegetable garden cultivated as a source of nutritious, delicious produce to nourish family and friends. We soon realized our crops were so abundant, we wanted to share the bounty with others. Thus was born Orchard Hill Organics!

Tuesday, May 16
3:00 p.m.

The Hickories Farm
136 Lounsbury  Road, Ridgefield CT 06877

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 22
3:00 p.m.

Tilly Foster Farm
100 NY-312, Brewster, NY 10509

 

Meeting Minutes

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The Hickories Farm

The Hickories Farm produces organic fruits, vegetables and flowers; and humanely raised fiber.  The Farm has launched a "restoration" seed company and  vermicomposting venture.

Saturday, October 14,
10:00 a.m.
Marsh Sanctuary
71 Sarles Street, Mount Kisco 10549

 

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Farm and Tilly's Table

Tour Putnam County's restoration of Tilly Foster Farm and learn about community gardening and animal projects.

Stay for optional dinner at Tilly's Table run by their culinary arts program.

Meeting Minutes

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Marsh Sanctuary

Marsh Sanctuary provides a place for outdoor recreation and engagement with our natural landscape while safeguarding its biodiversity, protecting wildlife, conserving our historic buildings, inspiring the arts, and fostering environmental stewardship. 

2023 MEETINGS

Bedford Farmers Club seeks to encourage wise and rewarding land stewardship. We work to foster an awareness of Bedford's remarkable agricultural heritage. Advancing knowledge and improving the practice of agriculture and horticulture in a farming community was the premise of the Bedford Farmers Club in 1852. Today it addresses backyard farming, horticulture, animal husbandry, and local history. 

BFC meetings are held in spring and fall. Meetings feature topical speakers, site visits, "Timely Tips" on horticulture, and a  much-loved report by our BFC historian. Refreshments are served. 

We are open to all, and use the $10 annual dues to support our programs.

Current Officers

Mary Farley                     President

Robin Ashley                  Vice President

Roger Vincent                 Treasurer

Sheila Crespi                  Secretary

John Stockbridge           Historian

Julie Henkin                    Hospitality

Ellen Best                        Timely Tips

Jim Wood                        President Emeritus

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Bedford Farmers Club in1927 at 75th Anniversary

ABOUT
PAST MEETINGS

2022 Meetings

October         Faraway Farm Alpacas               

                      Minutes             

September    Our New Way Garden - at PepsiCo HQ

                      Minutes              

July              James and Ellen Best's Sara Stein Garden

                     Minutes

                   

December      Rural and Migrant Ministry - NYS Farm Workers                                   Minutes             

June             Boscobel House and Gardens

                     Minutes

                   

May             Sing Sing Kill Brewery - Low Carbon Brewing

                     Minutes

April             The Billion Oyster Project  - Cleaning NY Harbor

                     Minutes             

2021 Meetings

October         Hop to It!   - Hops Growing in NYS                 

                      Minutes               Timely Tips

September    Teatown Reservation  - "From Invasion to Restoration"

                      Minutes              Timely Tips

June             Hilltop Hanover Farm - New Initiatives

                   

May              Integrated Pest Management in Montana

                                

April              No meeting 

             

2020 Meetings

October         Endeavor Therapeutic Riding

                      Minutes               Timely Tips

September    West Lane Farm - Hosting Farmers

                      Minutes              Timely Tips

June             Hilltop Hanover Farm - CANCELLED

                   

May              The Greener Landscape - CANCELLED

                                

April              Positive Thinking about Climate Change - CANCELLED

             

March            Farming without Farms

                      Minutes              Timely Tips

2019 Meetings

October         Home Wine-Making with Ed  Giobbi

                      Minutes               Timely Tips

September    Glynwood Farm - The Next Generation

                      Minutes              Timely Tips

June            Sweet Earth Co. - Commercial Flower Farming

                    Minutes                 Timely Tips

May              From Aratoma Farm to Caramoor: the Rosens' Dream

                     Minutes                Timely Tips

April             River of Change: Agriculture, Industry, and Commerce in the Hudson Valley, 1800-1900 

                     Prof. Christopher Clark

                     Minutes                Timely Tips

2018 Meetings

October        Composting at Coker Farm

                      Minutes               Timely Tips

September    Westchester Land Trust - Land Conservation

                      Minutes              Timely Tips

June            Phillis Warden's Garden - Native Plants

                     Minutes               Timely Tips

May              Bluestone Farm - Organic Agriculture

                     Minutes                Timely Tips

April              Sustainable Food Sourcing in the Hudson Valley

                      Minutes                Timely Tips

2017 Meetings

October        Thompson's Cider Mill

                      Minutes               

September    Martha Stewart's Farm

                                    

June             Progress on the New Tappan Zee Bridge

                                   

May              Eco Shrimp Garden

                                  

April             Earthquakes - Lamont-Doherty Laboratory

                                  

2016

Prior Meetings

October        Thompson's Cider Mill

                                   

September   Mill Pond Farm - Robin Ashley

                                    

June             Green Chimneys

                                   

May              Cabbage Hill Farm

                                  

April             Update on Bedford 2020

                                  

March          White Oak Farm - Maple Sugaring

                                  

2015

October        Stone Barns - Squash Hybridizing

                                   

September    Ivanna Farms - Cider Making

                                   

June             Ice Pond Farm with Dick Button

                                   

May              Rainbeau Ridge Farm - Bee Keeping

                                  

April             Changing Weather, Prof. Adam Sobel

                                  

March          Geothermal Heating, Heat of the Earth, Inc.

                                  

2014

October         Mill Pond Farm - Certifying as Organic

                                   

September    Orchid Growing - Bill Smiles

                                   

June              Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

                                   

May              Untermyer Gardens Tour

                                  

April             Geology of the Bottom of the Hudson River, Prof Bill Ryan

                                  

2013

October        Science Barge - Yonkers

                                   

September    Ryder Farm

                                   

June              Mianus River Gorge

                                   

May              Lasdon  Park

                                  

April             Historical Ecology of NYC Region - Eric Sanderson

                                  

2012

October        Wilkins Fruit and Fir Farm

                                   

September   Leave the Leaves!  Leaf Management

                                   

June             Bedford Audubon Society

                                   

May             History of Mt. Kisco - Mt. Kisco Historian Harry McCartney

                                  

April             Local Native American Village and Massacre - Tony Godino

                                  

2011

October         Old Croton Aqueduct

                                   

September    The Leatherman - Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

                                   

June              Faraway Farm Alpacas

                                   

May              Teatown Reservation

                                  

April             The Slow Food Movement

                                  

MEMBERSHIP
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Membership is open to all who are interested in Bedford's long, vibrant agricultural heritage, as well as backyard farming, horticulture, raising animals  local history, and the wise use of our land, soil and water. resouroes. 

 

Attendance at two meetings is required for rmembership.  Prospective members are officially voted in at their second meeting.

Dues are $10 per year, payable to the treasurer.

CONTACT

Contact Us

Thanks for contacting us!

Mailing Address

Bedford Farmers Club

27 Horseshoe Road

Mount Kisco, NY 10549

 

info@bedfordfarmersclub.org

Tel: 914.666.5522

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