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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

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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


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.

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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. 


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


Bedford Farmers Club in1927 at 75th Anniversary


2022 Meetings

October         Faraway Farm Alpacas               


September    Our New Way Garden - at PepsiCo HQ


July              James and Ellen Best's Sara Stein Garden



December      Rural and Migrant Ministry - NYS Farm Workers                                   Minutes             

June             Boscobel House and Gardens



May             Sing Sing Kill Brewery - Low Carbon Brewing


April             The Billion Oyster Project  - Cleaning NY Harbor


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


September    Martha Stewart's Farm


June             Progress on the New Tappan Zee Bridge


May              Eco Shrimp Garden


April             Earthquakes - Lamont-Doherty Laboratory



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



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.



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



October        Science Barge - Yonkers


September    Ryder Farm


June              Mianus River Gorge


May              Lasdon  Park


April             Historical Ecology of NYC Region - Eric Sanderson



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



October         Old Croton Aqueduct


September    The Leatherman - Ward Pound Ridge Reservation


June              Faraway Farm Alpacas


May              Teatown Reservation


April             The Slow Food Movement


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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 Us

Thanks for contacting us!

Mailing Address

Bedford Farmers Club

27 Horseshoe Road

Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Tel: 914.666.5522

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