Food Forum Inspires Action
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Over 900 people came to Fox Lane High School on Saturday March 4th to engage in everything about local food - how and why to grow or buy local as well as challenges and possible solutions to food waste, hunger in Westchester, and equitable access to fresh, healthy food in our community.  

The interactive and exciting day included dynamic speakers, informative workshops, and engaging demonstrations. Keynote speakers (Mark Bittman, pictured left and Michel Nischan, pictured below) covered topics ranging from food and climate change, personal food choices that benefit both our health and the planet, and efforts to increase access to healthy fruit and vegetable purchases for low income residents.  Panelists and speakers discussed topics ranging from resilient local food economies, budget-savvy shopping, rethinking food waste, and starting a backyard garden, sharing food with those in need to what's in the Farm Bill.
The lively expo allowed for great interaction with and among exhibitors and included local farms, hunger-relief organizations, garden experts, chefs, food-rescue organizations, sustainability organizations and live chickens!  

It was an amazing day thanks to the great work of committee members, volunteers and Bedford 2020 supporters. Click here for photos from the event and see below for the list of sponsors.

After the event participants took a survey and many pledged to take at least one action to support what they learned at the Food Forum...
“I’m very interested in what Bedford 2020 is catalyzing today and I’m personally learning a lot about the dynamics in the county around food, farming and communities.”
-Tara Seeley, Program Officer for the Environment
Westchester Community Foundation
Quoted  in March 4, 2017, Journal News,
Bedford 2020 will use the Food Forum's momentum to drive more action in our community around local food. Our Food and Agriculture Task Force will continue to work with Food Forum partners to promote more growing, buying, eating, and sharing of local food - and avoiding food waste!

Clare Murray, Executive Director of the Community Center of Northern Westchester and farmer Mimi Edelman of the Westchester Growers Alliance, pictured left.
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Bedford Central School District

Stop & Shop: NY Metro Division
Wizard Studios
Northern Westchester Hospital: Northwell Health
Bambi's Bar at the Bedford Playhouse
Bedford Magazine/Town Vibe

Curtis Instruments
Clark Associates Funeral Home

Healthy Home Energy & Consulting 
Ladle of Love

Andy King, Co-founder of Inward Point
Blythdale Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares Eat Well Be Well
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Cascade Mountain Winery
Good Choice Kitchen
Happiness Is
Health-Ade Kombucha
Hickory and Tweed
Inn at Pound Ridge
Janell Breck
John and Olivia Farr and Bedford Gourmet
Kupferman /Agranoff Family
Lena Faith, Kurt Beil
Little Joe's Books
Marks Foods
Martha Stewart
Mary Adams Lines Landscape Design
Natural Awakenings Magazine
O2 Living, Daniel Bernstein, Andrea Candee
Polaner Selections
Polaner Selections – Boundary Breaks Vineyard
Rainbeau Ridge
Restaurant North
Rick Wolff
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Snow Hill Farm
Stone Barns Center
Suburban Carting
SunRaven Farm, Home of Slow Medicine
Thomas Fox and Sons Catering
Three Hour Farm
Village Social

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Event Chairs:
Olivia Farr
Karen Simons

Expo Chair: Mimi Lines

Media Chair: Heather Flournoy

Pledge Chair: Shanyn Siegel

Registration Chair: Karen Sabath

Volunteer Chair:  Rebecca Roban

Book Corner: Vicki Marwell, 

Nancy Steiner


Program Leaders:

Margaret Gifford
Stephanie Kupferman
Suzi Novak
Karen Simons

Bedford 2020 Staff:
Midge Iorio, Executive Director
Ellen Calves, Program Manager
Committee Members
Susan Bostwick
Deirdre Breen
Lena Cavanna
Jayni Chase
Ellen Conrad
Doug DeCandia
Sarah Douglis
Mimi Edelman
Annie Farrell
Michael Finkelstein
Nisa Geller
Lisa Green
Martha Handler
Janet Harckham
Florence Hovy
David Juros
Mary Beth Kass
Anna Lee
Jeanne Markel
Mey Marple
Peter Menzies
Fiona Mitchell
Vickie Morris
Debbie Mullin
Christine O'Neil
Penny Paglia
Aleah Papes
Cara Politi
Marie Roth
Nancy Silver
Maria Simonetti
Quint Smith
Anita Stockbridge
Deb Taft
Liz Taggart
Mary Tedesco
Shelley Waln

Sherry Wolf
Keeva Young Wright

Please visit the website to see the list of our community partners, exhibitors, and speakers who helped make this event possible. We hope to turn this day of knowledge and inspiration into action to support a sustainable, equitable food system for all! 
The goal of Bedford 2020 is to lead, organize and promote a community wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and to create a sustainable community that conserves its natural resources.