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Summer is nearly here, and healthy yard practices are top of mind. We hope you'll check out the resources on our website and participate in some of the area events to protect water and land - like volunteering to remove invasive species or attending a public hearing!

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Healthy Yards
Bedford 2020's Water and Land Use Task Force is working to encourage everyone to have a Healthy Yard.
Healthy Yards:
  • do not pollute waterways with chemical fertilizers and pesticides,
  • do not contaminate our air with gas-powered leaf blowers,
  • and provide healthy spaces for pollinators, wildlife, people and pets.
Have you seen the Healthy Yards butterfly?
You will be seeing signs with the butterfly around where people pledge to enact Healthy Yard practices. For more information and tips on having  Healthy Yard, visit our website.
We are compiling a list of landscapers who employ healthy yard practices, and we need your help! If you know of one in our area, please email us their name and contact info. Thanks!
Invasive Species Removal
Volunteer with Bedford Conservation Board
Saturday, June 23, 2018
We will meet at the Rippowam Cisqua Lower School Campus parking lot at Rt 172 and West Patent Road. Bring shovels and picks, work gloves and a water bottle.
Bedford is starting its third year in its efforts to rid the town of the invasive species, hardy kiwi.  Hardy kiwi, an ornamental fruit bearing vine imported into the U.S. from Asia in the late 19th century has recently been declared an invasive plant that is capable of killing trees and shrubs by growing into a mass enveloping our native populations.
Invasive Hardy Kiwi Takes Over
The Town has received a grant from NY State to carry out a multi-year program to enact a quick response reaction to this invasive. The success of this program would be one of the first times an invasive has been pushed out of the state.   

Bedford 2020 has been a partner with our town from the very beginning, providing tools to volunteers to assist Bedford in eliminating this threat to our environment. 
Volunteers learning how to eliminate hardy kiwi in 2017
We are looking for volunteers to help on Saturday, June 23rd at 10 AM (meet at the Cisqua School Campus parking lot at Rt 172 and West Patent Road).  We will be working in a town owned park adjacent to the school.  If you can, bring shovels and picks, as this year we have reached the milestone of condensing the plant mass to a point where we can start removing it from the ground.  Bedford 2020 will have available other tools necessary for this work.  With enough volunteers, we hope to complete this phase of work in a few hours.
Upcoming Events
Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration
Saturday, June 23, 10am-12pm
John Jay Homestead 
Register for this unique yoga celebration of the summer solstice on the lawn of the historic John Jay Homestead! Click here for more information and to register ($15/individual, $20/family). Don't miss the orange juice toast, gong meditation, and amazing yoga instruction.
Minus River Gorge
Trail Crew  
Saturday, June 16, 10am-3pm
Come work on building trails - no experience required!  Click here for more information.

Invasives ID Walk
Saturday, July 14, 9-11am
The Gardener
Bedford Playhouse film screening and speaker
Saturday, July 9th, 5:30pm
Enjoy this film about Frank Cabot and his inspirational garden Les Jardins de Quatre-Vents. Frank’s son Colin Cabot and James Brayton Hall, CEO of the Garden Conservancy, will speak after the film.  
Ticket Price – $50. All proceeds will benefit the internship programs of the Bedford and Rusticus Garden Clubs. Click here for more information.
The Town of Bedford is considering legislation to reduce the use of carry-out disposable bags (public hearing tonight! June 5 at 7:40pm) and another to reduce the use of gas powered leaf blowers (public hearing on Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm). Please consider attending and speaking on behalf of the environmental benefits of these measures!
Bedford 2020, Office: Lower Level, 68 Bedford Rd, Katonah, NY
Phone: 914 620 2411  |  Email:​