Northern Westchester Local Food Project Update


February, 2016


Great Life-Sustaining Work!

Dear --FNAME--:

Enjoy this newsletter with exciting updates on:

increased local food buying at our schools and institutions, efforts underway to support our local food shed, and information about upcoming area food events!

Please forward this newsletter to others interested in learning about and supporting local food in our community: Forward to a Friend

-NWLFP of Bedford 2020


Welcome B2020 Interns!

We are delighted to have two bright, energetic team members working with our Task Force on a hyper-local food research and education project. Stay tuned for progress. 


Samantha Levy is a graduate student at NYU working on her Masters in Food Studies with a focus on Food Systems. She recently worked as the Farm Market Manager in Ossining and at Restaurant North in Armonk.


Sarah Walker is a Sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, studying Community and Environmental Sociology and Economics as well as Mandarin, Chinese. She has been active in environmental clubs both at UW and in high school at Hackley.


Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT (NOFA-CT) will host its 34th Annual Winter Conference on March 12 and 13 at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury for farmers, gardeners, land care professionals and foodies! Click here for details


Organic Gardening Classes at John Jay Homestead, Wednesdays.

Taking a class is sometimes the easiest way to get started growing your own local food. Classes Wednesdays from  6:00pm - 7:30pm from March 16 through September.
Please click here to register in advance
$35 per class, 
discounts for multiple classes and early registration.

BCSD Buys Local!

NWLFP Encourages Commitment to Local Food in Bedford Central School District 

BCSD has become the latest institution to participate in the Northern Westchester Local Food Project (NWLFP), a project of Bedford 2020 and Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) aimed at helping our community institutions source more locally grown food.
Since September,
BCSD has been purchasing some local produce including apples, pears, watermelon, romaine lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and carrots!

Local Food is Better

Bedford 2020 has been working alongside the BCSD Wellness Committee to bring more local food to the district because it is not only more sustainable but also healthier.

BCSD and the Wellness Committee are committed to the principle that healthy and well nourished students learn better.  Local produce generally retains more nutrients than food that travels over longer distances. 

Also, local food is better for our environment and our local economy. According to the Town of Bedford Climate Action Plan, “Choosing local food can help “reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by food transportation, bolster the town’s economy and help preserve [local] agricultural land.” 
NWLFP: Increasing Institutional Local Food Purchases
NWLFP began as a joint pilot project between Bedford 2020 and NWH to establish a viable system for institutional local food purchasing in Northern Westchester.  Since the program was launched in 2013, fourteen institutions, including schools and healthcare facilities in the Hudson Valley, have joined and locally sourced food has increased from $45,000 in 2013 to over $560,000 in 2015!
Bedford 2020 will continue to partner with BCSD and other schools and institutions to encourage and support the environmental and health benefits of sourcing local food. 

By choosing locally sourced food, BCSD is leading the way towards a healthy, more sustainable food system and helping our Town meet its climate action goals.
Buy and support local food
The Bedford Hills Farmers' Market! 
Open Saturdays from 10-2
at the Bedford Hills Train Station.
Local Farmers are there every week with their winter selection of produce including apples, squash, onions, potatoes, garlic, cabbages, and more.  You will also meet local artisans, bakers, soup makers and others. 
Support local farmers, our local economy, the environment, and quality products right here in the Town of Bedford.