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This July has been hot, hot, hot!  Need some advice on keeping you garden strong? Shanyn Siegel once again shares her wisdom with us in our July Grow It article with her tips for keeping your garden productive all summer long. 

Our local farmers also need you in this summer drought. Remember to buy local to support local farming, and read our Buy It section where we report on a great step forward for local food - the new Westchester Grown Farm Trail designation for 14 area farms. 

Our Cook It Recipe provides a delicious and a unique way to use part of your carrot tops rather than tossing them. Bright green carrot leaves provide great nutrients and interesting flavor for you and avoid the landfill where organic matter produces methane emissions.

Finally, we hear from Wendy Webb-Weber, founder of Sharing Works, about the Harvest Community Project in our Share It section. Maybe you can help share the abundance by donating extra produce this season?

Listed below you will also find some local food events.

Remember to like Bedford 2020 on Facebook and  Forward to a Friend VegOut to anyone who cares about local food or our environment, and if someone forwarded this to you and you're not already signed up, click here.

​Your friends at Bedford 2020 and VEGOUT!
Keep 'em Coming!
Shanyn Siegel offers some quick gardening tips to keep those veggies coming all summer long.
Follow the Farm Trail
14 local farms have been designated on the new Westchester Grown Farm Trail. This is a great step to raise awareness of local farms. Buy local!
Carrot Top Pistou
Rather than tossing all those carrot tops, try this nutritious and delicious use of the carrot leaves in a pistou (its like pesto).
Sharing Works!
Many in Bedford Hills are reaping the benefits of the Harvest Community effort thanks to local farmers and organizations nourishing neighbors in need. Will you?

Gardening Classes by Shanyn Siegel
Wednesday evenings 6-7:30pm
John Jay Homestead - Glass Porch
Registration required, $35/class (multi-class discount available)
Click here to register.

June 22 Botany for Vegetable Gardeners
July 13 Roots, Shoots, and Greens: Planning the Fall Garden
July 27 Soil Science for Vegetable Gardeners
August 10 Garden Smarter: Evaluating Vegetable Varieties
August 24 Plant Health Care: Controlling Pests and Diseases Naturally
September 7 Garden for the Common Good: Become a Seed Saver!
September 21 Thresh and Winnow: Cleaning Garden Seeds

The Prescription: How Better Farming Leads to Better Health
Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:30pm

Stone Barnes Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY.
Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, author of The Dirt Cure, will give a talk on healthy kids and healthy soil. Click here for more information and to buy tickets

Help provide fresh, local food to people who may otherwise not have access to it:

1. Donate excess produce from a backyard garden. Click here.
2. Volunteer on Sugar Hill Farm which supplies fresh produce to the Food Bank for Westchester. Click here for dates and more information.
3. Volunteer with Local Food For All, seeking volunteers (chefs, nutritionists, etc.) from June – November to support Eat Local NY and its network of emergency food outlets by performing on site visits, presenting food education and providing nutritional recipes through cooking demonstrations. Click here for more information.

U-Pick - Pick Your Own Vegetables
Saturday, July 23 open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights

Pick your own produce in Hilltop Hanover's crop fields, have fun, see how vegetables are grown, and talk to the farmers in the field. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags. Click here for more information.

45th Annual Putnam County 4-H Fair
Friday, July 29 12pm-6pm
Saturday, July 30 10am-7pm
Sunday July 31 10am-5pm
Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 201 Gipsy Trail Rd, Carmel, NY

Animals, Food, Entertainment, Games, Activities, Exhibits, Horse Show, Chicken Barbeque, Master Gardener Plant Sale. Free admission. Free parking. Click here to find out more.

3rd Annual Bike to Beer Benefit for Eat Local NY
September 24, 2016 
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co, 444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523 
The goal of this charity cycling event is to raise awareness and funds for Eat Local NY's Local Food For All Project, which helps to make fresh, local and seasonally grown produce available to children and families in need. There will be two distance options, a 25-mile course and a 55-mile course, both starting and finishing at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, NY. For more information and to register please visit or call (914) 400-4113.
Visit the Bedford 2020 Table
Saturday, July 30 9am-1pm
John Jay Homestead Farm Market
Jay Street (Route 22), Katonah

Come visit us at the Bedford 2020 table at the John Jay Homestead Market, to talk with us about our programs, take the healthy yard pledge, hear about our local food efforts, and sign up for a home energy assessment.

While at the Homestead, farm market shoppers can also enjoy a walk, sight see and explore flower, herb and vegetable gardens or picnic on the historic grounds of John Jay Homestead.

Sign up for a home energy assessment anytime online at or call 914-302-7300 ext 8102
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Special Offer for Friends of Bedford 2020
Mill River Supply, on our recommendation, now has Earth Machine composters in stock for $100. ($90 if people say they were recommended by Bedford 2020.)
A testimonial from a member of Bedford 2020: "This is a really good price for a compost bin -- and it's a very good bin. I've used one for about 6 years and it looks as good as new." 
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