May Showers Bring Flowers (and Invasives!)
Dear --FNAME--:

Spring rain has made everything lush and beautiful. Even the invasive species are thriving, but unfortunately, they threaten our native plants and ecosystem. We bring you this update to share Bedford 2020's commitment to removing invasive species and to remind you to protect our drinking water from harmful chemicals and pesticides. Below you will also find information about some great water and land use events and ways to volunteer to help remove invasive species in Bedford.

-Bedford 2020 Water & Land Use Task Force
Bedford 2020 Joins Effort to Eradicate Hardy Kiwi
An insidious vine is invading our forests - the hardy kiwi - a fast-growing plant that has been found to kill trees by spiraling up their trunks and growing mat-like around their branches. 

The Town of Bedford, in partnership with Bedford 2020, the Bedford Audubon Society, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Westchester, and Trillium Invasive Species Management, Inc., has received funding in March of this year from New York State to control the invasive species.
As part of our involvement with this project, Bedford 2020 has separately funded the purchase of a complete vine-cutting set of tools and safety equipment for a ten person crew for use by volunteers in removing invasive species like the hardy kiwi and the oriental bittersweet vine. 

These tools have already been put to good use in a project at John Jay Homestead where volunteers (pictured below) participated in the statewide celebration of "I Love My Park Day" by working to remove invasive plants on May 7th at the Homestead property. Thanks to everyone who came out to help!

The next volunteer opportunity to help with the kiwi removal effort will be on June 11th. See below for details!
Equipment purchased by Bedford 2020 for invasive species removal projects in our town.
The Bedford Conservation Board hopes that this program involving the hardy kiwi will lead to the formation of a permanent group of Bedford residents and businesses, who will continue the effort to remove the invasives that are systematically killing town trees near roads. Not only are native trees important to the ecosystem, they present a danger to pedestrians and drivers when they fall during storm events.
A Call for Volunteer Vine Cutters
Saturday June 11
Tucker Preserve,  north side of Route 172
Park at Rippowam Cisqua lot at West Patent and Route 172
(Rain date Sat., June 18)

The Bedford Conservation Board is looking for a few good vine cutters to work on hardy kiwi control at the Town’s Tucker Preserve. While cutting tools will be available, it is appreciated if volunteers can bring their own clippers and wear gloves.  If you are a new-comer to vine-cutting, instruction and identification of the hardy kiwi will be available.  For further information, contact Simon Skolnik, chair of the Conservation Board, at or call 914-232-9457.  
Nourish your land, protect our water
Click here to take the Great Healthy Yard Pledge which asks you to protect our water resources by abstaining from using toxic chemicals and pesticides on your yard and disposing of pharmaceuticals properly.
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Area Land & Water Events
Family Garden Classes
Roots: How plants eat and drink
June 5, 2016 1pm-2:15pm
at John Jay Homestead 
co-sponsored by InterGenerate

Join Suzi Novak to talk about the best ways to prepare our soil and then plant strawberry plants, beans and more. Taste roots: potatoes, onions and carrots. There are two ways to participate in this new program:
1. For families who want to attend classes only, there are two sessions of 6 workshops each: Spring/Summer (5/15, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12, 6/26, 7/10) and Summer/Fall (7/24, 8/7, 8/21, 8/28, 9/11, 9/25). $150/family per session; $215/family for the entire series.
2. For families who want to attend the entire series of workshops and commit to working in the Teaching Garden in return for a share of the produce each week. $200/family.
Managing Weeds - Organic Garden Class
Managing Weeds (Easily!) in the Organic Garden
June 8, 2016  6:00 pm–7:30 pm 
At John Jay Homestead
June 8, 2016  6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Learn to recognize and understand the life cycles of some of our most pesky and persistent weeds—and start getting them out of the garden with less effort! Is there such a thing as strategic weeding? Absolutely. Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes are held in the Glass Porch of John Jay’s Bedford House. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Click here for more information and to register. 
Open Garden Day
June 18, 2016  10:00 am–3:00 pm 
John Jay Homestead
John Jay Homestead has many beautiful gardens, each one lovingly tended to by dedicated organizations. Enjoy the gardens and learn about their history and design from garden club ambassadors representing Bedford Garden Club, Hopp Ground Garden Club, InterGenerate, the New York Unit of the Herb Society of America and Rusticus Garden Club.  Free admission.
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