James Wood, President
3305 Kendal Way
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Tel: 914-922-1559, Fax: 914-922-1763

Bedford Farmers Club seeks to encourage wise and rewarding use of communal lands and foster an awareness of Bedford's remarkable agricultural heritage. Advancing knowledge and improving the practice of agriculture and horticulture in a farming community was the premise of the Bedford Farmers Club in 1852. Today it addresses "Backyard" farming, horticulture, animal husbandry and encourages wise use of land, soil and water, and the protection of the total environment.

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2018 Meetings
(Meetings held at 3:00 PM)

Wed, April 18th
Historic Quaker Meeting House "Sustainable Food Sourcing in the Hudson Valley"
Speaker - Karen Simons

Wed, May 9th
Bluestone Farm, "Organic Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
on 23 acres"
118 Federal Hill Road Brewster, N.Y.

Wed, June 13th
Phyllis Warden's Home & Garden "Native Plants"
Route 22, Bedford Hills, N.Y.
Speaker -Barbara Fischer, Native Plant Center

Wed, Sept. 12th
Westchester Land Trust Connecting Farming acreage and Farmers
Sugar Hill Farm
403 Harris Road
Bedford Hills, N.Y.
Speaker - John Baker

Wed, Oct 10th
Coker Farm Composting and what's new at Coker Farm
69 Stone Hill Road
Bedford, N.Y
Speaker - Judy Richter, Owner .

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2017 Meetings

Wednesday April 19
St. Matthews Church

May 16
ECO Shrimp Farm

June 21
New York Thruway Bridge
John Jay Homestead

September 20
Martha Stewart Farm

October 18
Thompsons Cider Mill



2016 Meetings
(Meetings held Wednesdays at 3:00 PM)

Wednesday March 23
White Oak Farm
Yorktown Heights
Maple Syrup Making

April 20
Chappaqua Quaker Meeting House, Ellen Conrad
Bedford 2020 Update

May 18th
Cabbage Hill Farm, 115 Crow Hill Road, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., 10549 "GROWING FISH AND EDIBLE GREENS"

June 15th
Green Chimneys, 400 Doansburg Rd., Brewster, N.Y., 10509 "Educating Children through Nature"

September 21st
Robin Ashley's Mill Pond Farm, 121 Stone Hill Road, Bedford N.Y.,10506 "Nuts"

October 19th
Thompson's Cider Mill. 335 Blinn Rd., Croton on Hudson, N.Y.,10520 "Apples into Cid


2015 Meetings
(Meetings held Wednesdays except March 21st)

SATURDAY March 21 10:00 am, Chappaqua Quaker Meeting House, Geothermal Heating, Jason Heyen and Timon McPhearon

April 15, 3:00 pm, Chapaqua Quaker Meeting House, Changing Weather

May 20, 3:00 pm, Rainbeau Ridge Farm, Bees

June 17, 3:00 pm, Dick Button's. Farming after Skating

Sept 16, 3:00 pm, Ivanna (formerly Braewold Farm), Making Cider

Oct 21, 3:00 pm, Stone Barns, Squash Hybridizing

Bedford Farmers Club holds five meetings a year at individual farms and homes and other places of interest in the Bedford area. For membership you must be proposed by a current member, attend two consecutive meetings, and have an interest in the Club's purpose and a willingness to serve on its committees. This is the oldest Farmers Club in the state, and we are now working to preserve the 157 years of Club minutes and the historical archives for future generations.

For further information contact:
Jim Wood, President

For information about this website contact
Richard Ten Dyke

Some web sites of interest

History of the Farmers Club

Amawalk Farm

Stone Barns

John Jay Homestead

Previous Years


April 16th, 3:00 p.m., Chappaqua Friends Meeting House
Bill Ryan, Doherty Senior Scholar at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Topic: Hudson River, the Geology of the bottom

May 21st, 3:00 p.m. Untermyer Gardens, Yonkers: Tour of Untermyer Gardens ($10/person entrance fee)

June 18th, 2:30 p.m. Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford Tour and tasting session (Note time change)

Sept. 17th, 3:00 p.m. Bill Smiles - Orchid growing for 50years! Place: Red barn at the John Jay Homestead!

Oct. 15, 3:00 p.m. Mill Pond Farm, Bedford
BFC member Robin Ashley will discuss her efforts to have Mill Pond certified as an organic farm and give us a tour.

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2013 Meetings
All meetings start
at 3:00 pm

April 17 Chappaqua Quaker Meeting House Speaker : Eric Sanderson. Eric is the Senior Conservation Ecologist in charge of Global Conservation Programs for the Wildlife Conservation Society: He will speak on the Historical Ecology of the New York City Region – The past, present and future of growing plants in the New York City area.

May 14 (Tuesday) Lasdon Park We will learn about the Park and its marvellous plantings which should be in FULL BLOOM and spectacular. We will also have the opportunity to see the work being done with the American Chestnut Trees we learned about last summer

June19 Mianus River Gorge Preserve. We will learn about the Deer Management Program they have undertaken over the last several years and the difference it has made in the undergrowth of the Preserve

September 18th meeting will be at the Ryder Farm. This Certified Organic Grower is located at 400 Starr Ridge Road, Brewster, N.Y. Betsey Ryder will be our speaker and will tell us about this farm which has been in their family and operating since 1795. Should you wish to learn more before we meet there, you can do so at

The October 16th meeting will at The Science Barge which is moored at the foot of Dock Street, Yonkers. The Science Barge is a fascinating environmental educational training facility sponsored by Groundwork Hudson Valley. It is a self contained environment, powered by both wind and sun with rain water captured and used to sustain the plants both outside and inside their greenhouse.

2012 Meetings
All meetings start
at 3:00 pm

April 18
Place: Historic Quaker Meeting House, Chappaqua, N.Y.
Topic: An Indian Village near Bedford
Speaker: Tony Godino

May 16
Place: Mt. Kisco Library
Topic: How Geology, Nature and History influenced the settlement and growth of Mt. Kisco and Bedford
Speaker: Harry McCartney

June 20
Place: Bedford Audubon Society 35 Todd Road Katonah
Topic: The Stately American Chestnut Tree - is it coming back?
Speaker: Frank Munzer, The American Chestnut Foundation

(A small sign says Bylane Farm Bedford Audubon Society in front of the house while on the south side of the road a larger one says Hunt parker Sanctuary. Parking is in the field on the south side of Todd Road. Tel. 232-1999.)

Sept 19
Place:Parish House at St.Matthews Church, Route 22.
Topic: Fall Leaf Management
Speaker: Fiona Mitchell

Oct 17
Place: Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm, Yorktown Heights
Topic: Growing fruit in Westchester
Speaker: Barbara Wilkens and her family


2011 Meetings:
All meetings start
at 3:00 pm

April 20
Place: Chappaqua Quaker House, Chappaqua Speaker: Mimi Edelman, Susan Rubin, Jan Melby and Chris West Topic: The Slow Food Movement– Lower Hudson Valley, Nationally & Worldwide

May 18
Place: Teatown Reservation, Ossining; Speaker: Clare Pierson; Topic: Herbs and Health

June 15
Place: Faraway Farm Alpacas, 1315 Baptist Church Rd. , Yorktown; Speaker: Leda Blumberg & Steve Cole; Topic: Alpaca Farming

Sept 21
Place: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation; Speaker: Dan DeLuca; Topic: The Leatherman

Oct 19

The Croton Aquaduct, Ossining; Speaker: Mavis Cane; Topic: How water gets to NYC

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Wed, Sept. 12th
Westchester Land Trust Connecting Farming acreage and Farmers
Sugar Hill Farm
403 Harris Road
Bedford Hills, N.Y.
Speaker - John Baker

Martha Stewart



ECO Shrimp Garden

Green Chimneys

Cabage Hill Farm



Dick button



The Bedford Farmers Club
21 March 2015

At 10 AM on Saturday March 21, 2015 The Bedford Farmers Club held a meeting in response to those members and others, who because of their “Day Jobs” were unable to attend the usual 3:00 PM Meeting time on the 3rd Wednesday of April, May, June, September and October.

Despite the snow storm which had bedeviled the area since early Friday, 20 hardy individuals ventured forth to the Historic Quaker Meeting House in Chappaqua for a fascinating discussion of “Geothermal Heat Pumps”. The program was the inspiration of Dick Ten Dyke who introduced the speakers – Jason Heyen, Proprietor of Heat of the Earth, purveyor of heat pumps, Timon McPhearson, homeowner, and Dominick Balletta, Managing Director of the Jacob Burns Theatre in Pleasantville, N.Y. The last 2 named had Heat Pumps installed; Timon in a remodeling of their home built before 1800, and Dominick for the heating and cooling unit in the new Burns Media Arts Center.

Jason offered a detailed description of how the system works and what it did and didn’t do with cost comparisons with the delivery of other systems – oil, gas, coal, etc. Determining the cost of installation involves a mathematical calculation for the length of heat-transfer pipe –horizontal or vertical required for the size of the building it serves. Timon and Dominick offered their actual experiences with their geothermal heat pumps. Because of the size of the new Burns building, 36 holes had to be drilled. The specifications said that each had to be 510 feet in depth. Since New York Law requires a mining permit for any drilling or excavation deeper than 500 feet. the Burns revised their application, and their holes only go down 492 feet!

A thoughtful and lively Q & A period followed for the next 45 minutes before an enthusiastic audience who expressed their appreciation for a stimulating morning.

George Pouder thoughtfully brought some sprigs of witch hazel in bloom (yellow), a sure sign that spring is coming. George’s always interesting comments (Timely Tips) about witch hazel can be found on this web site.

We adjourned to find that much of the snow had melted thus improving our chances of returning to our homes safely.

Respectfully Submitted,

James Wood,
Secretary Pro Tem



Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

Green Award


Science Barge

Ryder Farm


Lasdon Park


September 19 2012


faraway farm


(Photos courtsey Hazel and David Nourse)

Stone Barns



Rocky Hilla

Photos Copyright © 2009-2010 Richard Ten Dyke, Bedford NY

Nourse Farm Website Lasdon Park Mianus river gorge Ryder Farm Website Untermeyer Gardens