BEDFORD FARMERS CLUB
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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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.
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April 16th, 3:00 p.m., Chappaqua Friends Meeting House
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
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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 RyderFarmOrganic.com
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.
(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.)
The Bedford Farmers Club
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.
(Photos courtsey Hazel and David Nourse)
Photos Copyright © 2009-2010 Richard Ten Dyke, Bedford NY