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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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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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 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.)
BEDFORD FARMERS CLUB
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