Growing Questions?

  • How do I stave off the Japanese Beetles this year?
  • Why aren’t my tomato plants growing?
  • When should I harvest my garlic?

Growing vegetables, fruits, herbs or flowers usually also grows questions! We try to print information that is seasonal and helpful to all growers, but every garden (and every gardener) is different.


So this edition of VegOut explores one resource that we really like, A Way to Garden, a blog by Margaret Roach, “a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. [She] hosts a public-radio podcast; …lectures, plus holds tours at [her] 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.”

This blog is funny, smart and really helpful. Margaret Roach talks about gardening as not just a hobby but a way of life and her love of the practice of growing things really shines through.

Some links to what you will find there, of just start at the home page and explore for yourself.

We hope you find the answers you’ve been looking for and a whole lot of inspiration to keep growing!

Amberjack with Radishes and Basil

With the cold spring many vegetable gardens are not as robust as they were this time last year. Our gardens and farm shares seem to have plentiful basil and radishes right now, so we found a simple recipe with those flavorful ingredients.


  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 fillets amberjack,* cleaned and skinned
  • 4 radishes, sliced thinly
  • 2 lemon leaves, torn, or 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 lemon leaves, torn, or 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, torn
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped to yield 1/4 cup
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a 12 to 14-inch saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until just smoking.

Season both sides of the fillets with salt and pepper. Add fillets to pan and cook on one side for about 3 minutes.

Turn fillets over when browned and add radish slices and lemon leaves (or zest). Cook for 1 minute and add white wine.

When wine has evaporated, add fresh basil, and season, to taste. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali, 2001

 *Amberjack is an extra lean fish that has a firm texture, white meat with mild flavor. Substitutes  could be mahi-mahi, mullet, tilefish, grouper or shark.

General Faculty Resources

About Greenlight

This is not your average science fair project!  We are looking for passionate innovators who love any subject to participate.  This year’s theme, Changemaker 2020, is a behavioral change challenge.  We hope students and faculty from all subjects, such as Social Studies, Psychology, Business, English, Math, Science, and more, will get involved!

We encourage teamwork and multi-disciplinary approaches to tackle problems in our community. Students have great ideas for tackling climate change and resource protection, and there are many ways to approach environmental challenges, including:

  • Science-based solutions
  • Entrepreneurial inventions
  • Web solutions
  • Research projects
  • Grassroots efforts
  • Pilot program implementation
  • Policy change (at the local or institutional level)
  • Social Media Campaigns
  • Education through presentations, workshops, art, film, etc.

Promote Greenlight

flyers and information to be posted soon.

Greenlight Competition Intent to Participate Form

greenlight-award-logo-312Congratulations, you are about to become part of something amazing!

To be a part of the Greenlight Award Competition, submit this form by October 2017.

This form indicates that the student or team of students named on the form have enlisted a faculty advisor and have begun developing ideas to improve into a project proposal.

Once we have your contact information we will let you know about the mandatory Incubator Workshop where we will invite community experts to help you with your proposals, review the requirements for the Project Proposal Form, and help you prepare for the Round 1 expo and presentations in December.

Click here for more information.

We look forward to hearing more about your project in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Bedford 2020.

Greenlight Award Intent to Participate 2017-2018

Greenlight Award Intent to Participate 2017-2018

The Changemaker 2020 competition is on! We are looking forward to hearing your big green ideas. Please sign up here to participate, and we will be sure to keep you in the loop about upcoming meetings, new materials and to help if you need it. Questions? Email:

You can always update this as you develop your idea further, but let us know how we should refer to your project.
You should address an environmental issue within this community.
Your idea could include scientific or technological solutions, education/awareness (through art, persuasion, film, etc), policy and influence, research and reporting, grassroots action, or a combination of any of these (or others).
a. Your idea should be realistic to implement within your school, neighborhood, congregation or among local businesses or other aspects of the community. Your reach may change as you begin to research the scale and feasibility of your project.
At least one student on your team should provide an additional email address because the school email systems often reject our Bedford 2020 emails and we want to make sure your team stays in the loop. Thank you.

Community Center Seeking Fresh Produce

This spring, Bedford 2020 is encouraging you to plant a little extra in your garden to harvest donations for people in our communities who are not able to afford local, fresh produce. For residents in the Town of Bedford, the Community Center of Northern Westchester is a great place to donate your produce.

While The Community Center of Northern Westchester encourages donations of all kind of food, the demand for fresh produce has increased over the years faster than the supply.

“There’s been a definite trend over the years in families gravitating to wanting fresh produce as the main sources of feeding their families over the canned and boxed goods, and they are always disappointed if the selection’s not great,” said Executive Director Clare Murray.

Especially in summer months when gardens are often bursting with produce, the Community Center encourages anyone with excess to donate what they can.

“Our goal is to try and always have as many donations as possible, so people have as much choice as possible,” said Murray.

Food donations can be brought to the rear entrance of the Community Center 10 a.m.-4 pm on Tuesdays-Fridays.

If you are not in the area, call your local food pantry and ask if they will take donations. If you know of a place that takes local food donations near you, let us know! We will create a list of donation centers and times for drop off on our website.

Turmeric Tonic

You might enjoy turmeric as a spice commonly found in Indian food. But with research showing turmeric’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, why not incorporate it into your diet in more ways? Harness turmeric’s broad health benefits in this recipe from Katonah Juice. This refreshing drink uses the sweetness from carrots and apples and incorporates a little kick with the turmeric and lemon.

Turmeric Tonic

  • Two carrots
  • Two celery stalks
  • Two golden delicious apples
  • Five small pieces of turmeric
  • One tablespoon of lemon juice

Juice ingredients and drink, or let chill for an hour before enjoying!

Katonah Juice

Our Buy It section often celebrates area businesses who buy local food, and Katonah Juice will be juicing local produce all summer long, so check them out!

Growing up with a mother who worked as a cook and baker, Krystal of Katonah Juice has been exposed the food industry for as long as she can remember. While she began juicing in her early 20’s to improve her health, juicing has grown into her passion which she hopes to use to better the health of the community. Today, she co-runs Katonah Juice with Will and Chris Ryder, who own the Katonah Pharmacy. Katonah Juice sells organic fruit smoothies and acai bowls along with juices.

Katonah Juice purchases organic and local produce whenever possible—Ace Naturals, Ryder Farm (no relation to the owners), and Snow Hill Organics are among its favorite distributors. Popular drinks at Katonah Juice include the Green Goddess smoothie, full of antioxidant rich matcha powder, and Krystal’s favorite—Peanut Butter and Jelly. Krystal loves incorporates various types of protein such as bone broth into her smoothies.

Katonah Pharmacy is optimistic that selling these healthy products is a way to forward the Pharmacy’s goal of providing alternate, holistic approaches to health along with conventional pharmaceutical needs.

“We don’t want the pharmacy department to be your only stop, we want it to be the last,” says Will Ryder.

The Juice Bar is located in the back of Katonah Pharmacy and is open 9-5 Mondays-Fridays, 10-5 on Saturdays, and 10-2.30 on Sundays. Stop by today for a delicious and healthy treat!

You can try a turmeric juice recipe from Katonah Juice here

Come to the Greenlight Finals and be Entered to Win!

All are invited to attend the Greenlight Award Finals on May 17th at Fox Lane High School! There will be a Keynote Speaker as well as a free raffle in addition to the inspiring presentations by Greenlight Award Finalists from John Jay, Fox Lane and Harvey School!


All who attend will be entered into the raffle for some great prizes! Including:

4 tickets to the Ghostbusters Hyper-Reality Experience in NYC


$50 gift card to Salsa Fresca

$50 gift card to Chop’t

$25 gift card to KR Cafe


$25 gift card to Squires

Two $25 Gift Cards to Mount Kisco Sports


$20 gift Card to the Mount Kisco Diner

Sign up for Community Compost

Town of Bedford residents may sign up to drop off their kitchen waste at the Town of Bedford’s Community Compost at the Town Recycling Center on Saturdays.  Sign up now and we will follow up with you for payment (one-time nonrefundable fee of $25) and to give you your Compost Kit once the program launches in Summer 2017.

Community Compost Program Pre-Registration
Help us get Bedford composting! Volunteers can help us spread the word and educate our program participants.

Summer 2017 Internships Available

Exciting news!

Bedford 2020 is hiring two interns this summer to help us educate, engage and activate our local community to reduce greenhouse gasses and protect our natural resources.

Thanks to a grant from the Rustics Garden Club and Bedford 2020 supporters, we will offer two paid internships for the Summer of 2017!

Internship Descriptions

Click here to read more about the internships opportunities for both a Food/Agriculture Intern and a General Bedford 2020 Intern.  

To Apply – Applications due by April 25th

Interested college or graduate students should email us a letter of interest and a resume. We will follow up in late-April and early-May with all applicants.