Take the Meat-Free Monday Pledge

Mondays: February 5 – April 23

 

Take the Meat-Fee Monday Pledge

Make the simple commitment to take meat, chicken and fish off your menu one day a week for 12 weeks and replace them with fruits, vegetables and whole grains to help us reach our Climate Action goals!

Together, we will reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources. Pledge to participate and Bedford 2020 will measure how much your participation reduces greenhouse gas emissions during the campaign.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to Take the Meat-Free Mondays Pledge

Click here to sign up for Bedford 2020 Meat-Free Monday updates.

Leaf Blowers: Time for a Change

Bedford 2020 is working with the Town of Bedford to educate our community on the environmental issues associated with using gas-powered leaf blowers. It’s not just about the noise, but gas-leaf blowers are highly polluting, bad for topsoil retention and very damaging to bird and insect habitats.

The Town of Bedford has produced a brochure about the issues associated with leaf blowers and why to take action. Click here for the brochure in English and in Spanish 

Why take action?

Where leaf blower use is limited, communities become quieter, and lawns better fed, without leaf blowing.

  • Gas-powered leaf blowers disrupt peace and quiet in neighborhoods; their operation often exceeds the town noise ordinance.
  • Leaf blowers can spread plant disease, damage plants and destroy habitats.
  • Valuable topsoil can be blown away and remaining soil compacted.
  • Fallen leaves, rather than being blown and removed from a property, can be chopped into mulch to feed lawn and garden soil.

Air quality improves when leaf blowers are not used, bringing health benefits to everyone – including landscape workers.

  • Leaf blowers propel into the air particulates and dangerous contaminants — dirt, dust, pollen, fecal matter, mold, fungus spores, pesticides, herbicides, lead, organic and elemental carbon.  Absorbed into the lungs, particulate matter can increase the number and severity of asthma attacks, bronchitis, and other lung diseases, particularly among children and the elderly and landscapers.
  • The hydrocarbon emission of a half-hour of yard work with a two-stroke leaf blower is equivalent to that of 40 cars idling for an hour. In one hour, a gas leaf blower can send five pounds of particulates into the air, emitting carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and hydrocarbons.
  • A ban on leaf blowing in the summer months is especially beneficial because the effects of emissions from gas-powered machines are worse in warm weather.

What can you do to reduce these effects?

  • Instead of blowing leaves off a lawn, set your lawnmower blades on high and mow right over the leaves, creating nutritious mulch for the grass.
  • Leave cut grass on the lawn; it’s a soil nutrient.
  • Use electric blowers, which are quieter and less polluting, and now cost no more than gas-powered machines.
  • Reduce noise by running blowers at the lowest throttle speed and for the minimum time needed.
  • Only operate one blower at a time and do not idle.
  • Use rakes or clean up garden beds by hand.
  • On pavement and driveways, do final clean up with a broom.
  • Avoid blowing debris into neighbors’ yards, the street and towards windows and doors.
  • Don’t blow near people and pets.
  • It is not necessary to spend time cleaning up every leaf in a yard while fall is still under way. The yard will be covered in leaves again within a short while.

For more information visit Healthy Yards.

Food Rescue and Sharing Organizations

Community Center of Northern Westchester

Accepting donations when open. Website
84 Bedford Road, Katonah
Phone: 914 232 6572
TUESDAY-FRIDAY 10-4:00

 

The Mount Kisco InterFaith Food Pantry

How to Help
The United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco, 300 East Main Street (at the corner of Smith Avenue)
Phone: 914-610-5187
Tuesday – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday – 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

 

Sharing Works and Harvest Community Project

Distributing fresh produce 1st/2nd Saturday in August thru the last Saturday in October.  at Antioch Baptist Church, Bedford Hills

Contact Wendy Webb-Weber about how to donate produce and for more information. Or contact Antioch Baptist Church, Rev. Merle D. McJunkin, Pastor- Telephone: 914-241-0189 or via Email.

 

Please email Bedford 2020 if you would like to share information about other local food rescue and sharing organizations here.

Sweet Potato Egg Bake

A Sweet Potato Egg Bake will work perfectly with local eggs and leftover sweet potatoes mixed up as a mash with bacon, cheese an herbs (mash recipe below). Put the mash in a ramekin and top with an egg. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Great way to avoid wasting those delicious leftover sweet potatoes.

Black Green Friday

Pound Ridge Organics has set up an Ask the Chef Thanksgiving Leftover Hotline Friday November 24, 2017, to assist the Bedford 2020 community with creative meal planning with your holiday leftovers! Phone lines will be open from 10:00-4:00 (914) 764-3006 or email off-hours – they will respond to every inquiry in a timely manner.

 Visit Baker Bettie for more Thanksgiving leftover ideas.
Click here for more information about Pound Ridge Organics and their delicious local eggs.

 

Pound Ridge Organics

Photo credit ©Elaine Lloyd for Pound Ridge Organics This is one of Donna’s favorite photos taken at Pound Ridge Organics Co-Op outside the hen house/nursery. “These are a rare breed indeed ‘French Black Copper Marans’. They have feathered feet that look like slippers and the hens lay dark chocolate brown eggs. They are super sweet birds and good layers. This will fascinate you — the chicks in the photo were six weeks old. If they were industrial birds – they would be heading to slaughter. This photo is a perfect example of the problem with the poultry industry. At 4 – 6 weeks (slaughter age on CAFOs) heritage birds are still tiny little babies that can fit in the palm of your hand.”

Pound Ridge Organics Co-Op provides everything from 100% pastured meats, organic local produce, pies and desserts – to bees wax candles and locally produced eco-friendly laundry detergent. However, their “number one product” is eggs, which are 100% heritage, organic, animal welfare approved and certified humane.

Healthy Heritage Chickens

Owner Donna Simons currently runs the only hatchery in the northeast specializing in standard breed chickens. While caring for heritage birds requires much more patience and input from the farmer, many believe it’s worth it since it results in birds that are active, healthy, proportional, spry and live long productive lives – and they produce great eggs!

These heritage birds are drastically different from the chickens most commonly used by commercial farms. Chickens from C.A.F.O.s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) experience unnaturally rapid growth rate and disproportional size, reaching adult weight in only six weeks, while heritage chickens take four times as long. Furthermore, Simons refuses to use artificial light and heat in the barns to increase winter egg production, like commercial operations do, because it is disruptive to the bird’s natural molting process and reduces the amount of eggs each hen will produce over her lifetime.

“People are fearful about what’s in their food and daunted by the misleading labels on egg cartons, like: ‘cage free’, ‘free range’, ‘natural’ and ‘fed a vegetarian diet’. The latter is the most absurd since chickens are not vegetarians – they are omnivores. During my classes off site and on my farm, I teach how to decipher labels and how to shop. Of all the roles I play, I think that’s the most important one.” – Donna Simons

Good Eggs

Simons’ patient processes, vast outdoor living space for natural foraging, and a nutritious, diverse, organic diet (that includes Simons’s home-made immune boosting probiotic supplements), create eggs that have deep yellow yolks and exceptional taste. “Pound Ridge Organics eggs get incredible reviews,” said Simons. “Folks come up from Manhattan to buy my eggs and say they’re better than anything they’ve tasted at Union Square Market.” I’m not surprised because of what goes into them.”

Pound Ridge Organics eggs were given an ‘A’ rating from the California based consumer group, BuyingPoultry.com and is one of only thirty-two farms in NYS included in the ASPCA ‘Shop with Your Heart’ program.

Chicken Connection

By raising chickens with patience, Simons has cultivated deeply personal relationships with her chickens and has learned much about their social habits. Because the hens are not slaughtered when they stop laying eggs, the older birds are around to teach the younger ones things like where to hide, how to bathe and what to eat.

Simons has also picked up some chicken vocabulary and claims, “I do speak chicken, by the way.” According to Simons, “Adult birds make a high-pitched chirping sound to inform the younger birds that there is something they should eat. Their language is so sophisticated that they actually have different calls to warn others about ground predators as opposed to predators from the sky.” She goes on to explain, “My alpha male even has a five-syllable name for me. It’s fascinating to hear and witness — they have an incredible vocabulary.”

Human Connection

Simons emphasizes that her mission does not end with food and ethical animal husbandry, but human welfare as well. “Everyone along the food chain, especially the farmers, should be treated humanely, have safe working conditions, and be paid fairly for their product so they can support their families,” says Simons. She strongly believes that all of her work on her farm and through the organizations she works with interconnects and the benefits can be experienced in the food she provides the community. “Ethically produced food has immense benefits for humans, animals and the environment and needless to say, contains more nutrients and tastes better.”

Shop Local!

To purchase Simon’s beautiful eggs through her co-op, contact poundridgeorganics@icloud.com and visit her website, www.poundridgeorganics.com

Pound Ridge Organics has set up a complimentary ‘Ask The Chef’ hotline this Friday November 24th to assist the Bedford 2020 community with creative meal planning using all of your Thanksgiving leftovers. Phone lines will be open from 10:00-4:00 (914) 764-3006 or email off-hours to PoundRidgeOrganics@iCloud.com – they will respond to every inquiry in a timely manner.

Donna Simons, Owner, Pound Ridge Organics

More About Pound Ridge Organics and Donna Simons

Simons has been recognized for her work in animal welfare—Pound Ridge Organics is the first and only farm in Westchester to receive Animal Welfare Approval, the highest environmental and ethical standard possible for livestock. She is a frequent presenter at conferences that focus on clean food, animal welfare, and environmental preservation including: NOFA, Northeast Organic Farming Association, Farm Forward, Isabella Freedman Environmental Center, and Slow Food.

Simons also serves as chairman of Slow Food Metro North, the Westchester/Putnam and Fairfield Counties branch of Slow Food USA, which focuses on education and programming related to food practices that are ‘Good, Clean and Fair.’

For more information on ethical farming practices and a healthy local food system, Donna recommends you visit:

Falling For You… Leaves are a Great Resource

Stop!

Why rake or use noisy, air polluting leaf blowers to get rid of leaves when you don’t have to? Why spend money on mulch and fertilizer when you can make your own out of those same leaves?

Chop!

When chopped up by your lawnmower, or by a designated leaf-mulching mower, leaves will fertilize the soil as they break down.

Any lawnmower can do the job. It is recommended that you cut the lawn no shorter than 3 inches, and just mow over your leaf-filled yard a few times during the season.

Soil!

If you just can’t stand the look of mulched leaves, or feel that your leaf-mulch cover is too thick on your lawn, then you can add mulched leaves into garden beds, flower beds, or around trees by raking them – or by using a bag on your mower to collect them.

Want to reclaim an area of your yard with poor soil? Cover it with leaves and let them sit all winter. By the spring the bottom of the leaf pile will be converted into rich soil, and you can use the middle and top layers as mulch, or dig that great material into garden beds as a soil amendment.

Less Leaf Blowing!

While you are leaving your leaves on your lawn, you are also cutting down on the use and gas powered leaf blowers, a huge health hazard and noise polluting nuisance.  Click here to see the new Town of Bedford flyer about leaf blowers.

For more information visit Leave Leaves Alone where you can learn more about leaf mulching and the damaging impact leaf blowers have on our health and our community.

Vote Yes on Bedford Open Space Referendum

Bedford residents, on Nov. 7th don’t forget to vote YES on the Open Space Referendum: The Town of Bedford Open Space Park and Water Protection Fund.

The Open Space Park and Water Protection Fund raises money for the Town of Bedford to acquire open space property for active and passive park and recreational uses and for surface and ground water protection.

The need to preserve open space was part of the vision of our community, and was incorporated into Comprehensive Master Plan, and later was a key element of the Town’s Climate Action Plan.

Vote YES! Open space benefits everyone and protects our unique visual character, our sense of place, environmentally sensitive areas, wildlife habitats, and our air and drinking water.

Important land that has been preserved using this fund in the past includes:

  • Tom Burke Memorial Preserve, Bedford Hills/7.5 acres
  • Zema’s Farm, Katonah/9.5 acres
  • Leatherman’s Ridge, Bedford Hills/34 acres
  • Vernon Hills, Bedford Village/3.3 acres
  • Ridge Road, Katonah/17 acres
  • Twin Lakes, Bedford Village/20 acres (pictured)

Over 90 acres of land have been preserved, all of which are located within the three hamlets in the Town of Bedford. The Open Space Fund has made it possible to partner with other organizations and neighbors to raise the much needed capital required to make the above purchases a realty.

This referendum asks you to agree to a modest increase in the tax levy to protect water quality and preserve our quality of life in Bedford. When first enacted the Open Space levy was 3% and was reduced to 1% during the recession. This referendum asks you to approve a modest increase and raise it by one-quarter of one percent each year beginning in 2019 until 2022 at which point it would remain at 2%. We have been told that this will be less than $4/month for the average Bedford homeowner.

With land development trends and population growth, it’s critical to take action now while we have the opportunity to preserve open spaces and areas critical to protect resources.

Let’s ensure what we have today is still here tomorrow. Tuesday, Nov. 7th, VOTE YES!

Recycling Discount

Between Single Stream Recycling and Community Compost (or composting on your property), you will have very little trash.

If you have less than 35 gallons waste, you should get a discount on your curbside trash pick up.

Contact your carter

City Carting

County Waste

Winter Brothers

And say:

I am calling about the Recycling Discount. I understand that B2020 has asked and you have agreed to give a recycling discount for all curbside customers who have les than 35 gallons of waste. I am such a customer and I would like to get the discount.

Become a Community Partner


Bedford 2020 will be hosting a Climate Action Summit on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Fox Lane High School in Bedford NY. We hope that you will join us as a Partner!

The Bedford 2020 Climate Summit will address the urgent need for immediate, local and regional action – from Westchester County to the Hudson Valley and Long Island  – to create and implement solutions to Climate Change in the 11 counties surrounding NYC (with a population of 4,870,000 and 314 municipalities).

The event will engage 1,000 attendees and will feature nationally renowned climate change experts, policy makers, business leaders, and organizers who will speak, run workshops and panel discussions, and participate in a dynamic and interactive Expo.

Partners will be listed as supporters of the event on the Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit webpage and in signage at the Event.  We ask Summit Partners to spread the word about this Summit to their constituents a few times before February 3rd.

Our Partners also may choose to attend a strategy Session, help with pre-planning, Volunteer at the event, participate in the Expo, Engage their membership, make a Donation or become a Sponsor.  To help with outreach and participate in one or more of these ways, please let us know using the links below. Thank you!

To be a Partner and help us spread the word about the event or to volunteer, fill out the form below.

Feb. 3, 2018 - Climate Summit Partner ParticipationForm

Feb. 3, 2018 - Climate Summit Partner ParticipationForm

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To apply to be in the Expo, click here

To become a Sponsor, click here.

To make a Donation click here or please mail a check to Bedford 2020 Coalition, PO Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

Questions? Contact us or call (914) 620-2411.

Sponsor Information and Application

The Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit will engage up to 1,000 people who want to seize opportunities to impact our future and the future of our planet.

Please fill out the form below to apply to be a Sponsor of this action-oriented event on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY.

Overview

The Bedford 2020 Climate Summit will address the urgent need for immediate, local and regional action – from Westchester County to the Hudson Valley and Long Island  – to create and implement solutions to Climate Change in the 11 counties surrounding NYC (with a population of 4,870,000 and 314 municipalities).

The event will engage 1,000 attendees and will feature nationally renowned climate change experts, policy makers, business leaders, and organizers who will speak, run workshops and panel discussions, and participate in a dynamic and interactive Expo.

Promotion

The Climate Action Summit will be heavily promoted through local media as well as by Bedford 2020 and our Partners throughout the region who will disseminate information through e-blasts, social media and flyers to their extensive audiences. This outreach will be seen by tens of thousands of highly-engaged residents of Hudson Valley, Westchester, and Long Island who are motivated around accountability, sustainability, and energy independence. Sponsor names will be included in all promotion efforts.

Sponsor Information

There are a limited number of signature sponsorship opportunities available for the Bedford 2020 Climate Action Summit.  See below for information about sponsorship levels and the benefits associated with each.  If you would like to apply to become a sponsor, please fill out the form below.  For more information contact Midge Iorio, Executive Director, midge.iorio@bedford2020.org; (914) 620-2411.

After your sponsorship has been approved, please email a high-resolution file of your Company Logo to midge.iorio@bedford2020.org and mail the Sponsorship Fee, payable to Bedford 2020 Coalition, to P.O. Box 812, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

Sponsor Application

Sponsor Application

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Signature Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

Climate Champion: $10,000

  • Top Billing as a premiere Sponsor
  • Sponsor name and/or logo included on all publicity materials, website, media 
communications and prominently displayed at the Event.
  • Naming rights to a section of the Event
  • Complimentary Premium Expo table in prominent, high-traffic location
  • 6 admission tickets (includes lunch)
  • Access to VIP/Media room at the Event

Climate Protector: $5,000 


  • Billing as a second tier Sponsor
  • Sponsor name and/or logo included on all publicity materials, website media 
communications and at the Event.
  • Naming rights to section of Expo or Workshop
  • Complimentary Expo table in prominent, high-traffic location
  • 3 admission tickets (includes lunch)
  • Access to VIP/Media room at the Event

Climate Supporter: $3,000

  • Billing as a third tier Sponsor
  • Sponsor name on publicity materials, website and Event signage
  • Complimentary Expo table
  • 2 admission tickets
  • Access to VIP/Media room at the Event

If you have questions or would like to discuss, please 
contact: Midge Iorio, Executive Director, Bedford 2020: midge.iorio@bedford2020.org (914) 620-2411, office; (914) 589-2385, cell.

Thank you!