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.


Community Compost FAQs

Below are links to answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Town of Bedford’s Community compost program. If you have a question that is not answered here, contact us.

Community Compost

Town of Bedford residents may dispose of organic food waste at the Recycling Center on Railroad Ave in Bedford Hills on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am-3pm.

How it works

Pay a one-time, nonrefundable fee of $25 and receive training and a compost kit with two buckets that will make it easy:

A small bucket (1.6 gal) for inside your kitchen (fits under your kitchen sink) to collect food scraps.

A larger bucket (6 gal) with a sealable lid to leave in your garage or outside. Fill this up  with what you collect in the small bin during the week and then use this bin to transport your scraps to the Recycling Center on Saturdays.  Wash and repeat.

Compostable bag liners are sometimes used in one or both bins by those who want less to clean. Bedford 2020 has some available for $5/roll of 25.

Scraps collected at the recycling center will be picked up and taken to an industrial composting facility.

Sign up today

Sign up here and come to our office to get your kit! 

Come to the Bedford 2020 office Mon.-Wed. 10-4 to pay the fee and pick up your kit. The Bedford 2020 office is located in St. Luke’s Parish House at 68 Bedford Road, Katonah.  Please enter the building through the back door on the Katonah Ave. side of the building through the playground gate. If you cannot come during office hours, let us know and we can arrange to meet you another time.


Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, or email or call us at 914-620-2411.

Read about the program in the Record Review!

Thank you for removing organic waste from the waste stream and reducing our carbon footprint!

Food Forum Photo Gallery

Take the Food Forum Action Pledge!

Turn the knowledge and inspiration you gained at the Bedford 2020 Food Forum into action!

Pledge to take at least one action this year and join us in growing a robust and resilient local food system. Your actions matter!

Food Forum - Turning Knowledge into Action

Food Forum Silent Auction

At the Bedford 2020 Food Forum on March 4, 2017, you may bid on some unbelievable auction items!

You won’t want to miss this unique chance to bid on…

  1. Private 2-hour tour of Martha Stewart’s Gardens for 12
  2. Dinner and a Movie: Private Screening for 10 with John Farr of the Bedford Playhouse and Dinner for 10 from Bedford Gourmet
  3. Family Falconry outing with Falconer Master, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  4. Margarita Party for 12 in the Beautiful Gardens at Truck Restaurant
  5. Garden Co-Op Membership at SunRaven Farm: Enjoy Farm Fresh Food all Summer Long
  6. Energize Your Spine with 60-minute Yoga, Reiki and Alexander Technique Sessions
  7. Half Hog: Fresh pork delivered from Three Mile Farm in Fly Creek, NY
  8. Farm Fresh Eggs  and Pure, Raw Wildflower Honey: Eggs for 10 weeks and 2 pounds of local honey from Rainbeau Ridge
  9. Cannondale Adventure Hybird Bike from Hickory and Tweed
  10. Feel the Love: Soup of the Month from Ladle of Love
  11. Private Yoga at Home: 5 sessions, solo or group, with Janell Breck
  12. Dinner for two at Café of Love
  13. Four-Hour Garden Design Consultation with Landscape Designer, Mary Adams Lines
  14. Mind Body Health Basket: Reflexology Session, Ayurvedic Consultation and Three integrative Health & Dosha Coaching Sessions, Donors: Northern Westchester Hospital, Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic Clinic, and the Dosha Coach
  15. A Night at the NYC Ballet
  16. Cocktail Party Hors D’ Oeuvres for 12 from Happiness Is
  17. Dinner for 2 at Restaurant North
  18. Stone Barns Farm Membership
  19. Dinner for 4 at Good Choice Kitchen in Ossining
  20. Basket of Healing: Chinese Medicine Consultation with Acupuncture, 50% Off Initial Naturopathic Medicine Consultation, DVD The Healing Kitchen by Master Herbalist Andrea Candee – Donors: Dr. Kurt Bell and Andrea Candee, MH, MSC

Food Forum Expo Schedule

Come to the Expo at the Bedford 2020 Food Forum on March 4, 2017 and see exciting demonstrations and interactive displays throughout the day!

8:15am Silent Auction bidding opens
8:30-8:50 am Book signing by Mark Bittman in the Bedford Magazine/Town Vibe Book Corner
8:30 am 9:00 am Yoga and Wellness Demos in the Health and Wellness section in the Commons
9:45 am 10:00 am Food Prep Demo: Grow Your Own Food at the Tower Gardens Table in the Small Gym. Watch time lapse video.
10:00 am 10:30 am Food Prep Demo: Spring Garden Prep and Seed Planting with Hilltop Hanover in the Small Gym
10:30 noon 11:00 pm Food Prep Demo: Everything You Wanted to Know About Eggs with Pound Ridge Organics in the Small Gym
11:00 pm 11:30 pm Food Prep Demo: Brown Sugar Maple Ice Cream with Golden Raisins and Cafloutis by Culinary Institute of America Student Chef, Grayson Silver
11:30 pm 12:00 pm Food Prep Demo: Root Vegetable Probiotic by Chef and Registered Dietician Marie Roth at the Blythedale Children’s Hospital / Interfaith Food Pantry table in the Small Gym
12:35 pm 1:05 pm Food Prep Demo: Tzatziki with Crudite by Chef Constantine Kalandranis from 251 Lex in the Small Gym. Click here for the recipe
1:05 pm 1:35 pm Food Prep Demo: Organic Greens and Shrimp Salad by Chef Michael Kaphan from Farmer and the Fish in the Small Gym
1:33 pm 2:05 pm Food Prep Demo: Plant Burger by Executive Chef Patty Sobol of Northern Westchester Hospital in the Small Gym
1:33 pm 2:05 pm Food Prep Demo: Farro and Kale Rainbow Salad by Culinary Institute of America Student Chef, Rebecca Rodriguez in the Small Gym
2:45 pm Silent Auction bidding closes


Food World Rock Stars Come to Town



Food World Rock Stars Come to Bedford on March 4th for the Bedford 2020 Food Forum

Bedford NY, February 17, 2017 – The Bedford 2020 Food Forum will provide a rare opportunity to hear from leading experts in the local food movement. Mark Bittman of the New York Times, and Wholesome Wave’s Michel Nischan are just two of the remarkable participants in an event that promises to offer an easy to digest menu of food topics, tools, tips and solutions.

Participants will learn how suburban communities can build a healthier, more resilient local food economy that is accessible to all. Topics covered at the Food Forum range from: how and why to buy local food, advocacy around policies that affect food and our communities, expert tips on growing your own food and initiatives to eliminate food waste and increase food distribution to needy recipients. The day will include keynote sessions, workshops and panel discussions led by national and regional authorities as well as “home grown” local experts.

Photo by Scott McDermott

“The goal for the Food Forum is to provide actionable solutions around local food that will have a positive impact on our every day lives and on our community,” says Olivia Farr, Bedford 2020 Food Forum Co-Chair. “To achieve that goal, we have assembled an amazing group of thinkers, policy makers, food experts, chefs and leaders in the food world.”

Mark Bittman, food journalist for The New York Times will deliver the opening keynote address. In addition to two decades at the Times, he is author of 20 acclaimed food books, including How to Cook Everything, and the star of four television series, including Showtime’s Emmy-winning environmental program, “The Years of Living Dangerously”.

Bittman will kick off the Food Forum with a conversation about the relationship between food and climate change. “The links between farming, food, and climate change are more important now than ever,” notes Bittman. “We hear a lot about climate change’s impact on farming, but not so much about the converse; yet tending to our agricultural system can have a huge impact on mitigating climate change, and local food and farming is a big part of that. Bedford 2020’s Food Forum is a way for local residents to better understand the local food movement and bring its potential for real change into their lives.” Bittman will also participate in the Food Forum pop-up bookstore where attendees will have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of his books.

Another keynote address will be delivered by Michel Nischan, award-winning chef and leader in the sustainable food movement. Nischan is founder of Wholesome Wave, a non-profit organization with a mission to increase access to healthy, fresh food for all. He and his Wholesome Wave team were successful at influencing legislative language for the recently passed Federal Farm Bill, which supports affordable access to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables for low income consumers. Nischan is also Co-Founder of the Chefs Action Network, as well as Founder and Partner, with the late actor Paul Newman, of the former Dressing Room Restaurant. Nischan’s address will focus on resilience and local food. Nischan explains, “Resilience is perhaps the most important word of our time, and there is no better way to express its meaning than through a vibrant, local food system. Bedford 2020 Food Forum is the perfect gathering for people to explore how to connect with resilience through knowledge and networking. From growing, to sourcing, to buying — and even to voting — the Forum is a great place to enhance your pursuit of resilience.”

Karen Simons, Bedford 2020 Food Forum Co-Chair, explains the rationale for creating the Forum,

“Whether you want to understand what’s really in our food; listen to a fireside chat featuring local farmers telling insider tales of growing in the Hudson Valley; start beekeeping in your backyard; plant a vegetable garden; or learn about local success stories for feeding the hungry and food rescue, we have something for everyone. The Food Forum offers over 20 sessions led by formidable experts who will provide information, demonstrations and advice that will enable you to finish the day ready and armed to take action.”

Interested in food policy? There’s a workshop on “The Farm Bill: What is it and Why Should I care?” led by U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, and Margot Pollans, Faculty Director at Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative that will cover how the government feeds our nation, supports New York farmers, impacts the local food system and shapes our community.

Want to learn about how to buy the best at your local farmer’s market? The “Know Your Farmer AND Your Farmers Market” panel will give the inside scoop on how to shop like a professional sourcing the very best from local farms and farmers markets. Panelists include, Michel Nischan; Deb Taft, Farmer, Mobius Fields, Annie Cauthren, Board Member, Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow Farmer’s Market and Brian Mansour, Greenhouse Manager, Cabbage Hill Farm

For gardeners, “Healthy Soil and Growing Your Own Food Naturally” will be led by Mike Fedison, Farm Manager at Farmer and the Fish and Doug DeCandia, Farm Growing Program Coordinator at Food Bank for Westchester. Bedford 2020’s own Karen Sabath and Annie Farrell will share their expertise on farming your own “Backyard Bees and Chickens”. Local seeds will be the topic of “Tiny Seeds, Big Differences: Local Seeds Matter” given by Shanyn Siegel, author of The Seed Garden: the Art and Practice of Seed Saving.

“Waste Not” will cover a discussion on rethinking and reusing food waste led by Thomas McQuillan, Chef, Sustainability Leader and Special Project Director at Baldor Specialty Foods. Rene Marion, Director of Education, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, will lead a hands-on cooking workshop on “Meal Planning and Prep to Reconsider Food Waste” at which participants will prepare the ingredients and cook a dish that tells a larger story about food waste.

The Food Forum also includes content geared towards teens, including, “Food, and Doing What You Love”, “Local Impact: How to be a Local Food Advocate”, and “Planet and Plate: Factory Farming’s Impact on the Climate”.

A dynamic Food Forum Expo provides the opportunity to interact with experts at over 75 booths featuring cooking demonstrations, local farmers, a pop-up book store, gardening and composting demonstrations, a farm market, CSA sign-ups, health experts, food policy leaders, local food justice organizations and educators.

A complete list of Food Forum speakers, workshops and expert participants is available online at

Event registration is required. The Bedford 2020 Food Forum will run from 8:30am to 3:00pm on Saturday, March 4th at Fox Lane High School, Route 172, Bedford. Tickets are $25 dollars and include keynote sessions, three self-selected workshops, the Expo and a delicious lunch featuring seasonal local fare provided by Ladle of Love. Student admission is free. Scholarship tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased via the Bedford 2020 website: The event is anticipated to sell out.

The Bedford 2020 Food Forum is sponsored by: Northern Westchester Hospital, Stop and Shop NY Metro Division, Bambi’s Bar at the Bedford Playhouse, Bedford Magazine, Wizard Studios, Curtis Instruments, Clark and Associates Funeral Home and Healthy Home Energy and Consulting. List is in formation. A full list of Food Forum sponsors, supporters and partners can be found on the Bedford 2020 web site.

Bedford 2020 is a non-profit organization leading a grass roots effort in the town of Bedford, NY whose mission is to lead, organize and promote a community wide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and to create a sustainable community that conserves its natural resources. We are reducing emissions and making a difference through community programs that span five action areas, including: Energy, Food & Agriculture, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, and Water & Land Use. Bedford 2020 programs are led by the work of nine Task Forces staffed with over 90 community volunteers.  More information is available at



Press Contact:

Midge Iorio, (914) 620-2411 (office)


Dig In to Share!

Come to the Food Forum on March 4, 2017, and discuss the problem of hunger in Westchester and efforts to bring healthy, fresh food to those who do not always have access to it through sharing, food rescue, and systems that promote equity in our communities. This track also explores avoiding food waste. Come dig in to how you can be involved!

The Share Track at the Bedford 2020 Food Forum on March 4, 2017, will feature panels and workshops on sharing local food.

The Workshops

Feed the Hungry: Local Success Stories: Meet the leaders of the efforts in our community to share healthy, local food with the hungry among us and find out what solutions we can all be a part of.

Food Rescue: Hear from organizations who have tackled food “rescue” from restaurants, stores, and commercial operations to be redistributed to people in need. How can we bring this to our communities?

Rethink Food Waste: Participants will prepare the ingredients and cook a dish that tells a larger story about food waste.

Waste Not: From companies to communities to households, get educated on how we can take action and turn our community’s food waste into gold.

The Expo

There’s More! Visit the Expo to meet vendors and organizations who inspire you to to support efforts to avoid food waste and to share more in our communities and work for food justice! Click here to see the Share Expo participants.


Register today for the Food Forum. Space is limited.

Be inspired to Share! Spend a day interacting with experts and getting inspired to support solutions that bring fresh, local food to all.

And don’t forget, there will be other tracks to visit at the Food Forum: Buy (where and how to buy local food), Eat/Know (how and why to support local food for your health and the health of our communities), and Grow (grow or raise your own local food).

See you on March 4th at the Bedford 2020 Food Forum!

Dig In To Buy Local

Come to the Food Forum on March 4, 2017, and learn about buying local food, and indulge in buying some at the event as well!

Not everyone will buy everything they eat from a local farmer, but we will share with you some fabulous opportunities to experience local food from farm markets, CSAs, farm stands, farm-to-table dining, and at your local grocery store.

The Buy Track at the Bedford 2020 Food Forum on March 4, 2017, will feature panels and workshops on how to buy local food.

The Workshops

Smart and Savvy Shopping will help you discover the best sources for fresh local food and strategies to make delicious meals that please every palate.

Know Your Farmer AND Your Farmers Market will give you the scoop on how to shop like an insider sourcing the very best from local farms and farmers markets. Learn to find the best local produce, fruits, dairy, cheese and more!

The Skinny on What’s Really in Our Food will help you figure out how to shop for healthy, nutritious food, especially when navigating the grocery store.

Farmerside Chat with the Westchester Growers Alliance will inspire you when you hear the stories of our local farmers and get to know them, their farms, and their efforts better.

The Expo

There’s More! Visit the Expo to meet vendors and organizations who inspire you to buy local to support our local food system in whatever way works for you. Come dig in to delicious food!  Click here to see the list of Buy Expo participants.

Get inspired to buy great, fresh, delicious local food. Register today for the Food Forum. Space is limited.

And don’t forget, there will be other tracks to visit at the Food Forum: Share (sharing excess produce with the hungry and avoiding food waste), Eat/Know (how and why to support local food for your health and the health of our communities), and Grow (grow or raise your own local food).

See you on March 4th at the Bedford 2020 Food Forum!