Amazon Smile Gives Back

You may now support Bedford 2020 with every purchase you make on Amazon! Amazon Smile provides a simple and automatic way for you to support our work in the community by having Amazon make a donation to Bedford 2020 every time you shop.

By clicking HERE or on the image to the left, you will enter AmazonSmile, where you will be asked to sign in to your Amazon account and confirm your choice to support Bedford 2020.

Then, simply shop like you normally do on Amazon by using Smile.Amazon.com every time you shop, and Amazon will donate a portion of your payment back to our organization. Easy!

If you prefer just to make a direct, tax-deductible donation to Bedford 2020, visit our Donate page to learn how. Thank you!

 

Truck Restaurant

Anyone who has driven by Truck in the evenings can attest to the completely full parking lots, something that does not even do justice to the true popularity of this local restaurant. Walking through the doors you are greeted by the tangling vines creating a miniature jungle winding along the steps, before you enter into the boisterous room and catching a glimpse of the many cakes and desserts temptingly on display. 

But while the ambiance and the subtle decor is delightful, it is the food made with fresh ingredients straight from the garden and local farms that has people coming back.  

We had a chance to catch up with Nancy Roper, the owner and founder of Truck to learn some of the secrets that help make the place run and flourish. Truck Restaurant purchases their ingredients from local farms including Sunsprout, Cabbage Hill, Fort Hill Farm, Riverbank, Blue Slope, Happy Acres, Beltane, along with three different places for farm fresh eggs. They also have smaller farms where they purchase more select and seasonable items such as rhubarb, yellow watermelon, or raspberries. Another source of their produce is Hudson Valley Harvest, a network that helps collect and distribute products from local farms to increase access to local food.

They also have a local garden behind the restaurant with different beds of veggies and herbs. Some of the beds are enclosed with bamboo teepees made by Truck’s carpenter from a local bamboo field. 

Everything Nancy grows in her home garden and at the Truck garden is used in the restaurant. From the different beds overflowing with basil and cilantro and a colorful assortment of herbs and vegetables, to the bright orange and blue flowers popping out from the teepees, it is clear that the ingredients used are top notch. The giant squash blossoms and ruby tomatoes are just so temptingly waiting to be picked. And the tip she swears by that makes her two gardens flourish- compost! She put it simply saying, “when the soil is healthy, plants are healthy, the good bugs and birds are healthy.” Their great composting makes for the delicious food that comes out in their kitchen. And if you want to try the local veggie tacos at home, check out the recipe courtesy of Truck Restaurant.

Like Nancy says, composting is key. If you want to start composting join our community compost program and get some tips for composting at home on our Get the Dirt on Compost page.

 

Summit Speaker Form

Summit Speaker Form

Thanks for being a Climate Action Summit Speaker! Please fill out this form to help us be ready for you on Feb 3rd.

We will contact you to ask for your A/V materials 2 days prior to the event so that we may test them. Please also bring your materials on a flash drive to the event as a back up.
Websites are generally blocked on the school network and will need to be pre-approved and un-blocked by high school staff prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Volunteer at the Summit

Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering at the Climate Action Summit on Feb. 3rd by filling out the form below. We will follow up with more specific opportunities for you. Thanks!

If you have questions, please contact us.

Volunteer Interest Form_Summit
We will ask you to sign up for a 1-3 hour time slot during the above times.

Greenlight Mid-Way Report

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.

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.

 

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 Summit 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). Click here for an overview.

The event will engage hundreds of 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.