Healthy Yards Festival Celebrates Pollinators

Hundreds came out for our second annual Healthy Yards Earth Day Festival in Bedford Hills on Sunday. Kids and adults enjoyed the activities, information, food, and community spirit! Attendees picked up literature, plants, seeds and supplies, kids did crafts and saw live animals. Everyone learned about the importance of protecting pollinators by having a healthy yard.

Thank you to the organizations and businesses that participated, the attendees who made it such a success, and the volunteers who made it all happen, especially event chairs Filippine Hoogland and Fiona Mitchell. See below for link to more photos!

Organizations and volunteers with great info about healthy yard practices included:

  • Bedford 2020’s Water and Land Use Task Force and the Bedford Pollinator Pathway
  • Bedford Conservation Board
  • Bedford Audubon
  • Bionutrient Food Association
  • Branch Out and the Bedford Garden Club
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension “Ask a Gardener”
  • Dark Skies
  • Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers
  • iNaturalist
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Leave Leaves Alone
  • Mount Kisco Conservation Advisory Council
  • Native Plant Center
  • Rusticus Garden Club
  • Westchester Land Trust and H2H

Businesses who promoted plants and supplies included

  • Mill River Supply
  • Green Jay Landscaping
  • Nature of Things
  • Plan it Wild
  • Shades of Green

Community organizations greeted attendees with information about local activities, initiatives and events, including:

  • Bedford Hills Live
  • Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association
  • Bedford Hills Library
  • Community Center of Northern Westchester
  • Coffee with a Cop (Bedford Police)
  • HeatSmart Contractors: Bruni & Campisi, Dandelion Energy, and Healthy Home
  • Katonah Sunrise
  • Stepping Stones

Bedford Hills businesses Meme’s Bakery sold coffee and treats and Nolvi’s Deli sold delicious empanadas, tacos and quesadillas. Yum!

Thank you again to everyone who made the Earth Day Festival a huge success. Thank you to the Town of Bedford for their co-sponsorship as well!

To see more photos from the event visit us on Facebook And consider liking our page while you are there!

We hope to see you again next year!