Westchester and Fairfield Counties have a number of gardening organizations and educational facilities that can help expand your knowledge as a gardener, a grower, or an environmentalist. They will also connect you to businesses that will help you grow and learn. Help build a community of growers! In this section — Community — we have organized knowledge and resources for you.

Garden Clubs

Many garden clubs enhance their local communities, their schools, nature preserves and libraries with horticultural and environmental projects.  There is often a membership application process.

  • Bedford Garden Club
  • Rusticus Garden Club
  • Pound Ridge Garden Club
  • Hopp Ground Garden Club
Educational Institutions

Extensive course offerings are available at many local institutions that will enlighten and delight.  Take one and get started!

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is a working crop farm and environmental education facility located in Yorktown Heights, NY.  It acts as a regional education hub offering programs on healthy and sustainable food production, skills for small-scale suburban and urban farmers, and sustainable living practices for local communities.

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.

Cornell Cooperative Extension generates and extends knowledge about fruits, vegetables, and landscape plants for the purpose of sustaining the environment, enhancing economic vitality, and improving the quality of life for individuals and communities. A resource unequaled in our community for garden-based learning, it is your ‘portal to gardening information’.

Religious Entities: Churches and synagogues should be encouraged by their congregations to start community vegetable gardens.  This kind of activity engages their congregation with the community and has roots in  biblical teaching.

Local Organizations Dedicated to Fostering Environmental Projects

The mission of the Bedford 2020 Coalition 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.

InterGenerate helps build strong communities by creating environmental and social sustainability around shared concerns for food security.

The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community.

The Bedford Audubon Society promotes conservation and protection of wildlife habitats in the Northern Westchester and Eastern Putnam region through education, advocacy, nature study and birdwatching.

Glynwood believes that the rural working landscape is one of civilization’s highest achievements.  They maintain that farming done in harmony with the natural environment can be both economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

Founded in 1983, NOFA-NY is a statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting sustainable, local, organic food and farming that’s good for people and the planet.