Food Forum
8:30am 8:30am

Food Forum

Come celebrate local Hudson Valley food, farming, cooking and more at the Bedford 2020 Food Forum on Saturday March 4th at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, NY!
Engage with experts about all things local food
Keynote speakers: NY Times journalist, Mark Bittman and Wholesome Wave founder, Michel Nischan
Choose from 20 expert panels and workshops on Buying, Eating, Growing and Sharing food
Interactive Expo: hands-on display and learning venue with indoor farm market, cooking demos, book corner, gardening and composting demonstrations and muchmore
Fabulous food
Early Registration is encouraged! Scholarships available. High School students free! For more info and to Register Now go to:




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MIMIMALISM Film Screening and Discussion
6:00pm 6:00pm

MIMIMALISM Film Screening and Discussion

Honored Guest: Matt D'Avella, Director

MINIMALISM - A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS, is a feature length documentary from the popular simple-living duo, The Minimalists. The #1 Indie Documentary of 2016, this film examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life. MINIMALISM explores various recipes for how to live a more meaningful, deliberate life. Not a perfect life – not an easy life – but a simple one. Film Website:

Refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm. Film will begin at 6:30 pm (run time: 80 minutes)

Co-sponsored by RCDS Parents Association Environmental and Wellness Committee and The Rye Sustainability Committee

Chairs: Kerry Linderoth, Gretchen Kaye-Crowley and Sara Goddard

Committee: Carrie Berg, Jessica Brown, Sue Drouin, Lori Fontanes, Liz Garrett, Cali Gibbs, Melissa Grieco, Jung Chai, Hanna Cohen, Suzanne Clary, James Elkin, Dorian Feckl, Michele Gershwin, Lucia Girande, Julie Killian, Cathy Lee, Lynn Lee, Linda MacKay, Colleen Margiloff, Jane Ellen Moss, Brit Foster Rothstein, Stacey Simensky, Kelly Smith-Powers, Annalise Stack, Rose Dickson Stewart, Danielle Tagger-Epstein, Maria Talpins, Caroline Vary, Amy Wolff

The event is free and open to the public. Please register through eventbrite here.

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Trees in Trouble Film & Discussion
7:00pm 7:00pm

Trees in Trouble Film & Discussion

Please join the Rye Sustainability Committee, Rye Garden Club and experts from Bartlett Tree for an informative program about the threats to trees of our area and what we can do to protect them.  The 30-minute documentary film, Trees in Trouble will be shown followed by a discussion with certified arborist Frazer Pehmoeller. Frazer has been caring for Westchester’s trees for the past 24 years and specializes in organic care. He will discuss the specific threats he sees in our area and will speak further on the actions suggested in the film which we as a community can take.  

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Workshop: How to Talk to Your Landscaper About Going Organic
9:30am 9:30am

Workshop: How to Talk to Your Landscaper About Going Organic

As part of its on-going healthy yard program, the Rye Sustainability Committee, in partnership with Rye Nature Center, will take an in-depth look at how one Rye resident went from conventional to organic yard care. Program chair Elizabeth Garrett will moderate the conversation between homeowner Stephanie Spierings and her landscaper, Ricardo Acevedo of Greenfield Landscapes, as they walk us through the ins and outs of the process. Audience participation is welcome. Handouts with tips will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register here.

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Design Contest Awards Ceremony
6:00pm 6:00pm

Design Contest Awards Ceremony

Join us as we announce and celebrate the winning designs of the Rye Sustainability Committee's healthy yard design contest, in partnership with The Rye Arts Center. All entrants’ designs will be displayed and prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners. We look forward to an evening of art and celebration and hope you can attend.

The awards ceremony is free and open to the public, but please register here.

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3:00pm 3:00pm

Managing Common Invasive Species in Home Gardens

Learn how to identify and manage non-native plants without the use of pesticides. Help protect the rich biodiversity of wildlife that rely on native species through education and early detection.

Invasive terrestrial plants often spread rapidly, outcompeting native flora and creating hard to remove monocultures. Invasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions. They can be responsible for habitat degradation and loss, loss of native fish, wildlife and tree species,loss of recreational opportunities and diseases in humans.

Master Gardener Ann Barry will show private landowners how to identify and control the most frequently encountered invasive species including Japanese barberry, Norway maple, Oriental bittersweet, mile-a-minute, multiflora rose, garlic mustard, burning bush, black swallowwort, Japanese stiltgrass, wineberry, purple loosestrife and Japanese angelica tree.

This program is the result of a Best Management Practices (BMP) collaboration between the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Rockland County and Hudsonia together with the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (LHPRISM). Co-Sponsors of the event include the Jay Heritage Center, Rye Sustainability Committee, Rye Garden Club and Little Garden Club of Rye.

The program is FREE and open to the public. The talk will be followed by a walk and viewing of live specimens.

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1:00pm 1:00pm

Organic Gardening Talk at Harrison Library

What: Organic Gardening: How to Grow a Healthy Yard

When: Saturday, April 30, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Where: Harrison Public Library, Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building, 2 Bruce Ave, Harrison, NY

Learn how to grow a beautiful garden with natural strategies that can protect wildlife and reduce your family's exposure to synthetic chemicals.

Presented by Taro Ietaka, Director of Conservation & Land Stewardship of the Rye Nature Center and Lori Fontanes, co-head, Rye Healthy Yard Program of the City of Rye Sustainability Committee.

For more information, please view the flyer and visit Harrison Library's Website

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