Garden Volunteers Needed

in Essential Ramblings

Did you know that Westchester Land Trust’s Sugar Hill Farm headquarters and its surrounding land are known to have been farmed all the way back to the founding of Bedford in 1680?   With this in mind, we are so proud to be back in agricultural production. Last year, through a partnership with the Food Bank of Westchester and the efforts of local farmer (and Food Bank staffer) Doug DeCandia, fresh produce from Sugar Hill Farm was distributed to over 200 area hunger relief agencies. As one of five area properties that Doug manages, Sugar Hill Farm helped contribute over 18,000 servings of local organic vegetables to Westchester residents in need.  BUT DOUG NEEDS YOUR HELP!   Sugar Hill Farm is a demanding venture requiring a great deal of work to keep it maintained and productive. We’re looking for volunteers on an ongoing basis to weed, plant, dig, water and harvest. If you are curious about organic farming, looking for a meaningful service project, or itching to put your green thumb to work, please join us on the 4th Thursday of every month from now through the end of October – rain or shine! – between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm. And if you only have an hour to spare – that’s fine too!   Save these dates: Thursday, Aug 23,  Thursday, Sept. 27, Thursday, Oct. 25.  If you can help on on any or all of these days, please RSVP to in advance so we can plan our tasks accordingly. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll email you a summary of the jobs for that day – all you have to do is bring your gardening gloves!  (sturdy shoes are also recommended)   You will join a team of several workers who are helping Doug that day.  You may leave a bit dirty and a bit tired, but you will have benefited from making a significant contribution to those families in our community who lack access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food.  To find out more about the Westchester Land Trust, visit