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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Bionutrient Food Association Welcomes Gardeners

BFA gardening group visiting private farm in Bedford.

Westchester residents wanting to grow their own nutritious food can get help through the Westchester Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association—a group of gardeners, farmers, families, nutritionists and chefs who believe that good soil produces nutritious food, healthy people and a clean environment.

“The BFA’s mission is to improve the quality of the food supply. Organic is a good start, but it does not guarantee nutrition,” says BFA leader Ellen Best. “We meet at small Westchester farms and observe the techniques of farmers and backyard gardeners. We keep in touch with a newsletter, online presentations and in-person workshops whenever possible—things like how to create good soil, what and when to plant vegetables, even how to grow and harvest all year round.”

Gardeners of all experience levels are welcome to join, she says. Those who are new to gardening can learn how to start a garden quickly and easily at almost no cost, and where to get help as it grows.

For more information, visit To sign up for the BFA newsletter and to receive announcements about upcoming events, email [email protected]