Aaaand … I’m back with more garden talk and connecting to the land. I can’t help it! Now’s the time to start thinking about the season ahead. Seed companies are already selling out of some popular varieties, but local gardeners are happy to share — and it’s free. Besides acquiring seeds, you’re bound to pick up some tips and find folks who are happy to help you. This weekend, there are two opportunities to pick up some seeds and get into the groove. You’ll find mostly vegetable and flower seeds at the Seed Swap at Westchester Land Trust, sponsored by the local Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association (I’m part of the group) Sunday, Jan. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., located at 403 Harris Road, Bedford Hills. For native plant seeds, there’s a Winter Seeding Event the same day at the Bedford Hills Community House, sponsored by Healthy Yards from 2 to 4 p.m., located at 74 Main St., Bedford Hills.
Anne Fernqvist and her family are connecting to the land in a global way. They don’t have to worry about the price of oil, since they don’t use any. Fired up with four wood stoves, solar panels and a couple acres of trees to use (and replant), they are committed to living a sustainable life and reducing their carbon footprint. Making the move from Brooklyn in 2011, they wanted to live walking distance from town and fell in love with an historic house that, unfortunately, leaked air like a sieve. They had to insulate, add better windows and basically plug up all the cracks. With Wittus – Fire by Design right across the street, they were immediately attracted to both the design and efficiency of the stoves. The stoves do the best they can, Anne reports, in a house that has low ceilings, small rooms and poor air circulation.