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Bedford Holistic Health Center To Launch Community Garden

SunRaven, a holistic health center and retreat in Bedford, will be launching a garden co-op this spring.
SunRaven, a holistic health center and retreat in Bedford, will be launching a garden co-op this spring. Photo Credit: SlowMedicineLiving/Facebook

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- It may not feel like spring is right around the corner, but some in Bedford are already getting ready for the growing season.

SunRaven, a holistic health center off Guard Hill Road, said by this time next month dozens of residents will be getting their green thumbs dirty as they prepare the soil in a new community garden.

The center, aka the “home of slow medicine,” is run by Dr. Michael and Robin Queen Finkelstein.

Its wooded acres are populated by llamas, horses, and even peacocks, said Tanya Neiman, the Finkelstein’s executive assistant.

SunRaven plans to launch the garden co-op on March 20, Neiman said.

Twenty-five families will spend two days each month planting, cultivating, and reaping organic produce. Once a month co-op members will take part in an “all-hands-on-deck” day with workshops on everything from composting to how to use herbs.

There will also be movie nights and mediation classes, Neiman said.

The real goal is not so much getting fresh produce, but creating an environmentally conscious community, Neiman said.

What’s really neat she said, is that the “all-hands-on-deck” days will be synced with the solar calendar in order to take advantage of the “very high vibrations and energy” produced by the sun.

A professional gardener will be on hand on the days that co-op members sign up for, Neiman said.

Spots are going fast, she said, so those who want to be part of the garden should sign up as soon as possible.

To reach SunRaven, call (914) 218-3113, or visit its website at slowmedicine.org.

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