Our Environmental Food Team is a program that brings older adults together for fun seminars on the history of food, cooking lessons and demonstrations, and field trips to local sustainable farms and gardens. There are occasional intergenerational events with youth from the area. All events are free and open to the public.

Why Join the Environmental Food Team?

  • Free Weekly Lectures
  • Opportunities For Getting Involved
  • Friendship
  • Free Tours
  • Free Interesting Movies
  • Fun
  • Free T-Shirts
  • Free Food Tastings
  • Free Veggies

Click to here view the Spring 2013 Schedule

SCHEDULE: Unless otherwise noted, events meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, located at 29 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers.

Groundwork’s Office is located at 22 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701.

All Wednesday events and activities are free and open to all adults 55+ years. Financial assistance may be available for select field trips. To insure a seat on the bus, please sign up for the trips in advance. NOTE: IF THE DAY’S FORECAST PREDICTS MORE THAN A DUSTING OF SNOW THE TRIP IS CANCELED. For more information contact Curt Collier at (914) 375-2151, or curt@groundworkhv.org.

Bringing Nutrition to Yonkers…One Vegetable at a Time

What You Get:

Free Weekly Lectures on “The History of Food”

Free Field Trips to Farms and Gardens

Free Tours of the Science Barge for You and Your Family

Free Produce from the Science Barge

Free T-shirts for Participation

Free Recipes and Preparation ideas for Locally-Grown Produce

Volunteer Opportunities to Teach Youth About Healthy Eating

Fall Lineup

Pentagon:            All Events are Free          and open to Adults          55 Years and Older!Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30 (Locations as noted)

August 31st:Fall Gathering and Team Kick-Off (PMH – Philipse Manor Hall)

September 7th:Thomas Jefferson and the “Agrarian Society” (PMH)

September 11th:Volunteers Needed: Come work the Food Team booth during Riverfest (at the Science Barge 10 am- 2 pm)

September 14th: 1:00 p.m. (note special time) – Chocolate Covered Bacon (What Our Cravings Tell Us) (PMH)

September 21st:Canning Lesson – Canning Bread and Butter Pickles – (take home a jar of pickles) (22 Main)

September 28th:Book Review – Michael Pollan’s “The Botany of Desire(PMH)

October 5th:TOUR: THE SCIENCE BARGE (meet at the Science Barge; behind train station end of Dock Street on Hudson River)

October 12th:Beatrix Potter:The Conservationist Who Saved England’s Lake District (PMH)

October 19th:The Harvest Conundrum: Food Preservation and the Economics of Eating (PMH)

October 26th: TOUR:New York’s High Line Park and Chelsea’s Jack-o-lanterns (meet at 22 Main)

November 2nd:A Double Half Caf With Half & Half Latte and Other Ways We Enjoy Coffee (PMH)

November 9th: FILM: King Corn (documentary on how our agriculture practices impact our world) (22 Main)

November 16th: FILM:Big River (follow-up documentary on the broader environmental impact of corn) (22 Main)

November 23rd: The Evolution of Thanksgiving; a Historical Look at an American Holiday (PMH)


December 7th:How World War II Shaped American Culinary Traditions (PMH)

December 14th:Holiday Musings While Eating Rum-Soaked Fruitcake (PMH)


Sponsored in part through the generous support of the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation

and Philipse Manor Hall








Bringing Nutrition to Yonkers

One Vegetable At A Time