Yorktown Heights: U-Pick Vegetables and Farm Stand. Harvest organically grown vegetables and flowers on Saturdays. Bring a picnic lunch and explore our hiking trails. Open every Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the summer and fall. Check out www.HilltopHanoverFarm.org for available produce. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Yorktown Heights: Preserving the Harvest: Pickling Workshop. Registration required; $25 per person, $10 for children ages 8-12. 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Somers: Tour of the Lasdon Memorial Garden. Join the horticulturist for a walk through a fragrance garden, a shrub border and a formal garden. Meet at the garden gate. 2 p.m. Free. Lasdon Park, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial, 2610 Amawalk Road.
Ossining: Walking Tour of Historic Sparta Neighborhood. Also Aug. 10. Tour will begin at the Jug Tavern (Rockledge Avenue and Revolutionary Road, behind the CVS). Participants will then walk about six blocks through the neighborhood learning about the historic homes in the landmarked district. The tour is free, but participation is limited to 20 people. For a reservation, contact email@example.com. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Free. Jug Tavern, 74 Revolutionary Road, 914-945-0674.
Yonkers: Untermyer Gardens Tour. Untermyer Gardens is an unusual Persian garden, plus much more, on a former estate overlooking the Hudson River. This Landmark designated site has a very interesting background story and is undergoing an extensive long-term restoration. There is a docent-led tour every Sunday until November, 90 minutes in length, with no pre-registration needed. 11 a.m. $10; 12 and under free. Untermyer Park & Gardens, 945 N. Broadway, (914) 512-0436.
Yorktown Heights: Couples Cooking with Chef Donna Simons of Pound Ridge Organics. Bring a bottle of wine, someone special, and savor the satisfaction of a homemade meal. Limited to 12 couples, online registration required, $95 per couple. 7 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Somers: Tour of the Lasdon Main House. Also Aug. 17. Learn about the history of Lasdon during a tour with the horticulturist. Meet at the Shop at Lasdon. Reservations required at 914-864-7264. 2 p.m. Free. Lasdon Park, Arboretum & Veterans Memorial, 2610 Amawalk Road, 914-864-7264.
Yorktown Heights: Pests & Disease in the Garden. This class will focus on sustainable and earth-friendly methods to keep your garden healthy and blooming for years to come. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children ages 8-12. 2 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Yorktown Heights: Cheese-Making 101. Join cheese guru Carol Lakes, owner of SimpleCheeseMaking.com, for a hands-on workshop on the art of cheese-making. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children ages 8-12. www.HilltopHanoverFarm.org/Events 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
New City: Compost Workshop. 10 a.m. $15. Cropsey Community Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Road, 845-634-3167.
Stony Point: Free Demonstration Garden Tours at Cornell. Visitors can tour the beautiful gardens and learn which plants grow best in the Lower Hudson Valley. Gardens include: The Ralph Snodsmith Perennial Garden; Hillside and Shade Garden; Fern Garden; Herb Garden; Native Plants; and the Rain Garden. Rain or shine on the last Sunday of each month through October. Children welcome. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Free. 10 Patriot Hills Lane, 845-429-7085.
Valhalla: Open Day at the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College. Tour the Demonstration Gardens and learn about low-maintenance, wildlife-friendly plants that are native to the northeastern United States. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla. 914-606-6600, www.sunywcc.edu/about/the-native-plant-center
New City: New City Library Local Tour: Cropsey Community Farm. Enjoy lunch on the farm; meet at the farm. $10. Limited registration: Call 845-634-4997 ext. 139 11 a.m. $10. Cropsey Community Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Road.
Yorktown Heights: Planning Your Fall Garden. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children ages 8-12. www.HilltopHanoverFarm.org/Events 2 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Putnam Valley: Country Auction. First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac will hold a country auction featuring live and silent auction. Rain or Shine. Preview from 9-10 a.m. Refreshments. Donations of new and used items are requested. Tax receipts on request. Find on Facebook: “First Presbyterian Church Country Auction.” Call 845-528-4565 to arrange for free local pickup of donated items. Delivery service will be available after the auction for a fee. For more information call 845-628-2365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 a.m. Northfork Stables, 61 Bryant Pond Rd.
Yorktown Heights: Preserving the Harvest: Canning. Join farmer Will Summers of the Stony Point Center for this hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn how to turn your tomatoes into tasty salsas and sauces. Registration required; $25 per person, $10 for children ages 8-12. www.HilltopHanoverFarm.org/Events 9 a.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St. 914-962-2368.
Yorktown Heights: Couples Cooking with Maria Reina, owner of Bella Cucina Maria. You and your partner will learn how to cook from scratch several healthy and delicious restaurant-quality recipes. Bring a bottle of wine, someone special, and savor the satisfaction of a homemade meal. Limited to 12 couples, online registration required, $95 per couple. 7 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St. 914-962-2368.
Chappaqua: Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden Tour. Learn how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. There will be over 80 species of flowers and shrubs to enjoy and a handout listing the best nectar and host plants. Led by Donna Lassiter. 10 a.m.-noon. $5/person suggested donation. Saw Mill River Audubon Pruyn Sanctuary, 275 Millwood Road. 914-666-6503.
Yorktown Heights: Hilltop Hike. Join naturalist Wilson Chang for a guided hike around the property. Learn all about Westchester’s local flora and fauna on this free two hour walk through the woods. www.HilltopHanoverFarm.org/Events 10 a.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., (914) 962-2368.
Yorktown Heights: Seed Saving for the Home Gardener. Join expert seed saver Shanyn Siegel for a practical, hands-on workshop. Learn the all the tips and tricks you’ll need to know to successfully harvest, clean, and store your seeds for next season. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children ages 8-12. Cwww.HilltopHanoverFarm.org/Events 10 a.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., (914) 962-2368.
Yorktown Heights: Fermented Foods. The art of fermentation has been used for thousands of years to preserve harvests and to help maintain digestive health. Join Mike Fedison, head farmer at Purdy’s Farmer the Fish, for this hands-on workshop on the benefits of fermented foods, and learn how to make your own sauerkraut and kimchi from scratch. Registration required; $25 per person, $10 for children ages 8-12.www.HilltopHanoverFarm.org/Events 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., (914) 962-2368.
New City: Seed Selection and Starts at Home! The workshop will cover the basics of seed selection, timing, growing mediums, germination, lighting and making the most of your soil. Farmer Shane Hardy will discuss why you might choose one seed for a 250 member CSA and another for a small home garden. Be prepared to get get soiled with soil. 10 a.m. $15. Cropsey Community Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Rd., (845) 634-3167.
Mahopac: Become a Master Gardener training program. Master Gardener volunteers provide university-tested, science-based education to home gardeners through Cornell Cooperative Extension. The MG volunteers help thousands of homeowners grow healthier plants, learn about the county‘s ecosystems & natural resources and help protect the environment. They learn to use fewer synthetic pesticides, to garden under drought conditions, to prevent & control plant diseases and more. Classes are held on Wednesdays, Sept. 3 to Nov. 19, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. $350. Mahopac Public Library, 668 Rt 6 N