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Winter Workshops: a Harbinger of Spring!

2017 overview

Are you interested in learning practical horticultural and design skills to incorporate into your home landscape?  And connect with fellow garden enthusiasts? Gear up for the upcoming growing season by attending the following workshops at Farmingdale State College’s Department of Urban Horticulture and Design Sustainable Garden!

February 15, 2020 Time: 10am – 12pm Growing Your Own Food: A Primer for Success      Presenter: Michael Veracka

This workshop will provide attendees with the essential nuts and bolts to create a garden designed to produce food that is healthy, fresh, affordable and beautiful. We will cover site selection for your garden, proper soil husbandry, seed starting techniques, sourcing plants, and establishing a schedule for keeping the harvest going all year long. Our particular focus will be utilizing practices and techniques that care for the environment and those who desire to grow, harvest and  eat fresh, healthy  produce.

Presenter bio:  Michael Veracka is an Associate Professor within the Department of Urban Horticulture & Design at Farmingdale State College. Michael’s teaching interests and design practice focus on sustainable design, edible landscaping and the adaptive reuse of urban spaces.

February 29, 2020 Time: 10am -12pm    Fruit Growing for the Home Landscape    Presenter: Glenn Aldridge

This introductory workshop examines the basics for incorporating fruit-producing plants suitable for the residential landscape. Topics to be discussed include selecting the proper varieties of fruit trees and berry bearing shrubs, site selection, proper planting methods and maintenance techniques. A particular focus will be on incorporating sustainable strategies for growing and maintaining fruit. The workshop includes a visit to the newly planted sustainable garden orchard.

Presenter bio:  Since 2013 Glenn Aldridge has managed the orchard at Restoration Farm (www.restorationfarm.com ), Old Bethpage Village, NY. Glenn cares for the apple trees that Nassau County planted back in 1992 and has transformed part of the orchard that was not suitable for apple trees into peach trees and berry plantings, which include blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, elderberries, and black raspberries.  

March 7, 2020 Time: 10am – 12pm    An Introduction to Permaculture Presenter: Michael Veracka

This introductory workshop examines permaculture, the practice of designing systems modeled from ecological relationships that respect the land while serving its inhabitants. We’ll address the basics of permaculture theory, systems-thinking, site assessment and analysis, and design applications for incorporating practices and plants suitable for the suburban, residential landscape.

Admission Fee:  $10.00 for Sustainable Garden members     $15.00 for non-members   Farmingdale Students admitted free

All Workshops held in the Horticulture Greenhouse 

Pre-registration is Required

To register: email: michael.veracka@framingdale.edu          

telephone: (934) 420-2392

Savor the Summer with a visit to the Sustainable Garden!

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Are you interested in learning practical horticultural and design skills to incorporate into your home landscape? And connect with fellow garden enthusiasts? Come visit the Sustainable Garden this summer! And consider attending an upcoming evening potluck too! Each potluck runs from 6 -7:30 pm, followed by a topic germane to the Sustainable Garden. So bring a favorite food dish to share, and a chair, and enjoy the beauty of the garden! See our listing below for upcoming events! The Sustainable Garden, a component of the Department of Urban Horticulture & Design Teaching Gardens, is located on the campus of Farmingdale State College, adjacent to the main entrance at Rt. 110.

Admission fee: Free for Sustainable Garden members $10.00 for non-members

Meet at the Sustainable Garden Kiosk
For more info and to RSVP: Telephone: (631) 420-2392 Email: michael.veracka@farmingdale.edu

Hey Now — Come to Our Next Sustainable Garden Conference

Spring is here and the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design at Farmingdale State College invites you to attend the 6th Sustainable Garden conference on Saturday April 14, 2018.

 

This year’s event – entitled Reclaim Your Turf: Designing Sustainable Landscapes — will be held in our greenhouse complex from 8:30am – 2pm. Regional speakers will discuss topics or demonstrate techniques relating to the themes of the department’s Sustainable Garden. All of the specifics, including the exact agenda, presentation topics and speaker bios, can be found in this PDF flyer.

Admission to the conference is $35.00, free for members in good standing, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

To preregister for the event, at the special rate of $30.00,  please send your check (made out to ASC – the Sustainable Garden) directly to: Michael Veracka, Department of Urban Horticulture & Design, Thompson Hall, Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY 11735. Preregistration ends on April 9th.

To become a member (Friends of the Sustainable Garden) please see this link — https://blogs.farmingdale.edu/sites/thesustainablegarden/memberships/

For more information, or to check on the status of your membership, contact: Michael Veracka (631) 420-2392 or email michael.veracka@farmingdale.edu

For more information about our past conferences see this link – https://blogs.farmingdale.edu/sites/thesustainablegarden/events/

The Department of Urban Horticulture & Design Greenhouse complex is conveniently located adjacent to the Smith Street/ Rt. 110 entrance on the Farmingdale State College campus — https://www.farmingdale.edu/about/pdf/farm_map.pdf

 

Join Us This Summer in the Sustainable Garden

Spring is well underway, our academic year about to end, and the Sustainable Garden at Farmingdale State College is presenting several upcoming workshops of interest to gardeners.

Our workshop series begins on Wednesday evening May 24th with a presentation entitled No Land, No Problem: Vertical Hydroponic Food Production.  Here’s  the description of the talk:

Many people are interested in growing a portion of their own food but have limited or no access to land. No problem, there is a solution in sight! This presentation will show you how you can produce a portion of your own food utilizing a vertical hydroponic system that is versatile, mobile and allows you to bring live produce to your table year round. Growing vertical food produces two times the amount of food in half the amount of space, while using less resources. When you incorporate such a system you can help promote a more sustainable and local food production system.

Presenter bio: William Turano first discovered the impact of large-scale industrialized agriculture in 2013 while taking an anthropology course at Suffolk County Community College. Around the same time he began turning what began as a gardening hobby, into a small-scale organic farm. At that point he knew that he wanted to grow food and help feed the world. William’s business, Lifted Roots Vertical Farms (www.liftedroots.net ), provides consumers with fresh, healthy and sustainable grown produce. His indoor hydroponic farm uses 95% less water compared to traditional farms, and is an almost carbon neutral operation.

Our next talk will take place on Wednesday June 7, 2017 Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm and is entitled “Rainwater: Don’t Let it Go Down the Drain”
Here’s  the description of the talk:

Harvesting rainwater provides an alternative to using potable drinking water for gardening and other home uses. In this workshop you will learn practical methods to capture a portion of your own water for landscape applications. You will learn tips to save money by reducing household water usage and keep your plants healthy with non-chlorinated rainwater. Collecting rainwater on your site reduces flooding and pollution to local streams, rivers, and lakes.

Presenter bio: Mark Scaramucci is the principal owner of Permascape Designs (http://www.permascapedesigns.com ). A certified permaculture designer, Mark’s ecological design practice creates functional, interdependent systems serving both nature and its living habitats. His work focuses on storm water management, indoor/outdoor air quality and energy-use reduction.

Admission fee: $10.00 for Sustainable Garden members $15.00 for non-members; Farmingdale students admitted free

Meet at the Sustainable Garden Kiosk
For more info and to RSVP: Telephone: (631) 420-2392 Email: michael.veracka@farmingdale.edu

Summer workshops Sustainable Garden revised 2017

All workshops take place rain or shine on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. As is our custom, all events are preceded with a potluck dinner (5:30-6:30 pm). Please bring a dish to share. The meeting location is the Kiosk at the Sustainable Garden, a component of the Department of Urban Horticulture & Design Teaching Gardens. Please bring your own chair too!

These workshops kick off an exciting summer season of events (workshops, lectures and potluck gatherings) in the garden. More events will be added soon! We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Remember when attending an event at the Sustainable Garden to check in first at the University Police Station to ask for a temporary parking permit. This ensures your car will not be ticketed while you are at our event!  See the enclosed Campus Map for the exact location; it’s directly near the Teaching Gardens! https://www.farmingdale.edu/about/pdf/farm_map.pdf

And don’t forget about our department’s annual spring plant sale that takes place in our greenhouse May 9-11th from 9am to 5pm!

 

 

Spring Is Here! A New Season of Workshops!

Spring is fast approaching and the Sustainable Garden at Farmingdale State College is presenting several upcoming workshops of interest to gardeners.

All workshops take place rain or shine on Saturday mornings from 9am -11am. The meeting location is the Kiosk at the Sustainable Garden, a component of the Department of Urban Horticulture & Design Teaching Gardens.

These workshops kick off an exciting season of events (workshops, lectures and potluck gatherings) in the garden. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Remember when attending an event at the Sustainable Garden to check in first at the University Police Station to ask for a temporary parking permit. This ensures your car will not be ticketed while you are at our event! See the enclosed Campus Map for the exact location; it’s directly near the Teaching Gardens! https://www.farmingdale.edu/about/pdf/farm_map.pdf

Sustainable Garden 2017 workshops

Sixth Annual Sustainable Garden Conference

Sponsored by the Sustainable Garden at Farmingdale State College

 The 6th annual Sustainable Garden Conference will take place in late winter or early spring, 2017. As always, the conference will feature an array of regional and national renowned speakers lecturing on a variety of sustainable landscape design and horticultural topics.

Please check back frequently to these pages for all the latest news regarding the theme of the conference, exact dates, speakers and fees.

 

Plant Sale – May 2015

The Plant Sale at Farmingdale State College is a must for all Long Island plant lovers.

Support local horticulture students & the wonderful Teaching Gardens by attending our 2015 event!

When: May 5th , 6th and 7th (Tuesday to Thursday) 9 AM to 5 PM each day, Rain or Shine

Where: Horticulture Greenhouses Farmingdale State College campus North entrance off Rt. 110 (across from Adventureland) Straight for 1000’, park in lot on left

What: Wide variety of flowering annuals in flats, pots & baskets. Many Farmingdale-grown veggies, herbs, perennials, tropicals & house plants. Lots of unusual varieties!

Cash and checks are accepted (No credit cards)

View the flyer – PDF

Waste Not Want Not — April 12, 2014 — our Next Event!

On Saturday, April 12, Farmingdale State College’s Department of Urban Horticulture and Design will host “Waste Not Want Not.”  This educational day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the college’s Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse. The public is invited to support The Sustainable Garden of the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design through the $10 admission fee.
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This is the first major event hosted by the department since changing its name to Urban Horticulture and Design. Urban Horticulture speaks to the program’s location within the New York City metro area and its unique mandate to address horticulture in the context of challenges and opportunities indigenous to this environment.

The Field Day will also feature a CSA Fair (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) garden tours, plants for sale, a variety of vendors, and local food. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. There is no admission fee for this section of the Field Day.

Renowned speakers include the following:
• Vincent Simeone, Director of Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY
• Lucie Searle, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Providence Preservation Society, Providence, RI, and real estate developer coordinator, AS220, Providence, RI
• Richard Arnedos, Landscape Architect, Nassau County Park Department, and Adjunct Professor, Farmingdale State College
• Halina Steiner, Creative Director, dlandstudio: architecture and landscape architecture, Brooklyn, NY
• Michael Veracka, Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Horticulture and Design, Farmingdale State College

“Waste Not Want Not” is held in conjunction with Farmingdale State College’s Open House which offers potential students an opportunity to tour the campus, and talk with students and faculty. And for students interested in horticulture, one of the college’s earliest and most distinguished programs, the Field Day will answer any and all questions.

 Schedule *| Complete Listing of Lectures (click here)

  • 8:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks
  • 8:45 a.m.: The Comeback Kids: Breathing New Life Into Hicks and Cutler Halls- Lucie Searle
  • 9:45 a.m.: Take a break by walking through the vendors and see all there is to offer. Visit the CSA Fair and sign up for fresh produce throughout the season.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Design for Water: From Watersheds to Bioswales– Halina Steiner
  • 11:15 a.m.: Stretch your legs
  • 11:30 a.m.: CSA Panel Discussion
  • Noon: Lunch with concert by student band
  • 12:30-1pm: Panel discussion with Farmingdale Horticulture students regarding
  • Landscape Sustainability Topics and student projects
  • 1:30 p.m.: From Forest to Table: Repurposing Long Island’s Woods – Richard Arnedos
  • 2:45 p.m.: Grow More with Less: Sustainable Garden Methods – Vincent Simeone
  • 3:45 p.m.: Plant Auction

*subject to modification
The history of the horticulture program at Farmingdale State dates to the founding of the institution as an agriculture school over 100 years ago. Long Island’s agricultural roots have been masked by suburban sprawl and our local area is now best viewed as an extension of New York City complete with the challenges and opportunities endemic to urban landscapes. The department no longer views horticulture as a movement based solely on aesthetic improvement. The true challenge is to marry the discipline with contemporary trials faced by urban areas such as limited resources, environmental degradation, paucity of locally grown food and the difficulty of beautifying a complex environment while improving the lives of its residents.

All “Waste Not Want Not” activities will take place at The Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse Complex, conveniently located adjacent to the Smith Street/Rt. 110 entrance on the Farmingdale State College campus.

For more information, contact Michael Veracka, MLA, Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Horticulture and Design, Farmingdale State College,
(631) 420-2113.

For more information about The Sustainable Garden, go to www.thesustainablegarden.org.
For further information about the college’s Department of Urban Horticulture and Design, go to www.farmingdale.edu/horticulture.

CSA Fair is Part of Waste Not Want Not Day

 

Department of Urban Horticulture and Design

Farmingdale State College

2350 Broadhollow Rd.

Farmingdale, NY 11735

A D V I S O R Y

February 28, 2014

Contact:  Michael Veracka, Assistant Professor and Chair

Telephone: (631) 420-2113

email: verackm@farmingdale.edu

 

 

Waste Not Want Not

WNWNPosterOn Saturday April 12, Farmingdale State College’s Department of Urban Horticulture and Design will host “Waste Not Want Not.”  The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse at the college. The public is invited, and the $10.00 admission will benefit the Sustainable Garden at the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design. This event coincides with Farmingdale State College’s Open House and celebrates the remarkable resiliency of the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design, a founding program of the college.

The event will also feature a CSA Fair (10:00 am – 2:00 pm), garden tours, plants for sale, a variety of vendors, and local food.

CSA Fair

The CSA Fair will allow numerous Long Island area growers to co-mingle with people interested in purchasing a share in a local farm operation and supporting Long Island agriculture

 

CSA Fair is to take place as part of:

Sustainability Garden Educational Field Day

Location: Farmingdale State College Teaching Gardens, 2350 Broadhollow Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Date: April 12, 2014

Time: 10am – 2pm

Cost: Free

For further information contact:

Michael Veracka, Assistant Professor and Chair: Telephone: (631) 420-2113 email:verackm@farmingdale.edu