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 ( ), 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 ( ). 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:

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!

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!