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.