With the longer days, and with the lovely sunshine and spring showers, the season is approaching full bloom. The flowers are awakening and the trees are sprouting new leaves. This is the time of year to dig in to the fresh soil and plan the garden.
As we become more aware of the importance of being self reliant, as well as the need to save on our budgets, sustainable gardening has become a popular and important new trend.
Farmingdale State college’s Department of Ornamental Horticulture is hosting a day-long workshop titled “Home Grown Food: Planning and Planting the Abundant Landscape”.
- This exciting event is taking place on Friday, April 20, 2012 in the Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
- The $5 admission will benefit the Department of Ornamental Horticulture’s Sustainable Garden.
When planting and designing a new garden why not make it work for you as well as add beauty to the surroundings?
- Learn how to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
- Instructing about wild food foraging,
- Bee keeping will be taught.
- Find out the ins and outs of raising chickens.
- Make your own compost tea.
- Attend interactive workshops.
- Take part in garden tours.
- There will be plants for sale and local food.
The programs speakers are well known in the world of sustainable gardening
- Designer and author Dr. Lee Reich (http://leereich.com/)
- Edible forager “Wildman” Steve Brill (http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com )
- Cutting-edge practitioner Stephen D’Amato
- Local farmers Caroline Fanning and Daniel Holmes from Restoration Farm at Old Bethpage Village Restoration (http://www.restorationfarm.com )
- Other speakers on a wide variety of topics central to the themes of the one-half acre garden
“For more information contact Michael Veracka, MLA, Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Ornamental Horticulture, (631) 420-2113. For more information about The Sustainable Garden, go to www.thesustainablegarden.org. Further information about Farmingdale State College’s Department of Ornamental Horticulture is available at www.farmingdale.edu/horticulture.”
New York Thrives, a retail store being opened by Lee Keil in Huntington, NY, will have a table at the conference.
- Shop for Shelf Reliance products, indoor gardening, (hydroponics and soil), square foot gardening, wild edibles and foraging, heirloom non gmo seeds from Monticello and maybe Colonial Williamsburg, chicken coops, and bee hives. Everything for sale is to encourage people to be able to be self reliant.
- The store will also be emphasizing the need to repurpose furnishings and recycle, and will be selling repurposed furniture; a redecorating option that brings about creative furnishings.
Have fun learning how to create a beautiful and completely functional garden. This is a fantastic opportunity and learning adventure for the family to enjoy together. Sing along with the birds and the bees, and never be afraid to dance!
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