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Letter: Sustainable Garden

When SUNY Farmingdale State College was founded as an agricultural institute, in 1912, sustainable gardening was common theme. Today, sustainabilty is enjoying new popularity as the methods are recognized for the important role they play in preserving the environment. 

 

This is why we, at Farmingdale College say, “Green Then. Green Now.” Horticulture was one of the first programs the college ever offered and has remained an integral part of our academic offerings, responding to new trends and development within the industry.

 

Recognizing that Long Island’s agricultural landscape has been replaced by suburban sprawl, the horticulture department has been working towards developing new methods of sustainability, addressing the scarcity of locally grown food, while meeting the challenges of beautifying a complex environment and improving the lives of the region’s residents.

 

The Sustainable Garden now serves as the cornerstone of an expanded curriculum that addresses contemporary issues central to the burgeoning sustainable landscape development movement, including resource conservation, recycling principles, proper plant selection, and product development. 

 

In keeping with this expanded curriculum, the deparment changed its monicure to the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design, to reflect a more modern mission and new career paths. 

 

Farmingdale’s Sustainable Garden was reclaimed from an unused area of the campus’ renowned four-acre Teaching Gardens. It offers an opportunity to foster greater awareness and understanding of a truly “green” movement among its students, who will serve as future industry leaders. This new outdoor classroom will also help the department’s long tradition of utilizing practical, hands-on experience to complement and enhance traditional academics. It will serve to benefit both students and the community-at-large by preparing students to enter the contemporary work force where knowledge and skills of sustainable practices are increasingly desired and workers receive well-compensated income.

 

“The Sustainable Garden will ensure that students have access to progressive ideas and strategies that will influence Long Island’s large horticulture and landscape design sector while maintaining industry practices that respect the environment of Long Island,” said

Michael Veracka, project creator and chairman of the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design. “It can also influence how the average citizen uses dwindling resources in a finite world, as well as promote sound environmental stewardship within the region.”

 

Sustainable practices introduced within the college’s Teaching Gardens will serve as a model for how to conceive, implement and maintain a green landscape on-site, with or without buildings. It will also serve as a model for existing green industry practitioners and the general public.

 

For more information on sustainable gardening, go to www.farmingdale.edu/horticulture.

 

Kathryn S. Coley

 

Director of Communications, Farmingdale State College


News

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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