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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Recognizing that Long Island’s agricultural landscape has been replaced by suburban sprawl, the horticulture department has been working towards developing new methods of sustainability, addressing the scarcity of locally grown food,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

At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

 

If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Sports

Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 

 

—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 


The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.

 

Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Calendar

Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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