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Recognizing that Long Island’s agricultural landscape has been replaced by suburban sprawl, the horticulture department has been working towards developing new methods of sustainability, addressing the scarcity of locally grown food,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

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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