OPENING OF NEW SUSTAINABLE GARDEN AT FARMINGDALE STATE COLLEGE

Event to coincide to campus Open House for prospective students

The community is invited to the unveiling of a new garden at Farmingdale State College featuring sustainable growing methods on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Sustainable Garden will serve as an outdoor classroom for students in the college's ornamental horticulture program.  Admission is free and the public is welcome.

The development of a sustainable garden within Farmingdale State College's renowned 4-acre Teaching Gardens offers the Department of Ornamental Horticulture 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 continue the department's long tradition of utilizing practical, hands-on experience to complement and enhance traditional academic programming.

"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 ensuring that industry practices respect the environment of Long Island," said Michael Veracka, project creator and chairman of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture. "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 sites with or without buildings. This garden will prepare students to enter the contemporary work force where knowledge and skills of sustainable practices are increasingly desired and workers receive well-compensated income. It also will serve as a model for existing green industry practitioners and the general public.