Waste Not Want Not

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 Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale, NY  See map

S. Coley
Director of Communications




March 12, 2014


– News Release –

‘Waste Not Want Not’ at
Farmingdale State College

Fourth Educational Field Day to
benefit the Sustainable Garden


On Saturday,
April 12, Farmingdale State College’s Department of Urban Horticulture and
Design will host ‘Waste Not Want Not.’  This
educational day runs from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. at the college’s Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse. The public is invited to support The
Sustainable Garden of the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design
through the $10 admission fee.

This is the first major event
hosted by the department since changing its name to Urban Horticulture and Design.
Urban Horticulture speaks to the program’s location within the New York City
metro area and its unique mandate to address horticulture in the context of
challenges and opportunities indigenous to this environment.


The Field Day will also feature a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair (10 a.m. – 2
p.m.) garden tours, plants for sale, a variety of vendors, and local food. There
is no admission fee for this section of the Field Day.


Renowned speakers include the

  • Vincent
    Simeone, Director of Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY
  • Lucie
    Searle, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Providence
    Preservation Society, Providence, RI, and real estate developer
    coordinator, AS220, Providence, RI
  • Richard
    Arnedos, Landscape Architect, Nassau County Park Department, and Adjunct
    Professor, Farmingdale State College
  • Michael
    Veracka, Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Horticulture
    and Design, Farmingdale State College


‘Waste Not Want Not’ is held in conjunction with Farmingdale
State College’s Open House which offers potential students an opportunity to
tour the campus, and talk with students and faculty.  And for students interested in horticulture,
one of the college’s earliest and most distinguished programs, the Field Day
will answer any and all questions.



 8:30 a.m.:       Opening Remarks

 8:45 a.m.: 
     Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do
Without: Reclaiming Hicks and Cutler Halls

Lucie Searle, Providence Preservation

9:45 a.m.:       Take a break by walking through the
vendors and see all there is to offer. 
Visit the CSA Fair and sign up for fresh produce throughout the season.

10:15 a.m.:      Design for Water: Rainwater Harvesting,
Stormwater Catchment, and Alternate Water Reuse –
Halina Steiner,
dlandstudio: architecture and landscape architecture

11:15 a.m.:      Stretch your legs

11:30 a.m.:      CSA
Panel Discussion

Noon:              Lunch
with concert by student band

12:30-1pm:      Panel discussion with Farmingdale Horticulture
students regarding

Landscape Sustainability Topics and
student projects

1:30 p.m.:       From
Forest to Table: Repurposing Long Island’s Woods –
Richard Arnedos, Nassau County Department of Public Works

2:45 p.m.:       Grow More with Less: Sustainable Garden
Methods –
Vincent Simeone, Director of Planting Fields

 3:45 p.m.:       Plant

*subject to


The history of the horticulture
program at Farmingdale State dates to the founding of the institution as an
agriculture school over 100 years ago. Long Island’s agricultural roots have
been masked by suburban sprawl and our local area is now best viewed as an
extension of New York City complete with the challenges and opportunities
endemic to urban landscapes. The department no longer views horticulture as a
movement based solely on aesthetic improvement. The true challenge is to marry
the discipline with contemporary trials faced by urban areas such as limited
resources, environmental degradation, paucity of locally grown food and the
difficulty of beautifying a complex environment while improving the lives of
its residents.


All ‘Waste Not Want Not’
activities will take place at The Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse Complex,
conveniently located adjacent to the Smith Street/Rt. 110 entrance on the
Farmingdale State College campus. 


For more information, contact
Michael Veracka, MLA, Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of
Urban Horticulture and Design, Farmingdale State College,  (631)
420-2113.  And check the website for

For more information about The
Sustainable Garden, go to www.thesustainablegarden.org.

For further information about the college’s Department of
Urban Horticulture and Design, go to www.farmingdale.edu/horticulture.



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