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Gardening field day at Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College is a four-year SUNY school

Farmingdale State College is a four-year SUNY school located on Route 110 and Conklin Avenue. The school was named one of the best colleges in the North in US News and World Report's 2011 rankings. (July 5, 2011) (Credit: Alexi Knock)

Looking to get outside this weekend? Farmingdale State College's Ornamental Horticulture Department has your back, as it's holding its third  Educational Field Day and Open House Saturday from 8:30 a.m.  to 4:45 p.m.

The teaching gardens on the campus, 2350 Broadhollow Rd.,  will be open all day. There will be plant sales (and a raffle), plus lectures, workshops, garden tours (which I personally recommend) and local, sustainable food for sale. Spencer and the Elders will provide lunch-hour music at 12:30 p.m.

Scheduled speakers include Travis Beck, of The New York Botanical Garden; Alice Wise, of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County; and Ken Greene, of the Hudson Valley Seed Library in Accord, N.Y.

Learn how to grow grapes, make your own compost-tea brewer, select and save local seeds, and create a landscape.

Your $10 admission fee will be used to benefit the gardens, which are planted and maintained by staff and students of the school's horticulture program.

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