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Matthew Magilavy works in the SustainAbility garden for (Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Matthew Magilavy works in the SustainAbility garden for autistic adults at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Hoping for a farm of their own

All summer a group of young adults with autism, their aides and volunteers have toiled in a garden at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. Founder Wendy Kaplan, of Locust Valley, hopes the garden called SustainAbility will provide training for the day the group can move to a farm of their own.

Thomas Kramer-Miller practices his farming skills at the
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Thomas Kramer-Miller practices his farming skills at the SustainAbility garden for autistic adults at the Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park in Oyster Bay. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Ian Webrock practices with a tilling tool at
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Ian Webrock practices with a tilling tool at the SustainAbility garden for autistic adults at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Matthew Magilavy practices his farming skills at the
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Matthew Magilavy practices his farming skills at the SustainAbility garden at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. The garden was founded by Wendy Kaplan to teach autistic adults the means to sustain themselves. Kaplan hopes the group can eventually find enough land to work a small farm garden. (Sept. 13, 2011)

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Daniel Mulvaney, red shirt, holds a hose as
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Daniel Mulvaney, red shirt, holds a hose as he works in a garden on the SustainAbility Farm at Planting Fields Arboretum and Historic Park in Oyster Bay. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Rachel Kaplan, left, has a job walking dogs
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Rachel Kaplan, left, has a job walking dogs for one of the neighbors in her Locust Valley neighborhood. Kaplan's mother founded SustainAbility garden at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park after Rachel Kaplan said she wanted to work on a farm. With Kaplan is her academic aide Victoria Fontana. (Sept. 27, 2011)

Thomas Kramer-Miller cleans vegetables he harvested from the
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Thomas Kramer-Miller cleans vegetables he harvested from the SustainAbility garden for donation to the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch. With him is his aide Donna Irving. (Sept. 27, 2011)

With the help of program founder Wendy Kaplan,
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With the help of program founder Wendy Kaplan, left, and his assistant Lynn Cisek, Ian Webrock practices farming skills at the SustainAbility garden at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Daniel Mulvaney waters kale in the SustainAbility garden
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Daniel Mulvaney waters kale in the SustainAbility garden for autistic adults at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. (Sept. 13, 2011)

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Ian Webrock learns to handle a hoe with
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Ian Webrock learns to handle a hoe with the help of SustainAbility garden founder Wendy Kaplan, center, and his assistant Lynn Cisek. Kaplan established the garden at Planting Fields Arboretum Historic Park in Oyster Bay to teach austistic adults, including her daughter, Rachel, skills they can use to sustain themselves. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Matthew Magilavy works in the SustainAbility garden for
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Matthew Magilavy works in the SustainAbility garden for autistic adults at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Thomas Kramer-Miller, of Valley Stream, picks vegetables in
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Thomas Kramer-Miller, of Valley Stream, picks vegetables in the SustainAbility garden at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. Some of the produce is donated to the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center food pantry in Wyandanch, where Kramer-Miller also helps out. (Sept. 13, 2011)

Thomas Kramer-Miller prepares vegetables he harvested to donate
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Thomas Kramer-Miller prepares vegetables he harvested to donate to the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch. (Sept. 27, 2011)

Thomas Kramer-Miller helps Bon Shephard pick out collard
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Thomas Kramer-Miller helps Bon Shephard pick out collard greens that Kramer-Miller harvested from a garden for autistic adults at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. (Sept. 27, 2011)

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Thomas Kramer-Miller talks with is assistant Donna Irving
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Thomas Kramer-Miller talks with is assistant Donna Irving after he brought produce to the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch. (Sept. 27, 2011)

Thomas Kramer-Miller brings produce to the Gerald Ryan
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Thomas Kramer-Miller brings produce to the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch where it is distributed to those in need. Kramer-Miller picked the vegetables at the SustainAbility garden for autistic adults at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, where he is part of a group learning to garden. He also helps out at the Ryan Center. (Sept. 27, 2011)

Wendy Kaplan became motivated to start a garden
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Wendy Kaplan became motivated to start a garden to teach autistic adults skills after her daughter, Rachel, who has autism, told her she wanted to work on a farm. Kaplan, of Locust Valley, helped start SustainAbility garden at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park where autistic adults can learn skills to sustain themselves. (Sept. 27, 2011)

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