Need to get some know-how so you can grow your own food this year? You're in luck: Farmingdale State College's Dept. of Ornamental Horticulture is hosting a  daylong workshop -- "Home Grown Food: Planning and Planting the Abundant Landscape," on April 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Teaching Gardens and Greenhouse on campus.

Admission is  $5, and proceeds will benefit the department's sustainable garden. For that mere bag of shells, you'll learn how to grow your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and get to partake in interactive workshops, garden tours, a plant sale and local food.

They've got some pretty big names speaking, too, so you'll be learning from the masters: Designer and author Dr. Lee Reich, edible forager “Wildman” Steve Brill, cutting-edge practitioner Stephen D’Amato, and local farmers Caroline Fanning and Daniel Holmes from Restoration Farm at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Other speakers on a wide variety of topics central to the theme of the one-half acre garden will be appearing, as well.

Topics include Landscaping with Fruits, Hunting for Wild Foods, Compost and Compost Tea making, and even Backyard Chickens.

This event coincides with Farmingdale State College’s 100th Anniversary and celebrates the Department of Ornamental Horticulture, a founding program of the college. The education program, which focuses on training students to grow and incorporate food-bearing plants within ornamental landscapes, is a tradition dating back to the early days of the State Institute of Applied Agriculture at Farmingdale and remains relevant today, especially as more people are becoming interested in growing their own or supporting locally produced food.

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