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Gardening and Solar Energy on Schedule Today

Conferences at Sustainability Institute, Farmingdale State focus on green issues.

Farmingdale State and The Sustainability Institute are presenting special sessions Friday. 

The Sustainability Institute will examine solar energy topics. LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael Hervey is expected to announce  accomplishments in advancing solar energy for Long Islanders and growing the solar industry on Long Island, and will also be announcing new solar initiatives.

Among the speakers will be Neal Lewis, executive director, The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Kate Murray, supervisor, Town of Hempstead, Assemb. Steven Englebright, and Brookhaven Town Councilman Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld.

The conference begins at 9 a.m.

Up the road, Farmingdale State College’s Department of Ornamental Horticulture will present a day-long workshop titled “Home Grown Food: Planning and Planting the Abundant Landscape." 

The $5 admission will benefit the Department of Ornamental Horticulture’s Sustainable Garden. Sessions will cover learning how to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. It will also feature interactive workshops, garden tours, plants for sale, and local food.

Speakers include designer and author Dr. Lee Reich, edible forager “Wildman” Steve Brill, and farmers Caroline Fanning and Daniel Holmes from Restoration Farm at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

The Farmingdale State workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The daylong event coincides with Farmingdale State College’s 100th Anniversary and celebrates the Department of Ornamental Horticulture, a founding program of the college.

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