Power to the Pollinators
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Power to the Pollinators

Spring Pollinator Class

Title: Power to the Pollinators!

Introduce yourself to Long Island's pollinators including bumble bees, leafcutter bees, mason bees, squash bees, and even flies and moths!  There are close to 450 different bee species in New York State - these are the superheroes of our gardens and farms. Wild bees are 2-3 times more effective at pollinating than honeybees.  Honeybees supplement the work of wild bees, not the other way around.  Join Veteran Beekeeper Laura Klahre (Blossom Meadow Farm) as she discusses why and specifically which gentle pollinators will be most advantageous for higher yields and larger, more well-rounded produce.  Innovations at her farm and specific actions you can take to put more food on your table and support bee populations (e.g., flowers to plant, types of habitat to provide, and advanced bee ranching efforts) will be discussed. This class offering is in partnership with the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium and the Center for Ethical Biodiversity (1 meeting)

Laura’s 2015 TEDx Talk on “How to Increase Food Production by Using Native Pollinators” is here.

 

Tuition: $30 sign up here

Time: 9am to 12noon

Date (choose one): Saturday March 9th or Sunday April 7th

Location: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity at the Northville Grange Hall (5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY)

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Recipe to Reality
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Recipe to Reality

From budding food entrepreneurs to farmers, this is an introductory class which offers professional step by step guidance to maximize your opportunities, whether you are a farm or looking to launch your food product.

This valuable class will include discussions and information such as

  • what can be made from agricultural products that you grow to sell.

  • local success stories and consider where the opportunities are for new products in our area

  • Feasible based on infrastructure, labor supply, and existing skill set

  • how or where you plan to sell the product or products and to whom determines much of the plan.

  • variations on plans based on of the products and volume that you plan to make and sell are prepared foods, baked goods or shelf stable products

  • how to do what you want to do legally and how to be in full compliance with the Dept. of Agriculture

  • best practices for how to develop recipes for the products that you would like to make or how to adapt family recipes

  • best practices for sourcing ingredients that aren’t grown on the farm and needed for the recipe, costing and scaling overview

Take home materials and handouts will be included.

Tracy Slotkin is an entrepreneur, consultant and culinary professional with over 30 years of experience in the food industry. Her unwavering commitment to representing the highest quality ingredients and the business of making, marketing and distributing food is evidenced by her unique presence as a mover and a shaker within the specialty food world. A problem solver and critical thinker, Tracy offers pertinent insight and start up guidance to clients and founders through concise planning and strategy.

TUITION: $30 - BUY TICKETS HERE

TIME: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

DATE: March 23rd

LOCATION: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity, 5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead

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Seeds, Roots, and shoots
Mar
23
1:30 PM13:30

Seeds, Roots, and shoots

Introduction to plant propagation

Want plants? Get plants! From squares of outdoor soil to small greenhouses and everything in between, everyone can enjoy propagating plants on their own. The basics will cover diverse methods such as seed sowing, transplanting "starts", planting tubers, and rooting cuttings. Get tips and tricks from professional experts on simple do-it-yourself methods with a special emphasis placed on starting plants from seed to kickstart the spring season.

Included in the instruction fee is a starter kit with soil, 12 different types of seeds for your garden, and cuttings.

Additional cuttings, tubers, scions, and seeds will be for sale at the time of the class.

Tuition: $65 for single class - BUY TICKETS HERE

$80 for full day includes seed saving 101.

Date: March 23rd

Time: 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Location: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity, 5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY

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Seed Saving 101
Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Seed Saving 101

  • 5268 sound ave riverhead, ny 11901 usa (map)
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With the huge loss of vegetable and flower varieties over the past 100 years and continuing decrease in genetic diversity, gardeners and farmers are finding that saving and swapping seed is a rewarding and very important part of growing plants.  Experts from the Long Island Seed Consortium who organize the annual Long Island Seed Swap will lead you through the techniques of preserving variety purity by isolation and hand-pollination as well as seed harvesting, seed cleaning, storage and finally;  keeping a variety alive by sharing.  

You be bringing home seeds that we have worked with during the class.

Tuition: $30 - BUY TICKETS HERE

Time: 11:00 AM - 1 PM

Date: March 23rd

Location: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity, 5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead

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The Challenges and Potential of Biodiversity
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

The Challenges and Potential of Biodiversity

  • 5268 Sound Avenue Riverhead, NY, 11901 United States (map)
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Biodiversity is a critical component of life on Earth, crucial to the continuation of every single ecosystem, yet it's disappearing at a seemingly inexorable rate.

How can we not be profoundly alarmed by the increasing price we must pay for a decreasing spectrum of life? More specifically, in the dynamic sphere of “agriculture,” we know we pay a heavy price for extinct or close to extinct things that sustain us.

In the context of the evening's discussion, we’ll ask: “What does it cost to grow and keep healthy
diversity and how do we redefine a framework to support and finance this work?

Rather than discuss abstractions from an observer's viewpoint, we believe the time is now to hear from people challenged every day by the demands of diversity as they work hands on within a framework designed to promote that diversity.

What does this work actually look like? What do these farmers actually do? And what does “work” mean anyway? Equally important, are the people who tangibly, and in tandem, support these efforts by working within the wider community.

Moderator - Hazel Kahan

Panelists -

Phil Barbato - Farmer, Biophilia farms, certified organic.

Phil is a passionate organic farmer and past NOFA-NY president. Prior to his farming career, he was employed by DEC, working on water protection and became Regional Water Engineer. As a farmer, he has been a tireless advocate for agricultural and environmental causes, healthy soil, and healthy people. For the 2019 year, Biophilia Farm is in its 20th year of operation.

Laura Klahre - Laura Klahre, Blossom Meadow Farm

Laura’s farm was designed with the knowledge that more complete pollination of a flower results in higher yields and higher quality berries. To this end, she no longer keeps honeybees, maintains a tract of grassland and natural areas throughout her farm, follows organic growing principles, ensures multiple species are flowering throughout the growing season, and turns off the lights at night (moths pollinate).

CR Lawn - Fedco Seeds

CR Lawn founded Fedco Seeds Co-operative in 1978 and served on its management
team for 40 years, conducting some of the Fedco Seed field trials and seed grow-outs.
He is currently on the Board of the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI)

Abra Morawiec - Feisty Acres

Abra and her partner Chris founded Feisty Acres in 2015 and raise game birds and specialized poultry that includes quail, French Guinea Flow, Chukar Partridge, Silkie Chicken, and a plethora of other heritage ducks, turkeys and chickens. They began the Bobwhite Quail Release program with the intention of re-invigorating the native population of Northern Bobwhite Quail.

Laura Accardi - Patchogue-Medford Seed Library

Laura works in Promotions and Development in the Patchogue-Medford Library, in addition to being a community activist and seed library lover. She began working on their seed library in 2015 and was the first library to collaborate with LIRSC on a local and national level. The seed library has blossomed into a thriving community resource which continues to grow due to novel methods of community engagement and interaction. The mission is to gather communities to grow, harvest and save seeds, as well as to develop best practices for doing so in a wider context.

After hearing from our farmers, we will invite the audience to a Q&A which we hope will foster an ongoing dialogue that will continue for the rest of the year and onwards.

We’re thinking about what does a meaningful active participation model look like? Not just for farmers but for everyone who eats?

Light refreshments served afterwards.

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Tomatoes
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Tomatoes

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Tomato neophytes as well as nerds unite!

It’s hard to dispute the fact that tomatoes are the star of the field and garden.

We will answer basic questions about best growing practices, discuss varieties that work, talk about historical heirlooms and local varieties that need reviving and adoption. Let’s fine tune your tomato game and share some little known secrets to make the coming year better than your last!

Steph Gaylor, tomato nerd extraordinaire, who has collected over 2,500 different varieties of tomatoes will instruct this class.

One of a kind seeds will be available as well.

Tuition: $20 - BUY TICKETS HERE

Time: 2PM - 4PM

Date: March 16th

Location: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity

5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY

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Soil Health
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Soil Health

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Soil Health and Biologicals for Plant Growth, Disease and Pest Management

Probiotics aren’t just for people any more. In their natural environments, plants, trees and turf grow in microbial rich environments, and they are very dependent on the their natural biology for nutrients and disease suppression, amongst other things.  Advances with biologicals for disease and pest control have also dramatically changed organics and IPM growing programs with new “silver bullet” products that kill the pest, not the rest.  Although we supplement nutrients (fertilizers) in our farming practices, it is not a common practice to supplement the vital probiotics in the same manner. This course section will discuss why microbes are so important to soil health and how to integrate these natural probiotics to improve the quality, health, growth of your plants.

Instructor - Joe Magazzi

Founder and owner of a green company that promotes organic, biological products for landscapers, farmers, greenhouse growers, arborists and golf course superintendents. Conceived and financed a start up company that generated profits in one year. Technical adviser to growers integrating biological products into their treatment programs. Development of application plans for growers and turf care professionals integrating biologicals into their practices. Frequent guest lecturer on biologicals in across the United States. Involved in many philanthropic and community causes including The North Branford High School Growing Program (growing advisor), Roses for Autism (product donation and technical advice), and Grow the Greenhouse.

Tuition: $30 - BUY TICKETS HERE

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM

Date: March 16th

Location: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity, 5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead

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Power to the Pollinators
Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Power to the Pollinators

  • 5268 Sound Avenue Riverhead, NY, 11901 United States (map)
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Introduce yourself to Long Island's pollinators including bumble bees, leafcutter bees, mason bees, squash bees, and even flies and moths!  There are close to 450 different bee species in New York State - these are the superheroes of our gardens and farms. Wild bees are 2-3 times more effective at pollinating than honeybees.  Honeybees supplement the work of wild bees, not the other way around.  Join Veteran Beekeeper Laura Klahre (Blossom Meadow Farm) as she discusses why and specifically which gentle pollinators will be most advantageous for higher yields and larger, more well-rounded produce.  Innovations at her farm and specific actions you can take to put more food on your table and support bee populations (e.g., flowers to plant, types of habitat to provide, and advanced bee ranching efforts) will be discussed. This class offering is in partnership with the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium and the Center for Ethical Biodiversity (1 meeting)

Tuition: $30 -sign up here

Time: 9am to 12noon

Date: March 10

Location: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity at the Northville Grange Hall (5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY) 

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Know your seed at Patchogue-Medford Library
Mar
9
11:00 AM11:00

Know your seed at Patchogue-Medford Library

  • 54-60 East Main Street Patchogue, NY, 11772 United States (map)
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Got Seeds? Know your seed.

Before you plant your garden this spring, learn where your seeds come from and why it's so important.

Before you plant your garden this spring, know where your seed comes from. The Long Island Regional Seed Consortium will help you to learn how important it is to know where your seeds come from, and to help you get ready to save your seeds in the fall. 

You must register here

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Date: March 9th

Location: 54-60 East Main Street
Patchogue, New York 11772

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Seed Swap at Patchogue-Medford Library
Mar
9
10:30 AM10:30

Seed Swap at Patchogue-Medford Library

  • 54-60 East Main Street Patchogue, NY, 11772 United States (map)
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Join Patchogue-Medford Library, Suffolk Seed Library Collaborative member, for their 3rd annual seed swap.

The Long Island Regional Seed Consortium is working with the library and local gardening organizations to build seed saving awareness in our community. Bring some seeds to swap and don't forget to sign up to get free seeds from our seed library...

No Seeds, No worries, All are welcome!

You must register here.

Time: 1 PM - 2:30 PM

Date: March 9th

Location: 54-60 East Main Street
Patchogue, New York 11772

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Seed swap 2019
Feb
23
11:00 AM11:00

Seed swap 2019

Imagine the annual seed swap as an old fashioned Facebook for seeds.  Seed swaps serve so many purposes; not only are they fun, they are a way to meet other gardeners, farmers and seed savers, brush up on new techniques, ask questions, and of course GET NEW SEEDS for your collection. Double bonus for breaking up the winter blues that afflict those of us who love working with the dirt.

Our annual seed swap has grown more than we could have initially dreamed of! We have all the volunteers, sponsors, seedy people and of course public to thank for that.  It is very encouraging to witness so many people interested in preserving and sharing seeds.

 Join us this year no matter if you are a veteran, beginner or just curious. 

Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Date: Feb.23rd, 2019

Location: Center for Ethical Biodiversity, 5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead

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Seed Swap
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

Seed Swap

Be a part of history!

This will be the inaugural seed swap at the original Northville Grange Hall built in 1831.

Imagine the annual seed swap as an old fashioned Facebook for seeds.  Seed swaps serve so many purposes; not only are they fun, they are a way to meet other gardeners, farmers and seed savers, brush up on new techniques, ask questions, and of course GET NEW SEEDS for your collection. Double bonus for breaking up the winter blues that afflict those of us who love working with the dirt.

Join us this year no matter if you are a veteran, beginner or just curious. 

Includes seed swap, vendors and tabling with great organizations as in years past.

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Date: Feb. 9th

Location: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity, 5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead

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Seeds, Roots, and shoots
Feb
2
1:30 PM13:30

Seeds, Roots, and shoots

  • 5268 Sound ave Riverhead, NY, 11901 United States (map)
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Introduction to plant propagation

Want plants? Get plants! From squares of outdoor soil to small greenhouses and everything in between, everyone can enjoy propagating plants on their own. The basics will cover diverse methods such as seed sowing, transplanting "starts", planting tubers, and rooting cuttings. Get tips and tricks from professional experts on simple do-it-yourself methods with a special emphasis placed on starting plants from seed to kickstart the spring season.

Included in the instruction fee is a starter kit with soil, 12 different types of seeds for your garden, and cuttings.

Additional cuttings, tubers, scions, and seeds will be for sale at the time of the class.

Tuition: $65 for single class - BUY TICKETS HERE

Date: Feb. 2

Time: 1:30PM - 4:30PM

Location: Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center

Center for Ethical Biodiversity, 5268 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NYI

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