Plant Diseases – What a Successful Gardener Should Know

March 8, 2013 in Past Events

A program of Cornell’s Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center
423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead
Tuesday, March 19  4:30-6:00PM

Margaret Tuttle McGrath, of Cornell University Dept. of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology will present a program on best practices for the control of plant diseases in Long Island. Learn about the types of pathogens, where they come from, and how they spread. The impacts of these diseases will be discussed along with how to respond to late blight, a community disease which can impact your tomatoes and potatoes. Diagnosis tips and management basics will be described.

Sign up to get FREE Late Blight Resistant tomatoes of the slicing, plum, and cherry variety. Seedlings will be ready for planting mid to late May.

Light Refreshments Served

“Women in the Business of Farming” Workshop Coming to Riverhead

March 4, 2013 in Past Events

Date:  Thursday, March 21, 2013

Time:  8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Place:  Stonewalls Restaurant (at the Woods Golf Course), 867 Reeves Ave. Riverhead

The Suffolk County Chapter of New York Agri-Women is bringing a workshop on women in the business of farming  to Eastern Long Island later this month. The day will feature individual presentations and a panel discussion by women representing different segments of Long Island’s agricultural industry.

Speakers will describe their personal experiences as women in the field of food and related business including  fruit and vegetable farming, grape growing, added value products, and aquaculture. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.


Workshop Fee: $50.00/person. Member of New York Agri-Women: $40.00/person. Make checks payable to: New York Agri-Women(Includes Handouts, Continental Breakfast and Lunch)


Please mail checks to: New York Agri-Women, c/o Becky Wiseman,

P.O. Box 1160 Riverhead, NY 11901

Further information contact:

Becky Wiseman: 631-942-8277,

Debbie Schmitt: 631-807-9420,

New York Agri-Women is a state affiliate of American Agri-Women, a national coalition of women in agriculture. The Organization’s purpose is to educate the public about the importance of agriculture to the economy and the environment, to promote an understanding of the interdependence of agriculture and the consumer, and to support and encourage research and education that will benefit New York’s agricultural industry.

Marguerite Nesteruk Selected as Edible School Garden Coordiinator

February 26, 2013 in Past Events

Slow Food East End has a new Edible School Garden Coordinator, Marguerite Nesteruk, who will be replacing Peter Priolo.  She will begin work immediately helping school gardens prepare for the growing season.  She will join KK Haspell and Jeff Negron who are continuing the work they started last spring.  Slow Food East End’s three School Garden Coordinators provide teachers and students on the East End with technical and practical advice.

“Working hands-on with nature is a priority of mine,”says Marguerite, “along with being committed to furthering the value of environmental awareness.”

Marguerite is a graduate of Pace University and Parsons School of Design. She has taken courses on creating and sustaining school gardens and on permaculture design.  Most recently she worked as a naturalist at Avalon Park and Preserve in Stony Brook.  She has also trained and mentored new employees at Ambassadors of the Environment in California. While there she managed and maintained gardens and garden projects. Marguerite has traveled widely (backpacking all the way) and has worked as a volunteer with several farming and environmental centers.

Slow Food East End’s Master Farmer program is made possible through the generosity of the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation


No Farms No Food Rally On March 13

February 20, 2013 in Past Events

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Legislative Office Building 3rd Floor Terrace
198 State St

Unite with farmers, local foods advocates, community leaders and others who care about local farms and food at the State Capitol in Albany. Meet with state legislators and urge them to support funding and legislation to:
Strengthen New York’s Farm & Food Economy
Protect Farmland and the Environment
Increase Access to Locally Grown Food

For more information, go to No Farms No Food Rally.

Levine Memorial Set for March 24

February 20, 2013 in Past Events

Full information

Levine Memorial Dinner and Cocktail SOLD OUT

February 20, 2013 in Past Events

Thank you to all our supporters!

The dinner and cocktail party raise funds for the  the Joshua Levine Memorial Foundation, which supports Edible School Gardens of the East End.

Last year’s contributions were used to fund stipends for three master farmers and provide equipment grants to individual school gardens. The schools’ projects for last year included  integrating what children are learning in the gardens with school curriculums, and adding three new schools to the gardens group for a total of  20.

You can still donate on the Foundation website.

NOFA To Sponsor East End CSA Fair

February 11, 2013 in Past Events

Learn how to make an investment in your local farm and get a season’s worth of fresh food every week through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share. Northeast Organic Farm Association will sponsor the event in Riverhead Polish Hall, 214 Marcy Ave, on Saturday, March 2, 1:00-3:00 pm.

Sag Harbor Fair Foods Winter/Spring Market Still Open

February 6, 2013 in Past Events

The East End’s only winter market featuring locally grown and artisanal foods will reopen for its third season on February 9 in a new location, Christ Episcopal Church, 5 Hampton Street, corner of East Union Street in Sag Harbor.

The market will operate every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm until mid May, when the Sag Harbor summer market resumes. It will offer a variety of products from local farmers and merchants, including produce and organic chickens, prepared foods and desserts. Area vendors to be represented are Sunset Beach farm, Regina Farm Stand, A Taste of the North Fork, Josephine’s Feast, Martine Abitbol, Dolce Nirvana, Joe and Liza’s Ice Cream, Gula-Gula Empanadas and Mecox Bay Dairy.

For more information contact Ana Nieto,

Mary McfMorgan – Chapter Chair, Events Co-Chair

January 16, 2013 in Past Events

Mary Morgan Slow FoodWhy I joined Slow Food:
I first heard about the idea of “slow food” nine years ago when my husband Tom came home after meeting with Ted Conklin and some members of Slow Food USA at the American Hotel. At first I thought “ok, slow cooking, I know about that” but when I realized it was a growing international food movement to keep small farmers farming, encourage restaurants to source locally, start farmers markets, help schools begin “edible gardens” and sing the praises of local food, and that we could start our own chapter, right here! I was hooked. I love that our local chapter is helping keep the north and south forks “green”, and I’m meeting such wonderful new friends and sharing awesome food and fabulous recipes!, 631-323-2320

Slow Food USA Appoints New Executive Director

January 14, 2013 in Past Events

The Board of Directors has named Richard McCarthy Slow Food USA’s new Executive Director, and sent along the following biography.

Richard has been a Slow Food USA member since 2001 and brings 17 years of executive leadership experience in the non-profit sector. He will begin on January 22, 2013, and we could not be more excited.

After years as an activist in the political arena, Richard co-founded a community garden in the heart of New Orleans. Through that process and the radical change that nourishing social space created in the neighborhood, Richard pivoted to food as an avenue for change. He is driven by the uniquely uniting role food can play among all of us to work towards a shared sense of purpose and interdependence.

Richard is currently the Executive Director of Market Umbrella (, an internationally recognized mentor organization for markets, community building and sustainable economic development. Since he founded the organization in 1995, it has steadily grown and now serves 1,200 markets around the world. He’s an innovative leader with proven success in using food to advance social change, and we’re very lucky to have him.

One of the things we are most excited about is that Richard has had a long and deep commitment to Slow Food. He’s been a Slow Food member since 2001 and led a delegation to Terra Madre in 2008. Richard is also very active in his local New Orleans community, as mentioned above, having founded the Crescent City farmers market and then Market Umbrella. He’s been advocating for food workers and farmers for over 20 years and played a key role after Hurricane Katrina in helping to restart the local agricultural economy, where with the revival of farmers markets, he helped provide returning residents with a sense of normalcy and resilience.  After Hurricane Katrina he partnered with Slow Food to help commercial citrus farmers sell their post-hurricane harvest to Slow Food members around the country, and he launched the White Boot Brigade, a project he worked on with Slow Food USA and the New York City and San Francisco chapters that seeks fair trade for fishing families of the greater New Orleans coastal waters.