Grow Your Own Food All Year Long

March 30, 2013 in Past Events

South Fork
Date:  Saturday, April 6, 2013
Time:  12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Location:  Fair Foods Farmers’ Market, 4 East Union Street corner of 114 in Sag Harbor, NY

North Fork
Date:  Sunday, April 21, 2013
Time:  2:00 pm
Location:  Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First Street, Greenport, NY

Renato Stafford of Homegrown, who has been passionate about organic vegetable gardening for over 20 years, will share many innovative techniques to grow wholesome and plentiful food all year long.  Topics include making soil, choosing a site, seeds, weeds, succession planting, crop rotation, food storage, and building a four-season “High Tunnel” greenhouse. Teaching old world methods presented with enthusiasm, Renato has helped many homeowners, schools and businesses grow healthy organic food right in their backyard./

Spring Workshop at KK’s The Farm in Southold, Sunday, June 2

March 30, 2013 in Past Events

KK will demonstrate some basics of vegetable planting, and using the biodynamic principles that she employs in her growing:

The 2-hour workshop will cover the followoing:

How to make soil blocks (anyone with a soil blocker please bring it) for stress – free and environmentally safe planting
how to use and install Reemay row covers during cold weather periods
How to prepare beds for planting
Putting biodynamic preps out for soil fertility and to combat any toxins in the soil (available for sale)
Using the biodynamic calendar – learning the cosmic rhythms for successful planting of root, leaf, fruit and flowers

Sunday, June 2, 2013
3 pm
59945 Main Rd Southold, NY 11971
(631) 765-2075

RSVP: “KK” at

Growing Farmers Film Debuts on North Fork

March 14, 2013 in Past Events

Growing Farmers, an 18 minute short film about how the Peconic Land Trust is encouraging a new breed of  young East End farmers will be shown on Saturday, June 8, from 3:00-4:30 pm at the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library in downtown Cutchogue.  After the screening, several farmers featured in the film, including Chris Browder and Stephanie Gaylor, will discuss it with the PLT’s Dan Heston.

Directed by Michael Halsband, “Growing Farmers” won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2012. Admission is free but reservations are requested. Please contact the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library at 631-734-6360.

If you are interested in screening the film for your community or school group, please contact the Peconic Land Trust’s Kathy Kennedy at 631.283.3195. You can also view the film on Vimeo.


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.