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Seeds, Soil, and Seaweed

Mon, 03/20/2023 - 13:41
Durell Godfrey

There are lots of things going on — growing on — at the FoodLab at Stony Brook Southampton.

Hands-on horticulture workshops will kick off Thursday and run for five weeks in two time slots, either 10 a.m. to noon or 4 to 6 p.m. A second phase of the workshop runs from May 4 through June 1. Both take place at Chancellor's Hall on the Southampton campus. The cost is $295, or $250 if a participant is signing up for more than one. Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz is the instructor.

On Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., FoodLab will give away seeds to those involved in school, community, or home gardening. The location is the campus greenhouse, behind the Student Center on Tuckahoe Road.

A five-week workshop on raised-bed gardening kicks off on Thursday, April 5. The classes are from 2 to 4 p.m. and the cost is $295. Participants will build their own raised beds and prepare it for growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs.

Looking ahead, on Friday, April 21, FoodLab will host its first Sea to Soil Summit from 1 to 4 p.m. in partnership with the Montauk Seaweed Company and the university's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. The summit explores the role of kelp in restoring the health of seas and soils and as a food source.

More information and sign-up links can be found online at


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