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Event Spotlight: Celebrating the Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm

Event on Monday evening will showcase and support the rooftop farm at Stony Brook's Health Sciences Center.

Yes, you read that right – Stony Brook's Health Sciences Center has a rooftop farm. And on Monday night, a fundraiser will be held to celebrate and support the farm, dubbed "Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm."

But the farm, a volunteer operation that was initially supported by a New York State Department of Health grant, will soon lose its funding and needs help to sustain it.

Members of the community can attend this special event, which will take place Monday at 5:30 p.m. on the HSC's east deck rooftop at Level 4. In case of rain, it will take place on Wednesday. Admission is $100, with checks payable to Three Village Inn.

The event will include food tastings, book signings, and a vegetable auction, with guests including:

  • Chef Guy Reuge of Mirabelle
  • Chef Tom Schaudel of Jewel
  • Chef Lia Fallon of Amarelle
  • Chef John Mastacciuola from Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Farmer & poet Scott Chaskey of Quail Hill Farm
  • Leann Lavin, author of The Hamptons and Long Island Homegrown Cookbook

The rooftop farm harvests hundreds of pounds of organic food each year, which is used in preparing meals at the hospital. It is tended by volunteers. For more information on the farm, you can visit its Facebook page here.

Andrew L September 10, 2012 at 03:31 AM
It's great to see a positive use of what otherwise be wasted roof space.
Leeann Lavin September 10, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing "my" chefs & growers from my book, The Hamptons & Long Island Homegrown Cookbook. I will provide some background about the making of the book, why locally grown food is best & a reading from the book's profiles about each of the featured chefs: Tom Schaudel, Lia Fallon & Guy Reuge. And can't wait for farmer Scott Chaskey to auction those priceless vegetables! And oh-the tastings from the chefs' homegrown recipes will be amazing .... See you at Stony Brook Rooftop Farm. Leeann. Author: Hamptons & Homegrown Cookbook

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