About Michael Veracka

Michael Veracka is an Associate Professor within the Department of Urban Horticulture & Design at Farmingdale State College. Michael's teaching interests and design practice focus on sustainable design, edible landscaping and the adaptive reuse of urban spaces.

Michael is the creator of The Sustainable Garden, a new one-half acre demonstration garden within the department’s Teaching Gardens focusing on contemporary strategies and practices relating to responsible resource use, conservation and innovation, product development and food production. In 2013 SUNY designated this garden as one of “Six Big Ideas, With Unlimited Potential,” highlighting the garden as an example of the Power of SUNY.

At the root of his work is a reverence for nature and a respect for the natural environment ... | Read more about Michael

Winter and Spring
Back to School

Back to School

17 students from the department gathered together to work on a literally get-your-hands-dirty project—helping to create a wildlife habitat at Howitt Middle School in the Village of Farmingdale. The concept was developed by associate professor Michael Veracka

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Clark Botanic Garden
A sensory herb garden where visitors are encouraged to explore the prickly and tickly feel of plants, smell the fragrances and even eat some of what is growing there



Cyrilla racemiflora – Swamp cyrilla, TiTi, Leatherwood

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Don't Miss This Event!

Saturday April 14

Reclaim Your Turf: Designing Sustainable Landscapes
A Benefit for the Sustainable Garden

Garden Party


Full Moon Harvest Dinner

"It was a fantastic event! The night was magical"

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Veracka IAICS conference 2015


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Teaching and Curriculum Development

Michael Veracka

Monarchs of Autumn

Monarchs of Autumn