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CCE Announces First Fall Festival to Be Held on East Meadow Farms Property

The event will take place on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE) announced on Tuesday that its first Fall Farm Festival will be held on the East Meadow Farms property in October.

The free event will take place at the new East Meadow Farm and Horticulture Center, which was occupied by the former Friendly Farms at 832 Merrick Ave., on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13.

The property was preserved under the Nassau County Environmental Bond Act in 2008 when the county took ownership from the Marks family. Bernadette and Danielle Brennan ran Friendly Farms on the land for several years until the CCE won a request for proposal in October of 2010 to operate on the property.

The festival will include organic vegetables and fruits as well as butterfly, herb and rose gardens. There will also be horticultural, nutritional and autumn craft presentations.

CCE is an educational subordinate governmental agency association that provides research-based information and educational programs for communities. The organization, which was established in 1914, is committed to building healthy lifestyles and healthy communities by conducting educational programs that connect Cornell University resources to Nassau County.

Emily Wood contributed to this report.

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What do you think about the fall festival coming to East Meadow? Tell us in the comments below.

Joanna Festa September 27, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I think they should do something more family friendly. Everyone heads out east for pumpkin picking, hay rides, cider...etc. It would be nice if they did that here in East Meadow. It would bring people into the neighborhood. Neighborhood eateries would benefit too!
grace lopez September 28, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Exactly Joanna, previously when it was family owned, they did exactly that, and I and my grandson's enjoyed picking pumpkins each year and visiting the haunted house and purchasing the very reasonably priced and fresh organic produce. As my grandsons would come from CT, it was very convenient not to have put them back in the car for a long ride with gas prices as high as they are to go pumpkin picking. I am sure that the information that the CCE plans to educate the community about is available most anywhere to people who are interested. I wonder why government and agencies feel it is their obligation to take over and educate the community. Really it is our responsibility as citizens to seek out information and tax money can be better utilized to fix real problems. This award and take over is just a little to socialistic for my taste. I prefer a free market society where we all learn to think for ourselves.
Douglas R Wood Sr September 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I agree with both of you. It should be a farm selling products grown there and L.I. Fall feat should be pumpkin picking and hayrides.
Susan Rose September 29, 2012 at 01:51 AM
What time?
robert September 29, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I knew the former owners and they were the victims of Nassau county's greedy property tax. They didn't leave by choice, they were being choked to death and could no longer make a go of the farm.
bernadette Brennan October 02, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Bernadette Brennan Thank You for your forthright comments concerning the former Friendly Farms.The whole take over by the county was done unfairly.I enjoyed serving the community and being a provider of Halloween Fun. Thank you again for your positive comments when the negative does such a disservice to the Taxpaying community.

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