This morning, I had the opportunity to connect a part of my past with my present in a feel-good, synergistic course of action.
Twelve years ago, Nanette Muzante, a friend and former co-worker (from now-closed, Mohlenhoff’s Greenhouses in Huntington) offered me a position to work as her assistant in the Greenhouse at AHRC Nassau, in Brookville. Working with Nanette and the Greenhouse workers was so much more than seeding, weeding, watering and mulching. As a horticulturist, my job was professionally rewarding. As a parent, the work was meaningful and humbling. As a living, breathing lover of life, working at AHRC was more fun than I ever would have imagined.
After a couple of years, life took a few turns and I moved on.
Having maintained my friendship with Nanette (it has now been 22 years since we first met), I reached out to her a few months ago when it became apparent that Edible Long Island was finally coming to fruition. As editor, I wanted to tell the story of Nanette, the Greenhouse, its workers and the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors. Through the words of Natalia de Cuba Romero and the photographs of Heather Walsh, we will tell this story in our July digital launch. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, the Greenhouse, which is open to the public, has vegetable and flower seedlings, herbs, hanging baskets and perennials that are ready for planting right now. Contact Nanette at 516.626.1000 ext. 3301.