Ecological Culture Initiative
Heritage Gardens Tea 🍵
Join the staff of ECI for a mid-winter gathering featuring teas from locally grown or foraged sources, as well as savory organic baked goods. Learn how to make teas from native plants that have medicinal properties.
Price: $20 per person
Sunday, February 25th, 2018, 2-4 PM
Historic St. Joseph's Villa on Shinnecock Bay
81 Lynn Ave, Hampton Bays, NY
The Ecological Culture Initiative will host a Seed Sorting Party on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 7 - 9 PM at the Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Ave, Hampton Bays, NY 🌱
As Emma Hughes frolicked in her East Quogue backyard on a recent sunny Monday afternoon, the curious 3-year-old bent over and plucked a nearly ripened radish out of the ground to give to her mother Doria.
The radish was among a collection of plants and vegetables Ms. Hughes is growing on her half-acre property. Throughout the past several months, Ms. Hughes, a novice gardener, has been transforming her grassy yard into a blooming garden filled with more vegetables than she could possibly need to feed her family of five.
Ms. Hughes picked up gardening in the early spring when she enrolled in a series of adult classes offered by the Ecological Culture Initiative, or ECI, a nonprofit based in Hampton Bays, started two years ago by Marc Fasanella.
The nonprofit encourages residents, homeowners and even business owners to incorporate traditional, pesticide-free agricultural practices into their landscaping as some of the first steps to improving the environment.
Hampton Bays, originally established as Good Ground in 1740 as an agrarian and fishing community, contains distinctive ecological characteristics—now threatened by development—that still play an important role in the community’s deeply rooted identity. The Ecological Culture Initiative (ECI), a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to using geospatial mapping and examination to evaluate cultural, historic and ecological assets, which, when taken collectively, bring to light a rationale for why Good Ground can serve as an example of regenerative neighborhood development.
The Ecological Culture Initiative, which launched a seed lending library at the Hampton Bays Library in mid-March, has big plans to turn Hampton Bays into a worldwide leader in the permaculture movement, encouraging food growers to work within the native environment, while also honoring the hamlet’s human history.
ECI's Education Director Marc Fasanella appeared on WRIV's Gianna Volpe Report on March 9th, and discussed important topics including Sustainability, Biodiversity, and the upcoming Seed Movie Encore.
See the staff of the Ecological Culture Initiative present their vision to the Southampton Town Board, including the Good Ground Center for Field Ecology & Regenerative Design.
Listen to ECI's Founder & Education Director Marc Fasanella talk with Sustainable East End - full interview online!
Seeds are among the most vital things in the world for human survival. Some of the most common foods consumed in America trace back to a handful seeds—including soy, corn, and wheat. But over the past century...
Environmentalists in Hampton Bays are making it easier for their neighbors to eat local and grow their own vegetables. The Ecological Culture Initiative, a new nonprofit led by Marc Fasanella of Hampton Bays, is working on one of its first projects: creating a seed library at the Hampton Bays Library.
After years of attending community meetings to discuss what can be done to improve the (cultural) environment in Hampton Bays—and not seeing much progress—Marc Fasanella decided to take matters into his own hands.
Restore the best practices of the past and advance the most regenerative principles of our time.