Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center (LIHREC)


The 68-acre facility is dedicated to serve the research and extension needs of the horticulture industries of Long Island. The facility features agricultural fields and research plots, state-of-the-art greenhouses, a nursery and container production area, and a plant tissue culture facility in support of research projects ranging from grape and vegetable production, to ornamentals and floriculture.

LIHREC is located close to the tip of Long Island, in the heart of Suffolk County. Unique growing conditions on Long Island provide exceptional opportunities for this region. The climate is ideal for farming — it is the only area in New York State with USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7. Strong underground aquifers provide plenty of fresh water.

But the reputation of Suffolk County's agriculture is literally rooted in its characteristic white, sandy soils. 

Sandy, white soils

Suffolk County's exceptional soils are the result of thousands of years of glacial deposition. They have excellent drainage, moderate water-holding capacity, and modest fertility. These glacial soils are among the finest in the world and provide unique opportunities for farmers and growers.

Yellow squash blossoms grow amongst a field of squash plants.

Serving the community for over 100 years