Lettuce Celebrate

By: Bianca Greeff, Graduate Assistant

If you are looking for an event that encompasses all of your favorite things about October, look no further than the Edible Campus Garden’s Fall Harvest Soirée. There will be gardening, music, dancing, costumes, and refreshments.

Garden volunteer using a hoe.

The soirée will take place in the Pioneer Garden, just east of the Pioneer Theater, on Friday, Oct. 21 with festivities starting at 2 p.m.  In its sixth year, the Edible Campus Gardens Fall  Harvest Soirée will surely not disappoint. The soirée marks the end of the main growing season, but, projects and workshops will also continue throughout the winter; stay tuned for more details to come soon.

The soirée volunteer session will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. Volunteers will help get the garden ready for winter by removing irrigation, planting cover crops, and composting dead plants. We will also plant garlic to keep the vampires away.  You will reap the fruits of your labor by taking home what remains of the harvest season bounty. All gardening supplies will be provided. At 4 p.m., after the volunteer session, the food, celebration, and festivities will commence. There will be refreshments by El Sillero, music, and a prize for the best vegetable-themed costume.

Garden volunteers at the soiree.

Alizabeth Potucek, the Edible Campus Gardens Program Coordinator, calls the soirée “a festive and fun volunteer event and end-of-season celebration.” She continues, “It is a time for us to celebrate our bountiful harvest and to thank our amazing volunteers and contributors. This year we are have harvested over 1,000 lbs. of produce and accumulated over 700 volunteer hours. We certainly have a lot to celebrate. But it is still a great event for first-time garden volunteers. We encourage everyone to come on down and enjoy the party and volunteering.”

If you have volunteered every week, or not at all, join us in a celebration of service and support of the student-run gardens on campus.

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