Pumpkin carving, face painting, and pressing cider were just a few of the activities enjoyed at the first annual Harvest Fest held Oct. 16 in the Harvard Community Garden. The event, planned by student caretakers of the garden, marked the end of garden’s first summer growing season.
During the three hour event held last Saturday, the garden bustled with students, community members, and passer-bys who enjoyed a perfect fall day entertained by live music, cooking demonstrations, and food from Clover Food Lab’s mobile kitchen.
Garden staff members were on hand to tour visitors through the garden while explaining its role in promoting healthy and sustainable food production. Students are responsible for the garden planning, planting, and day-to-day maintenance.
The Harvard Community Garden is an ongoing collaboration managed by the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard Medical School, working closely with students, faculty, and administrators at Harvard University, including the Harvard Garden Association, the Office for Sustainability, the Food Literacy Project of Harvard University Dining Services, Landscape Services, the Graduate School of Design and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The garden is staffed during the summer by two full-time undergraduate interns, and during the academic term by the Student Association.