The Miller Worley Center for the Environment is welcoming all members of the Mount Holyoke community to the fifth annual Harvest Festival this Wednesday, September 21 at 4 pm at the MHC Student Garden atop Mandelle Hill. This festive event will celebrate the spirit of local food in the Pioneer Valley and will include food, music, pumpkin carving, and a bit of harvesting. Music will be provided by Tim Farnham, Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Center for the Environment, and Felicia Gressitt Bock Professor of Asian Studies Jonathan Lipman.
The hands-on Student Garden Project (also known as Crops for a Closer Community, which is a part of the student organization Food Justice Society) began in 2004 with an independent study conducted by Kristen Schafenacker ’05 and Heidi Roop ’07. The project spurred the interest of fellow students and soon sought formal approval from the College, with the senior class of 2007 generously providing a class gift to start the project. Since then, the garden has served as a platform to initiate conversations about local food production, food security, and overall campus sustainability.
Two garden managers tend the garden over the summer as a part of the Miller Worley Center’s Garden Internship program. This summer, the garden has been under the meticulous care of Ingrid King ’13 and Paula Mugnani ’13. Since then, the garden has served as a platform to initiate conversations about local food production, food security, and overall campus sustainability.
The Harvest Festival is also the prelude to the annual Fall Harvest Gracious Dinner, which takes place the following day in all dining halls. The dinner usually coincides with the Massachusetts Farm to College Week. All the food served on the menu is locally grown, and will include vegetables harvested from the Student Garden.
For more information visit the Miller Worley Center website.