The Miller Worley Center will celebrate its seventh year of harvest from the Mount Holyoke student garden with its annual festival, slated this year for Wednesday, September 25 from 4 to 6:30 pm. All members of the Mount Holyoke community are welcome to attend.
The student garden––a gift from the class of 2007 that is located on Prospect Hill––fosters an increased awareness of local, sustainable food production systems and provides an on-campus field site for the study of agro-ecological principles. The garden project also provides a means to build connections to and share knowledge with the agricultural community of the Pioneer Valley, thus strengthening the College’s relationship with the regional community.
The festival will take place atop Mandelle Hill and celebrate the spirit of local food in the Pioneer Valley; there will be food, music, pumpkin carving, and a bit of harvesting. Music will be provided by Miller Worley Center director Tim Farnham, environmental studies professor Kate Ballantine, and Asian studies professor Jonathan Lipman.
Since its inception, the student garden has served as a platform to initiate conversations about local food production, food security, and overall campus sustainability. This year’s garden managers––Madeleine Wojack ‘16, Kayla Smith ’16, and Katie Block ‘15––worked throughout the summer digging, planting, and weeding to get the garden ready for this year’s harvest. In addition to working at the garden, the managers assisted the South Hadley Farmers’ Market and the South Hadley Food Pantry Garden; they also attended the NOFA Conference and the UMass Permaculture Conference.