Our first Harvest Festival in our new garden (last year nothing was growing yet). Even in the cold and rain, we were able to have a blast bringing everyone together to celebrate the Harvest time- one of the oldest celebrations on the planet. The cider press was turning out fresh apple cider all day. We had classrooms bring their own potluck foods and eat an abundance of amazing and fresh homecooked foods. We had face painting, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and more. Although we were forced to move the event inside, the rain didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits.
Many students brought their own plates and utensils. We were aiming for a zero waste event, but this is really hard with over 500 students. We did compost probably over 100 pounds of leftover food and apples. We also had compostable plates and utensils.
Thank you so much to all the volunteers. And especially the middle school students! These amazing young people took an incredible leadership role and really shined and made the event special!