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At annual Harvest Moon festival, UNC students celebrate sustainability and community

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Attendees beamed under their masks as they lined up last Wednesday at the fifth annual Harvest Moon Festival, hosted by Edible Campus UNC outside the Genome Science Building.

Festival attendees could sample fruit from the campus’s own edible gardens, watch student group performances, or participate in activities like making their own macaroons.

The event promoted students’ engagement with the Earth through different activities, giving them the opportunity to be creative.

The festival featured performances from several student groups – the Tarpeggios, Moonlight Dance Crew and Chapel Hill Players (CHiPs). The event also included Edible Campus partners, including UNC Libraries, UNC Arts Everywhere, and the Carolina Beekeeping Club.

“We are pleased to support the promotion of awareness of sustainability and mental health through the arts,” said Kathryn Wagner, Associate Director of Arts Everywhere.

The partnership between Arts Everywhere and Edible Campus dates back several years.

“We have worked with them at our Earth Day events in the past and at a plant giveaway last year where people received little kits and could paint pots for their new plants,” he said. said Michael Dorgan, president of the student organization for Edible Campus.

Erin Wadsworth, digital marketing student assistant for Arts Everywhere, said that in the past, one of the most popular collaborations with Edible Campus has been a sale of plants.

“We gave out pots and paint that people could take and make their own,” Wadsworth said. “This is a food and farming event and trying to find that intersection, so we decided to bring it back. “

In addition to food, entertainment and activities, the festival gave students the opportunity to learn about Edible Campus’ sustainability efforts on campus.

Junior Emily Martin, Treasurer of Edible Campus, has helped plan the Harvest Moon Festival since its first year.

“It has easily been one of my favorite college experiences,” she said. “It’s such a great community.”

Edible Campus has a history of working within the UNC community to examine its own relationship with food and where it comes from, Dorgan said. Its mission is also to exploit the agricultural potential of the green spaces of the UNC campus, which includes 11 satellite beds and a main production garden managed by the students.

“This event is one of our ways to give back to the community,” said Dorgan. “Everything here is free and it helps people think of what they eat as something beyond what they get on the supermarket shelves.”

In addition to giving performing groups a platform to participate in the festivities, Arts Everywhere and Edible Campus also rewarded them.

“I think the notion that students should perform to be exhibited or to share is obviously quite outdated,” Wagner said. “So on a small scale, Arts Everywhere is supporting Edible Campus on this project means we’re able to provide some support to the student arts groups performing at tonight’s event. “

Arts Everywhere’s mission is to program through partnerships to integrate the arts into the education of UNC students. Supporting Edible Campus events like the Harvest Moon Festival is one way to accomplish this mission.

“We are looking for connection points between art and everything else,” said Wagner. “Art and sustainability, art and sanity, art and science. We’re just thrilled to be in front of the students again and doing our little bit to make sure they have the opportunity to be curious. “

As participants walked away with pots of plants in hand and perhaps a peach to go, the Harvest Moon Festival came to an end.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring our partners in person this year,” said Dorgan.

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