Third Annual Harvest Fest a Success


The third annual Harvest Festival took place in the Panther Plot’s garden Thursday evening.

The late-summer event was filled with free samples of salsa, hummus, and fresh veggies.

Entertainment was provided by Cassie O’Meara and her band as community members mingled amongst the tomatoes, watermelons, and other plentiful produce.

Visitors were welcomed to pick any produce that they wished to take home, apart from the watermelons, that are sold at the end of the summer season.

Many of the plants were seeded in the campus greenhouse and transferred to the gardens by students.

Guests were able to walk throughout the plot via brand new pathways that were established this summer thanks to the design of UNI graduate Brittany Nelson, along with the hard work of students affiliated with the Green Project UNI.

I conversed with a few of the volunteers who helped implement the new architecture, and discovered that most of the students had majors that are relatively unrelated to botany – they simply enjoyed spending the time outside and working with their hands.

Student organizations — such as UNI Dance Marathon — were invited to set up tables to inform community members about their causes.  Molly Smith, Ellie Bullock, and Greta Kos were three representatives that educated me about UNI Dance Marathon, and how the proceeds are forwarded to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, as well as the Children’s Miracle Network.

The Panther Plot’s third annual Harvest Festival was a great opportunity to try new food, listen to excellent music, and meet friendly people who care about the environment and their community.