Excited chatter filled the air as students entered the garden behind Davis Library on Oct. 12 for the Harvest Moon Festival.
Although the line had already stretched to the garden’s gates, students still eagerly waited to explore the tables and grab a plate of Mexican food at the buffet.
The annual festival, hosted by Edible Campus UNC, celebrates the fall season and includes tabling, food and performances by student groups.
This year, the festival featured nine tables hosted mostly by on-campus organizations like Carolina Dining Services and the Chapel Hill Alt. Protein Project. The tables featured an interactive sort-the-waste game, samples of plant-based pork rinds and free tote bags and stickers.
The tables also promoted sustainable initiatives on campus. One of the groups at the event was CompostMates at Carolina, an organization that helps off-campus students compost by picking up their food scraps biweekly.
“Outreach is always really important, [because] we’re always looking for new members for our service and volunteers to help pick those food scraps up on the weekends,” Sara Vandersip, the co-director of CompostMates, said. “We’re a completely student-run organization, so we depend on those volunteers to run our service and it’s super helpful, and to just make people more aware of what composting is.”
Off-campus organizations were also present. The Piedmont Wildlife Center hosted a table where students could interact with live owls, which was a first for the festival.
Samantha Horn, the communications and fundraising coordinator for PWC, explained that the program had previously done an outreach event at the Wellness Fair hosted by the Undergraduate Business Program.
“It’s really important to us to be able to get the word out both about our organization and opportunities we have for students — like internships, jobs, volunteer opportunities — but also to get the word out about just little ways that you can help protect wildlife like these guys,” she said.