November 23, 2010
On November 20, 2010, local gardeners, farmers, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations came together at The First Annual Winter Park Harvest Festival, a day-long event celebrating the community's grassroots local food movement. The event, which took place in Central Park on Park Avenue, featured live music, food tastings, lectures and information sessions on sustainable agriculture, shopping, and other do-it-yourself gardening projects, making it a fun-filled educational activity for families and students alike.
This year, several members of the Rollins Community turned the event into an opportunity for service and learning. One group who was particularly involved was the Sustainable Agriculture class, taught by Professor Andrew Landis. Students participated in the Harvest Festival by providing volunteer services the day of the event and by helping with the site layout and design.
"The Winter Park Harvest Festival offers many opportunities for Rollins students to become involved with stakeholders in the local sustainable food movement. There is a strong interest in local food, and this event is an excellent opportunity to educate the community about the benefits of fresh, healthy, locally-grown products," said Landis.
Students also contributed to the Festival's efforts by growing vegetables in small boxes that were on display the day of the event.