Student Farm will host Harvest Fest on September 15, with music, food and activities

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The 7th Annual Harvest Fest on the Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm at Penn State will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 15. All are invited to kick off the fall season and enjoy the outdoors on the farm.

The celebration will include activities including a musical performance by local musicians Tyne and the Fastlyne, tastings of freshly prepared food with seasonal crops and an up close view of the diverse vegetable farm.

Visitors can also plant their own succulent for $5 (free for Penn State students with ID, courtesy of University Park Student Fee). Non-students can pay in cash or by check.

Harvest Fest will have activities for all ages. Other activities include coloring bookmarks with natural dyes from farm-grown plants, peeling apples with an antique peeler, and face painting.

Free buses will be available to take guests to and from campus throughout the event. The blue event buses will board at the Curtin Road bus stop near the Creamery. For more information on farm transportation, visit the Ross Student Farm website.

An exciting new feature at this year’s Harvest Fest will be an on-farm tree planting ceremony. Cayuga SHARE (Strengthening Haudenosaunee-American Relations through Education) farm caretaker Dan Hill presented student farm Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross with a catalpa when Hollie Kulago (Diné), an associate professor at the College of Education, visited the closes earlier this year. Kulago hopes to begin a relationship that will become a pathway for Penn State University to support Cayuga SHARE Farm and Indigenous sovereignty.

“SHARE Farm is a great example of how Indigenous allies and communities can collaborate through educational experiences to support Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination,” Kulago said. “Attend Harvest Fest to learn more about SHARE Farm and support for Indigenous peoples, communities and nations.

Ross Student Farm interns and Student Farm Club members have been working for months to plan this event. Olivia Kranefuss, Student Farm Club member and lead festival organizer, looks forward to welcoming new and returning members to our campus and surrounding community.

“We are so excited to invite people to experience the last days of summer on the farm,” Kranefuss said. “All the flowers, fresh food and sunshine!”

This year’s Harvest Fest is made possible in part through sponsorship by Nestlé and support from Penn State Auxiliary and Business Services, whose chefs will prepare tastings.

For more information, visit Harvest Fest.

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