Over 300 students from area high schools and middle schools will descend on the Food What?! farm this week to harvest pumpkins, sample food from the farm and hear from their peers about how working on the farm has impacted their lives. The annual Harvest Festival in the Fall and the Spring Strawberry Blast are outreach events planned, coordinated, executed and promoted by Food What?! students for their fellow students. They demonstrate not only what they’ve learned about sustainable farming, but also show by example the leadership skills they develop through the program.
Harbor High student Max Tejada is the event planner for the 2011 Harvest Festival. He shares this message:
This is our biggest event of the year! With all the activities we have planned out it will be a lot of fun! So come on by and have a great time!
We the youth at “Food, What?!” think it is important for the students to have a positive farm experience, a personal connection with organic farming and healthy food, and educate them about food justice. We also want to nurture a sense of living with sustainability in mind. We will be having three hundred students this year, and we will be giving them more stations than ever before! We are bringing back old favorites including Pizza Making, Hayrides, and “The Way Out!” (skit). Our harvest festival will be a pool full of fun and learning for the youth to drink from, so come on by and have a sip!
We think this event will help youth in our community learn more about making choices for a healthier lifestyle.
This event is organized and led by “Food, What?!” (a project of Life Lab) in close partnership with the Wellness Committee of Santa Cruz City Schools and the UCSC Farm and Garden. A video from a previous year’s phenomenal Harvest Festival can be viewed here.
Download the poster here.