Last weekend, before many students made their trips home for Thanksgiving, Osprey Productions and the UNF Organic Project hosted the Fall Harvest Festival at the Student Union. The festival included live music by two different local groups, The Fuzz and Lumagrove. There was also a few things the Osprey Plaza had yet to be exposed to, such as live animals for the petting zoo and a hayride to the green and back.
The petting zoo included several ducks, lambs, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, a miniature horse, and even a cow. The animals were just as hungry as the students who were served free vegetarian chili, a variety of wraps, and other healthy options. And of course members from the Organic Project were giving away freshly harvested vegetables from the UNF Ogier Gardens including bok choy and mustard greens. Many students dressed in flannel or other farm themed attire to keep the spirit up.
“We wanted to represent all of the wonderful volunteers that we’ve had at the garden since August and the great harvest from the fall season,” stated Heaston at the festival.
She also said that they plan on making this an annual event.
Students were also able to paint a clay pot to take home with them. The pots were the perfect size for anyone looking to grow fresh herbs. All the students involved in the festival were certainly having a great time even on a cloudy day. Many were dancing to the music played by some of their fellow students while others took full advantage of the hayride or played a game of cornhole.