September 23, 2014

Harvest festival will feature food, music

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s sustainable vegetable farm and the Local Organic Gardening Initiative of Carbondale (LOGIC), a registered student organization, is inviting visitors to the inaugural Harvest Festival and Open House on Oct. 2. 

The open house is at the Center for Sustainable Farming, 3373 W. Pleasant Hill Road, Carbondale. Visitors will be able to tour the farm, which includes raised bed garden plots, a hoop house and a permaculture site. Permaculture is the practice of creating a landscape that is self-sustaining and food producing. 

The open house also has a picnic vibe, with snacks created from food grown at the farm, along with music. Visitors can expect accordion music from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by the local folk and bluegrass band, “Hey Honey,” from 4 to 6 p.m. The Student Center Craft Shop will also have an eco-art project -- soda bottle planters. Henna tattooists will also be on site.