The Edible Campus Eater's Digest

October 4, 2021
Edible Campus UNC is a program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden that creates working landscapes across UNC-Chapel Hill to facilitate campus community engagement in topics of food and agriculture sustainability. 
The okra at Main Garden is reaching the end of its lifecycle but still has a few beautiful blooms. Be sure to check them out before we replace them with Fall crops!


Harvest Moon

Our annual Harvest Moon Festival was a huge success! A special thank you to our guest speakers and student performers. We also appreciate everyone who turned out for the event. We had between 200 and 250 attendees!

If you'd like to learn more about our guest speakers' farms or connect with them, they have provided their Instagrams: 

Kamal Ball from Sankofa Farms: @sankofafarms
Sandi Kronick from Happy Dirt: @happydirtproduce
Ree Ree Wei from Transplanting Traditions: @farmtraditions

Fall 2021 Team Intros
Edible Campus is thrilled to have a large team of talented and passionate students working with on leadership team this semester. We will be introducing each team member in our newsletters for the next few weeks. This installment will feature Emily Martin and Rebecca Beechhold!
Emily is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies. Emily is the student organization's treasurer and is responsible for managing Edible Campus' social media content and accounts. 

"I got involved my freshman year because I needed an excuse to get outside and I knew just a little bit about gardening. I stay involved now because I absolutely adore the people I work with and I love the idea of making sure that fresh, healthy food is free and accessible to everyone on campus." 
Rebecca is a senior majoring in Environmental Studies on the sustainability track, with a double minor in Anthropology and Environmental Justice.  Rebecca's professional interests include organic farming, conservation, and garden management.  Rebecca is one of Edible Campus' work-study students and typically leads harvests at our workdays. 

"I got involved with Edible Campus because I loved their mission! Student food insecurity is very prevalent on college campuses, with about 1/4 of students facing it, so the provision of free and fresh produce is wonderful. Edible Campus also works to educate students and the community about growing food sustainably and is almost entirely volunteer-run, which I love. My favorite thing about being involved with Edible Campus is getting to work with volunteers and teach them new skills such as harvesting, planting, pest management, and more!" 


Workday Updates

Thanks to our workday volunteers, in the past two weeks, we have sifted our compost, spread compost in some of the satellite beds on South Campus, started fall seeds, and have begun planting fall crops. So far, we have planted beets and leaks. Volunteers also helped us harvest and donate 54 pounds of produce! This is hard work that we could not do without you. Thank you! 


Our workdays this semester are every Monday and the occasional Thursday from 3:00-5:00 pm @ the Main Edible Campus Garden behind Davis Library.
Follow this link to sign up and prepare to get your hands (or garden gloves) dirty!

Stay tuned for special workdays happening soon! Each Fall, we have a sweet potato harvest day and a couple of fall planting days. These will be fun workdays that you won't want to miss! 


Stay up to date with what we are working on and receive updates about workdays by following our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Did you know Edible Campus accepts compost donations at the Main Garden behind Davis Library?  Your food waste will be converted into usable compost for our Main Garden and satellite beds once it is finished curing. Be sure to deposit your food waste in the active bin! 

Not sure what you can compost?
Here is a good article about composting.


NCBG Edibles and Ethnobotany Classes

Interested in learning about ethnobotany? Below are some upcoming classes. We hope to see you there! 

10/13/2021: Native Edible Plants in Your Landscape 
Native Edibles Plants for Your Landscape will focus on native fruiting trees, shrubs and vines that are relatively easy to grow. This class will cover the siting and cultural needs of these plants, how to propagate them, as well as the ecological benefits of growing these plants in your landscape. There will be a walking tour at the end of the class to see some of these plants in the garden's habitats.
Register here: 

10/16/2021: Fall Cornucopia: Pumpkins and Fall Foliage in Watercolor
Join Beverly Dyer, Certified Botanical Illustrator, to learn how to paint pumpkins and fall foliage in watercolor. We will learn wet-on-wet techniques and how to shade. Bring a pumpkin of your choice and some fall foliage. Beginners welcome. Beverly's style is loose and fun. 

Register here:

11/3/2021: Foodscaping with Native Plants: Cool Season Edition with Brie Arthur
Thoughtful design and management of landscapes is more important than ever as concerns of climate, water quality and invasive plants increase. Brie will discuss how to create a cool season foodscape using native plants mixed food crops. The best organic products are featured and easy, earth friendly maintenance strategies are highlighted. Learn about native edible plants and the pollinators they attract that aid in ecological restoration. Get inspired to see the potential every landscape offers by transforming them into purposeful spaces that embrace solutions to modern day landscape practices.
Register here:

11/13/2021: Winter Holiday Cards and Tags: Watercolor and Mixed Media
Join nurse-artist and botanical illustrator Beverly Dyer for this expressive painting workshop where we will make beautiful hand-painted holiday cards and tags. Art Prescription workshops are designed to encourage creativity with a dose of art to promote wellness and give the immune system a boost. Have fun, reduce holiday stress, and let the muse play! Each participant will leave with 5 holiday cards + envelopes and 5 tags for gifts or place settings. Cards + envelopes provided; bring your favorite watercolor paint and brushes, a medium-size round brush, and a palette. All levels welcome!
Register here:

What's Growing?

Graham - rosemary, lavender, chives, basil
Stacy -  oregano, rosemary, lavender, sage, winter savory, basil, eggplant, figs
Davis -  stevia, mint, mountain mint, catmint, lemon balm, chamomile, lavender
Lenoir - rosemary, tomatoes, basil, figs, peppers
Fetzer - sweet potatoes
Rams -  okra, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, basil
Hardin - oregano, lavender, sage, chives, figs, peppers
SASB - lavender, eggplant, peppers

Coming soon! Stay tuned for our Fall plants!

Brought to you by the Edible Campus Team:
Kyle Parker - Edible Campus Coordinator

Garden Management Team:
Kathryn Obenshain '21
Becca Beechhold '21
Morgan Flynt '22
Leanna Mahle '23
Tatum Pryor '24

Communications Team:
Michael Dorgan '22
Molly Hanna '22
Olivia Griffith '22
Emily Martin '23
Katie McKinnon '24
Kaylee Nguyen '25

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