The UCF Arboretum provides a sustainable outdoor environment that allows students to enjoy diverse foliage along the Lake Claire pathway or partake in a relaxing afternoon in the community garden.
On June 7 and June 8, the Arboretum is welcoming students and community members to join the Summer Harvest Feast where they will have the opportunity to pick fresh produce from the garden and use it to prepare a dish for a potluck feast.
Participants have a variety of produce options including basil, eggplant, carrots, cherry tomatoes, okra and sweet potatoes, according to the Arboretum’s website. The produce can be retrieved from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 7.
The potluck feast is being held at 11:30 a.m. on June 8.
The Summer Harvest Feast is limited to 20 participants, and those interested in the event have been asked to contact Alex Stringfellow, the garden manager, by email to confirm their attendance.
The Arboretum provides students with many other opportunities for getting involved on campus. Students are welcome to volunteer landscaping in the community organic vegetable and herb garden, host regularly scheduled tours and help manage the campus green space. Other volunteer opportunities include pruning, weeding, picking up litter and maintaining the walking trails.
Participants must be able to commit to a minimum of two hours per volunteer day beginning at 8 a.m. throughout the week. Service learning hours, internship opportunities and work study program assistance are other services that they provide.
To learn more about the UCF Arboretum, visit www.arboretum.ucf.edu.