Greenfest is a semi-annual series held on the campus of UNC Asheville in March and September that celebrates sustainability, students and community. If you are interested in helping with the planning and development of Greenfest projects and events, please contact us! We are always excited to meet old and new friends happy to lend a hand.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Spring Greenfest is brought to you by the UNC Asheville Student Government Association, the Student Environmental Center, and the many sponsors listed below.

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Fall Greenfest 2018: Calendar of Events

"One Southern Family"

Join UNC Asheville students, staff and faculty as we explore, enhance and celebrate sustainability on our campus. From the keynote presentation by Michael Twitty, to a beescaping workshop, to a gleaning field trip to gather food for those in need, there's something for everyone at Spring Greenfest. 

Tuesday September 4
Farm-to-Table Dinner on the Quad SOLD OUT 5:30pm - 8:30pm

The 2018 Dinner will be guest hosted by Michael Twitty. Michael Twitty is a culinary historian, living history interpreter, and Judaics teacher from the Washington D.C. area. He is the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy. Twitty's 2017 book, The Cooking Gene, was recently honored with two James Beard Foundation awards for writing and for book of the year.

Thursday September 6th
2nd Annual Community Seed Swap 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Lipinsky Hall Lobby

Seed saving is a culturally and ecologically important practice that requires much work and care. We want to honor the hard work of seed savers by being mindful and respectful of their craft. This is not an open seed giveaway. The event will be designed to allow for varying participation, including monetary donations in exchange for seeds as well as direct seed exchanges. There will be space for folks who want to bring their own seeds to swap and share. Please drop in anytime from 5:00 to 6:30 with seeds and stories to trade, and ask any of the seed savers on hand whatever seed and garden questions you might have! Seed saving equipment, demonstrations, and stories about old seed varieties will be happening throughout the event.

"Culinary Justice": Keynote by Michael Twitty  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Lipinsky Auditorium

Michael Twitty, culinary historian, Judaic studies teacher and creator of the blog Afroculinaria, will deliver UNC Asheville’s Fall 2018 Greenfest Keynote Lecture, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 in Lipinsky Auditorium. His talk, Culinary Justice: Defining a Theory of Gastronomic Sovereignty, is free and open to everyone.

The public also is invited to arrive early for the second annual Community Seed Swap, which will take place in the Lipinsky Hall lobby from 5-6:30 p.m., and to enjoy vegetarian soul food from local chef Gene Ettison that will be available for sale outside of Lipinsky Hall.

The Fall 2018 Greenfest Keynote Lecture is sponsored by many UNC Asheville programs and offices and by A-B Tech Community College, Asheville Jewish Community Center, Biltmore Farms Hotels, Buchi, Joyce Farms, Mountain Food Products, Our State magazine, Sow True Seed and Spriggly’s Beescaping.

Friday September 7th
Wild Food Foraging Workshop  3:00 - 6:00pm
Registration required

Learn about forageable foods available on campus with local experts from No Taste Like Home. No Taste Like Home is one of the largest foraging tour companies in the world and the only one specializing in forage-to-table adventures. Their mission is to help people feel at home. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Sponsored by the Healthy Campus Initiative.

Saturday September 8th
Fall Plant and Rummage Sale  9:00am - 3:00pm
Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens and numerous local plant vendors will offer a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers for fall planting. BGA members will get a 10% discount on BGA-grown plants that we sell at the gazebo. As always, this event will take place rain or shine. The Botanical Gardens receives no city, state or federal funds. Instead, we receive our funding exclusively through memberships, donations, gift shop sales and the fall and spring plant sales.

Reinvest interest meeting  1:00 - 2:00pm
Glass House next to Ramsey Library

Join students for a conversation about the fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment initiatives that have been taking place for the last five years at UNCA.  James Smith, Natalie Izlar, and Kelsey Hall will be on hand to talk with interested students about this process, and about how they can be involved.

Guided Meditation in the Botans  2:30 - 4:00pm
Meet at the Free Store at Highsmith Student Union

The president of Mindfulness Club, Lydia Senghas, will take you on a guided walking and seated meditation in the Botanical Gardens.  Come immerse yourself in nature through mindfulness practice! Sponsored by the UNCA Mindfulness Club.

Sunday September 9th
Off-Campus Service: Gleaning at a local farm with ASHE  10:00am - 1:00pm
Registration Required

Join members of ASHE (Active Students for a Healthy Environment) for a trip to a local farm to glean veggies for people in need. Gleaning is an ancient practice of collecting edible food from farms after the main harvest is complete for distribution in the community. Carpooling options from campus will be provided. Bring work gloves if you have them, closed toed shoes, sun protection, a water bottle and a smile. Sponsored by ASHE.

Tuesday September 11th
Campus Work Day  10:00am - 5:00pm
Registration required for 1-hour shifts

University faculty, staff, and students along with our community neighbors will roll up their sleeves to plant milkweed, paint, help with light housekeeping, manage invasive species, build bee hotels, and more! Duties will be assigned when you report for your shift in front of Brown Hall. Come prepared with appropriate work clothes, closed-toe shoes, a refillable water bottle, and if you have them, work gloves. Volunteers can sign-up for 1-hour shifts from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to give back to your campus and get service hours. Sponsored by Campus Operations.

Local lunch  11:00pm - 2:00pm
Brown Hall

Lunch at Brown Hall will feature items from various local producers. Sponsored by UNCA Dining Services.

Wednesday September 12th
Beescaping workshop  10:00am - 12:00pm
Registration required

Join Jill Jacobs from Spriggly's Beescaping for a workshop that will include help you better understand the why's and how's of creating pollinator friendly landscapes as well as a short walking tour to key sites on campus. All participants will also have the opportunity to create and take home "seed bombs" with a mix of liatris, asclepias tuberosa, columbine, and black eyed susan seeds. Sponsored by Campus Operations and Spriggly's Beescaping.

Fall Greenfest Men's Soccer Match: UNCA v App State  6:00 - 8:00pm
Soccer Fields

Come join your UNC Asheville Athletics for our Sustainability Appreciation Night for Men's Soccer with a matchup against in-state rival Appalachian State.  All the activities surrounding the game will draw focus to the highlights of the Asheville sustainability campaign, including a presence from SAAC helping keep Greenwood Field green by sorting all waste into the various collection bins, plus tips and tricks to help live a green lifestyle in WNC.  In addition, we'll have a special Greenfest themed halftime competition that you won't want to miss. Sponsored by UNC Asheville Athletics.

Thursday September 13th
Compost workshop and free bins for campus residents  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Highsmith Student Union Lobby

The Student Environmental Center garden managers will be handing out mini compost bins for use in the residence halls (while supplies last) and teaching students how to maintain their bins hygienically. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center.

Archived Greenfest Posters

Spring 2014
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Spring 2015
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Spring 2016
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Spring 2017
Fall 2017