Harvest on Henry Is Coming — and You Can Help!

Stephanie Kane, Weavers Way Local Purchasing Coordinator

Harvest on Henry is right around the corner! Weavers Way Farms’ biggest event of the year, Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m., showcases the Henry Got Crops CSA farm at Saul High School. At the festival, you’ll enjoy hayrides and kids’ games, student-made ice cream and apple-cider donuts, pumpkin painting, pumpkin golf and pumpkin bowling and great food, including burgers and tacos from the Weavers Way kitchen. And don’t forget the Pie Baking Contest!

We’ve been working all year to get ready, but Harvest on Henry is really made possible by countless volunteers. If you have Co-op hours to fill, consider coming out for a couple hours and working alongside the Saul students and teachers who also are an integral part of our farm. Or help in the kitchen, or join a committee and take care of your whole household’s requirement! All volunteers will also receive 8 free tickets to be used for festival activities. 

Go to the Online Work Calendar in the Member Center (members.weaversway.coop) to sign up for shifts on Oct. 15, or contact Stephanie Kane at skane@weaversway.coop if you’ve got a particular skill to contribute. 

Here are some of the volunteer jobs on the day of the festival:

  • Face Painting: Templates are provided to volunteer face-painters. This is a really popular activity, so we need lots of painters! 
  • Kids’ Games & Pumpkin Painting: Take tickets, stock supplies.
  • Farm Market and Cafe: Sell apples, cider, coffee, tea, apple-cider doughnuts.
  • Pie Committee: Cut, package and sell donated pies.
  • Ticket Sales: Work the booth selling tickets and T-shirts, and answering questions.
  • Weavers Way Kitchen: Take tickets, help with serving, stock supplies.

There are also plenty of tasks to be done before the festival, including handing out fliers and painting. 

If you’d like to serve on a Harvest on Henry committee, expect to attend a couple of meetings prior to HOH, and keep in touch with event coordinators in between. On the day of the festival, you’ll take more of a coordinator role, orienting student and adult volunteers to their tasks. Can’t make the scene on Oct. 15? There’s plenty of committee work to do just getting ready. 

  • Pie Contest & Sales: Help organize the Pie Baking Contest and pie donations, and promote the pie contest to the public, including Co-op and CSA members and the surrounding community, and working with students to sell pie during the festival.
  • Kids’ Activities: Help get supplies for kid’s activities, including soliciting donations from businesses and setting up games the day before. Coordinate volunteers running the games and activities.
  • Face Painting: We will need help getting supplies, including soliciting donations for materials. You don’t need to be an artist to help with face painting! You just need to show volunteer painters how to use our templates for painting, and keep them supplied with materials. 
  • Cow Plop Bingo: Our bingo board goes around to community events before HOH, allowing people to buy blocks in advance. 
  • Vendors: Help find and register nonprofits, local businesses and craftspeople to sell and exhibit in our vendor area. At the festival, help vendors unload, set up at their tables and find parking. 

We hope to see you at the farm!