Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Pumpkins galore

We now have lots of pumpkin seeds, thanks to the generosity of Stonebridge City Farm. They've donated us lots of seed which will be used as part of a schools project, culminating in our second annual Pumpkin Festival on 30th October. We will give out pumpkin seeds and plants to encourage schools, as well as individuals, to grow pumpkins which are then entered into various displays and competitions at the festival.

Last year we had competitions for the biggest pumpkin (it was truly enormous) and for the best-decorated pumpkin. There were also lots of activities, including pumpkin food tasting, pumpkin carving, pumpkin games, and a pumpkin beauty spa.

Many thanks to Stonebridge City Farm, who are based in the urban heart of Nottingham. They run their own growing projects, as well as giving city people a chance to meet farm animals and enjoy a beautiful little haven within a few minutes' walk of the city centre. As well as taking a look at their website, you may wish to check out their online petition to save part of the farm from being converted into a car park.

"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till it's gone,

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot" Joni Mitchell


  1. Ben - I still have all the giant pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin that took 2nd place and was donated to us. The guy who grew the pumpkin asked to have some, but when I rang the number I thought was his, it was wrong. I wonder if we could get a local press story out of this to both contact him and get a bit of publicity for this. I'd also like him to get some of his seeds back - especially after he was so generous to us.

  2. Just to remind everyone to get their PUMPKINS and SUNFLOWERS going for the competition on saturday 30th October 2010 11-3 at the DIG IN site. There will be different activities, crafts and food and prizes for the winners of categories- largest headed sunflower, heaviest pumpkin,largest pumpkin and the best decorated pumpkin.Let us know if you will be entering the competition or just come along on the day.Look out for publicity closer to the event but for now... get growing!