Pink Pumpkin Patch for breast cancer research is orange and brown

500 pounds of smashed pumpkin to get seeds; pumpkins were donated by breast cancer foundation

By Gregory Jackson

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500 pounds of smashed pumpkin to get seeds; pumpkins were donated by breast cancer foundation

This week I helped urban farmer Salonica Payne collected 500 pounds of spent pumpkin after Forward Church’s food drive. Pastor Jeff Bodziony and volunteers smashed the pumpkins for the seeds, possibly for children’s ministry or the Church’s commitment to food drives for the hungry in Cleveland’s Slavic Village and Broadway food desert.

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, a grantmaking organization that brokers relationships with pumpkin growers and a percent on sale of their pumpkin for the foundation to distribute/donate funds to reputable breast cancer research organizations, Groundz assured not only a zero organic waste food drive with pumpkins, but also a needed resource to grow local food, compost.

Last week we re-“cycled” 280 pounds of radishes after unclaimed food from Forward Church’s food drive would have been thrown out.

The leaves were donated by a private resident in Parma, just with their donation we were able to properly compost the 500 pounds of pumpkin and a week of food waste from Merwin’s Wharf, by mixing the leaves with both pumpkin and restaurant food waste. Please consider donating your leaves to an urban farm, community garden, or keep them to cover and protect your soil over winter for excellent spring planting conditions.

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