Before we could have a pumpkin project we needed seed and a place to plant them. Santa Maria Seed generously donated seed. Marc DeBernardi ,the Santa Maria High School FFA teacher and some of his students came over to help rototill an area behind the classrooms at the school. Unfortunately, the ground was too hard and not moist enough. Tyler, Marc’s nephew one of the FFA students said, “Let’s ask grandpa if we can borrow his tractor and get this done.” The next week Tyler and his Grandpa (Ed DeBernardi) showed up and they rototilled the area for the pumpkin patch.
The Garden Club Pumpkin Project continued through the summer as about 8 or so kids consistently came every week through the summer to plant, transplant and water pumpkins. Then when school started they had a pumpkin patch to weed. We had planted big and little pumpkins with the obstacles of weather(fog), weeds, racoons, golphers, and insects we hoped to end up with something to harvest…we did!
Since the fall and Halloween were coming we decided to do a School Gardens display with our harvest. When I came back the next week the students had added their classroom artwork displays made with pumpkins of book characters.It was fabulous!