Again this fall, South Congregational Church is hosting a Pumpkin Patch in October, and looks forward to welcoming visitors from the Farmington Valley and beyond. The Pumpkin Patch will be set up on the front lawn of the church, in full view of Rte. 10/202, and will be open from Oct. 3 until Oct. 31, unless we sell out of pumpkins first.
The pumpkins are grown on a Navajo reservation in northwestern New Mexico and are a valuable source of income for the inhabitants. Unlike many other produce growers, nearly 100 percent of the farm workforce is Native American. This project and others like it create roughly 25 full-time jobs and 550 seasonal jobs for Native Americans.
After ripening, the pumpkins are loaded into a truck and travel across the country to Granby, where they are unloaded by youth and adult volunteers. Not only is the Pumpkin Patch a way to raise money for the mission and goals of South Church, but it also serves as a venue for fostering fellowship and family in the community The church is hopeful that the 2021 Pumpkin Patch will build on successes from prior years and prove again to be a magical and colorful site and destination for area residents.