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A way to recycle your old pumpkins

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By: Chelsea Priest

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Your pumpkins may be looking a little weary by now, we are five days past Halloween. Instead of throwing out your carved pumpkins, why not do something better with it.

For the third year in a row, Whole Foods in Rhode Island is collecting any decaying pumpkins and donating them to a secret garden of sorts in the backyard of the Pawtucket Housing Authority. It's a place where hundreds of inner city kids can grow and learn. Emily Jodka explains, "Kind of preserving the nature of our urban landscape, I mean we have a farm in the heart of a housing authority."

Although the growing season is winding down at the farm, a lot is still going on for the New Urban Farmers. Jodka goes on about the farms composting, "Starting with the pumpkins or maybe some of the weeds we pull, it all gets blended together it all gets re purposed and ends up being really valuable black gold for us."

The composting and repurposing is all part of the learning experience for local kids. "We can really close the loop on what we add into our farm and into our soil."

Whole Foods is collecting pumpkins until 8PM Tuesday night. For more on the New Urban Farmers click here: http://www.newurbanfarmers.org/

 

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