In 2009, we began collaborating with Hawthorne Elementary school. In the spring, they sent their 4th graders to our farm (we are located less than a 1 mile from the school) and they prepped the pumpkin field, planted the pumpkin seeds and were taught how to lay the water lines. Then they came back as 5th graders in the fall and harvested the pumpkins, set up the pumpkin patch for the public and helped with a small sales we had through October. We split the profits with the school's PTA. It was a successful venture for all! Thus, we continued year after year! Last year we were able to donate enough to help the PTA pay for most of the field trips scheduled! But more importantly, the experience the kids get from getting their hands in the dirt and seeing the whole cycle from seed to sale is priceless! The local FFA chapter presses local apples and sells cider as a fundraiser for their organization! One of the local 4-H groups sells coffee and helps customers take wagons to customers’ cars! We love incorporating kids into all our activities!
Our Pumpkin Festival has become pretty popular in the last few years! During the festival, we have apple pressing, self-guided farm tours, lots of animal petting, photo sessions by a local professional photographer, the ever popular CORNBOX (think: sand box farmstyle!), a mini farmers' market, lots of pumpkin themed items and of course a chance to pick out a pumpkin grown right here at Turner Farms!
Our Pumpkin Patch stays open in October until we are sold out of pumpkins! Our 2018 Pumpkin Festival will be: Saturday, October 6th from 10:30am-6pm and Sunday, October 7th from 11am-5pm!