Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pumpkin Education and Painting Party

So, our pumpkins forgot to bloom this year! Oops! It must have been the late planting ;). While we initially wanted the Sterling Garden Club kids to come to the garden and pick their own pumpkin - it just wasn't happening with the crops finishing up for the season and no pumpkins. So, thanks to the help of Erik Melcher and Paul Manuel in the Food and Nutrition Services department - the pumpkins came to the kids at the Sterling Rec Center.

They learned about the nutritional value of pumpkins and their many uses - and get this: the biggest pumpkin ever grown weighed over 1,000 lbs! They snacked on cider, cookies and pumpkin soup. Finally, they had a blast painting their very own pumpkin. We had some interesting doozies in there...those girls and their pink! Despite the chilly weather and the unfortunate paint on the clothes - the Sterling Garden Club had a great time! Special thanks to members of Fourth Presbyterian of Greenville for helping with the event.