Onslow County Pumpkin Drive 2020

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Drawing of a pumpkinInstead of throwing your pumpkins away after Halloween this year, bring them by the Onslow County Farmers’ Market on Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. where they’ll be collected and donated to local livestock producers for livestock feed.

Why are We Doing This?

It’s estimated that over 800 million lbs. of pumpkins are produced each year, with a large majority of those being the jack-o-lantern type used for holiday decorations. But what happens to those pumpkins after Halloween?

The sad truth is that most pumpkins used for carving and decoration end up in a landfill. This has a negative impact on our environment. Due to the absence of oxygen, when organic material breaks down in the landfill, it does so by anaerobic decomposition. Thus, releasing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

But studies have shown that pumpkins can be a good alternative food source for many livestock animals. High in protein and fiber, pumpkins are a good source of energy, and their seeds contain cucurbitacin, a deworming compound.

By donating your pumpkins, you can help us divert waste from the landfill, thus reducing landfill space and harmful greenhouse gas emissions, while also providing a nutritional food source to local livestock producers.