It’s September and pumpkin season is in full swing! The South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge (SSGPC) will be having its annual weigh-in from 12pm-4pm on September 28th at Palm Landscape and Farm in Easton. The director of the film “Rise of the Giants” has been following this year’s challenge, which has been getting not only local, but global media coverage. The SSGPC was only started three years ago, but has grown into something spectacular. This year Todd Sandstrum and Fred Dabney potted and grew 450 Dill Atlantic Giant Pumpkin seedlings and gave out over 600 seedlings. Seedlings have been planted all the way from Worcester to the Cape Cod Canal. Over 50 schools were recipients of these seedlings. Over 100 students at Bristol Aggie alone are growing seeds from the SSGPC.
This year is the first year that the weigh-in will be open to the public. To bring awareness to the event, Todd has started the “Mile of Orange.” Giant pumpkins will be found from the Original Easton Farmers’ Market all the way to the Center Elementary School. Local artists will be carving and painting the “Mile of Orange” pumpkins. On Saturdays September 13th, 20th, and 27th, kids can create their own pumpkin lantern at Simpson Spring Marketplace; lanterns will be illuminating the “Mile of Orange” stretch on the weekend of October 4th to 5th.
The South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge is working hard to become a non-profit, with the goal of getting children outdoors and interested in growing. They feel that pumpkins can be used to teach math, science, history, and even writing. The SSGPC, teamed with Coast of Maine Organic Products Inc, will be giving out a grant to either a public school, daycare, or nonprofit for an agricultural program or project “keep kids in the dirt.”
The Great Pumpkin Challenge is free and open to the public. This is a great fall event that can’t be missed!
Monday, October 6, 2014 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Come join Ben and Hannah Wolbach at our October Twilight Event! This month we will be at Skinny Dip Farm in Westport for an informative workshop on Storage Crops for Winter Sales. Ben and Hannah will be discussing growing and harvesting methods for fall root crops. We’ll be learning about the best fall crops not only for eating, but selling through the winter. This workshop includes great farm tour, discussion and Q&A session. Networking to follow!
About Skinny Dip:
Hannah and Ben Wolbach have been farming for about 15 years. They started Skinny Dip Farm in 2011 after spending the previous 5 years managing Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset, MA. They are excited to finally have a farm of their own. Ben and Hannah are farming on leased land in Westport on Main Road, where this event will be taking place. Skinny Dip grows a wide range of certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers and tries to sell as locally as possible.
The Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network today released its new report, the Southeastern Massachusetts Food System Assessment, which presents a wealth of baseline data on the many facets of the region’s food system.
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Among the report’s findings:
The goals of the Assessment, which covers Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth Counties, with some special focus on the cities of New Bedford and Fall River, are to:
In addition, the Assessment is intended to help connect Southeastern Massachusetts to current statewide and New England food system planning work, including the Massachusetts Food Plan, currently being carried out by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and other partners on behalf of the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, and Food Solutions New England, a broad network connecting planning efforts in several states.
Organized according to the steps involved in bringing food from “farm to fork,” the Assessment includes chapters on food production, processing and distribution, and food access and consumption channels, as well as a chapter on “closing the loop” through food waste recovery and an overview of policy and regulatory issues affecting the region’s food system. Each chapter includes a section on “Gaps, Barriers, and Needs.”