For one weekend only, shoppers in the city of Napa can buy pumpkins as well as arts and crafts, all in the same location and all for charity.
Moving Forward, a nonprofit organization that offers adults with developmental, learning and autism disabilities the chance to live independently, will again open its community garden and pumpkin patch to the public on the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
There, at 58 Randolph St., people will be able to buy pumpkins of all sizes, plus gourds and homegrown vegetables, including tomatoes and squash, in exchange for donations. The patch will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
The sale will also feature handmade paintings, knitted purses, jewelry and more created by the men and women who benefit from Moving Forward’s support services.
“We’re going to be selling artwork by the residents this year,” said Jennifer Romanek, a resident of American Canyon who has worked for Moving Forward for two decades.
One of Romanek’s clients is Olive Sondin-Klausner, who is looking forward to the opportunity to sell her art.
“I’m going to be selling water color paintings,” said Sondin-Klausner, who described her work as “abstract” with “bright colors.”
All donations will go toward supporting various extracurricular activities and needs, such as recreational equipment, or even special trips.
Last year, Moving Forward used the proceeds from its first pumpkin patch sale to help pay for tickets to a Golden State Warriors game and a Disneyland adventure for its residents.
The nonprofit provides transitional living services, in which residents share a home or apartment with other residents. The program gives them the opportunity to learn life skills, and to make friends.