The St. Helena Future Farmers of America (FFA) Pumpkin Patch will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends from Saturday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 29, at 1109 Silverado Trail, located at the Phelps River Ranch Farmworker Housing.

Students will be selling locally grown pumpkins of all kinds, including cinderellas, hubbards, minis, gourds, and, of course, your standard orange carving. This year, the students planted 32 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds on the three-acre plot of the Phelps Farm.

Twenty-nine FFA members from St. Helena High School Agriculture Program worked this project starting with field prep, irrigation, and planting in May. The students work throughout the summer and fall running this as a co-operative enterprise, each contributing to the needs and maintenance of the project. In California Agriculture Education, this is what is called the student’s Supervised Agriculture Experience Project, in which they are practicing real-world hands-on farming, marketing, and sales skills through project-based learning.

The pumpkin patch project is made possible with the help of Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Piña Vineyard Management, Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness, and the St. Helena Agriculture Boosters. Come visit the farmstand this month.

For more information, contact Sarah Herdell at St. Helena High School at sherdell@sthelenaunified.org.

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