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St. John's United Methodist Church to sell 40,000 lbs. of pumpkins this October

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Since the early 1990s, St. John’s United Methodist Church of Santa Fe has been selling pumpkins to benefit church ministries like its food pantry for hungry people. The pumpkin patch is located at the church on the corner of Old Pecos Trail and Cordova Road. KSFR’s Mary Lou Cooper interviewed Pastor Matt Bridges to get the details.

The patch is a unique partnership between the for-profit Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers, Inc. (who lease the land, buy seeds, pay for labor and transportation etc.) and churches and non-profits across America. The pumpkins are grown by Navajos on land near Farmington, New Mexico.

St. John’s sells about 40,000 pounds of pumpkins each year. The church receives 40 percent of its estimated $37,000 in sales.

It’s an intergenerational experience for the Santa Fe community. Parents who once ran through the patch now bring their kids to do the same. The pumpkin patch is staffed by volunteers and is open every day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through October 31. Enjoy the pumpkin patch eclipse watch on October 14, pet blessings and adoptions on October 22, and Trunk or Treat on October 29. Check out http://www.sjumcsantafe.org/ for more information.

Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government. In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams. She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin. She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.