Right now, on a 1200 acre farm in the upland desert region of New Mexico, a pumpkin is more than three-quarters its way to maturity. In early October that pumpkin will be plucked from it's nursery by one of 700+ Native American farmers. The orange fruit will be placed in a tractor trailer among hundreds of its kin and will spend a week traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida.
On Wednesday, October 12, the Riviera United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch opens its grounds to you, reader. That pumpkin, lifted by farmers hands from the ground just a few days prior, is graciously placed on our campus among its brethren. It waits. Pretty awesome so far, right? But that's only part of the pumpkins journey. For an adventure waits for you and it!
Will you, or your significant other, or your child discover that pumpkin? Will your home be brighter with its presence? Will you be nourished by its delicious seeds? Will your family giggle as you carve silly faces from it and place it on your porch? Or will you, reader, miss out on continuing this pumpkins journey?
Right now, on a 1200 acre farm in New Mexico, a pumpkin is waiting for you to help it move along its journey. Will you? See you in October.
ARE YOU A TEACHER or run a school program? Riviera UMC offers Pumpkin Patch visits for VPK, pre-K, and elementary school classes!
Spend a half hour in our pumpkin patch playing games like giant pumpkin checkers or corn hole, take individual and group photos, and sit down for story time!
Students also get to select their very own pumpkin!
For more information and to schedule a visit, contact our Riviera Day School Director, Cyndi Chavez.
727.525.8866 or by Email
About our pumpkins
Pumpkins at the Riviera United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch come from a Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, NM. Over 700 Native Americans are employed during the harvest months. During the off-season, there is a full-time New Mexico staff comprised of entirely Native Americans.
The pumpkins themselves are premium quality. Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers, the supplier of our fruit, exercises sustainable agricultural practices, limits the need for insecticides, prevents soil erosion, limits herbicides, and all fruit are non-GMO.
To learn more about your future pumpkins and the organization that grows them, head to the Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers website.