FFA’s Local Pumpkin Patch Brings Halloween Fun to Brawley

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img_9339-1BRAWLEY — A colorful orange pumpkin patch is not something one would expect to see in the Valley, even around Halloween, but Brawley Union High School FFA (Future Farmers of America) changed that, holding its second annual “Halloween on the Farm” pumpkin patch Saturday at the Imperial Valley Conservation and Research Center.

Twenty bins worth of pumpkins were hauled in and spread in the field for people to choose from. There were also pumpkin decorating stations, games, a petting zoo, and hay rides scattered throughout the research center’s fields.

Veronica Reyes brought her God-daughter and friend to the patch to support her own daughter in the FFA, but was excited for the children to see the pumpkin patch.

“A field of pumpkins. Run, run wild!” said Reyes. “They are very excited to see all these pumpkins.”

Lilly Castro (left), Chloe Castro (center), and Jeremiah Robles (right) all picking their future jack o lanterns.
Lilly Castro (left), Chloe Castro (center), and Jeremiah Robles (right) all pick their future jack o’ lanterns.

The pumpkin patch idea started when FFA Advisor Michelle Taylor asked her Ag Communication students last fall to create a project and execute it. The result was the pumpkin patch. Taylor is not in charge of the class this year, but her students were more than eager to continue to hold the pumpkin patch again this year much to the delight of the public.

“We wanted something family-oriented for the community,” said Taylor.

Jenny Goswick and her family were eager to load up a wheelbarrow with pumpkins and were especially happy to have a local pumpkin patch in Brawley this year.

“You used to have to go all the way to Julian to for it!” said Goswick.

All proceeds from the patch go towards funding the Brawley FFA chapter. Pumpkins not sold were given away behind the agriculture building at BUHS.