• Buena Park’s Pumpkin Palooza
    Friday, October 28, 2011 at
  • Buena Park High School's Future Farmers of America (FFA) took three-quarters of an acre of wasteland at the school, and with the help of Agromin premium soil, soil amendments and mulch, grew 1,200 pumpkins for the school's Harvest Festival.

    Samantha Valverde, BPHS’ farmhand, recalls how she spent days covered in dirt while wielding a sledgehammer to break up big chunks of concrete that were dumped at the site decades ago.  Agromin provided a flatbed, a large tractor and workers to rip, amend, and level the soil.
    Samantha and the students in the ag program and FFA chapter hoped to harvest 300 pumpkins but ended up with 1,200.  And their plants are still blooming.  Harvesting that many pumpkins proved a space challenge as well. Pumpkins were stored in numerous places including the barn and an empty chicken coop.  Samantha was thrilled with their crop saying “I’ve never grown a pumpkin before so this is exceptional.  Ninety-nine percent of our plants bloomed.”

     

    Kylie Lopez, a second year ag program student, became the “Pumpkin Girl."  She helped transplant 250 pumpkin plants in 100-degree weather and spent her summer watering the plants.  She was given a key to the school gates, along with other responsibilities. “I was so happy – I’ve never had a key to anything before," says Kylie.




    Kylie’s and the other students’ hard work meant pumpkins for the Harvest Festival and also for the mobile pumpkin patch that Samantha has planned for the unsold pumpkins. “Well decorate a trailer and take the pumpkins to local elementary schools so the kids there can have pumpkins too,” says Samantha.

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