The Giant Pumpkins

perspective

Our two giant pumpkins, the subject of weight and seed guessing games, also became the curious vegetable that had to be lifted, rolled around, and ultimately cracked for being too large too heavy and too unwieldy to move around even in a wheel barrow. This curiosity resulting in both over 250 lb pumpkins being smashed before the garden classes could finish up their studies, lead to many conversations on patience, respect, grace, greed, curiosity, games, waste and food. We scooped out, washed dried and replanted some of the sprouted seeds, made seed packets to share with family over the holidays and further afar in Mexico where recent earthquakes have left so many without food.

We composted all that could not be used, enjoying ripping the skin to shreds.

Craving, peeling and cleaning a pumpkin seemed a lot simpler in theory than in practice. It lead to more questions about the thickness of the skin, the color, the ratio between edible parts and rind and the number of seeds in various sizes of pumpkins. Many preconceived ideas were dispelled as were a new found awe for this ubiquitous Oct vegetable that is so much more than Jack O Lanterns, pumpkin pies and soups or front door decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tahereh Sheerazie

Tahereh likes to hike, bike, quilt, cook and most of all garden. She has been a garden ranger with EnrichLa since January 2015. She teaches middle school children, many of whom have special needs which has necessitated a slow, mindful approach to place based garden education. Improving soil, making compost, harvesting water, growing natives and ancient grains and journal writing, is what she enjoys doing most with the children.

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