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Environmental Studies

Alternative Pumpkin Picking Farm Trip

Date: 8:45am - 12:00pm PDT October 27, 2012 Location: Ridgfield, WA

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Ridgfield, WA


Fall is here and that means hot apple cider, colorful leaves, and pumpkin picking! There is no better way to embrace the crisp weather than by visiting a local farm and taking home your very own kabocha pumpkin! So get in the spirit of the season by joining us Saturday October 27th for an alternative pumpkin picking trip hosted by SEED, the Garden Collective, Bon Appétit, and Campus Living.


What makes this pumpkin picking trip “alternative”? Well, for one we will be visiting Red Truck Farm, a local farm that actually supplies vegetables to Lewis & Clark’s dining hall! In addition, we will get a personal tour from farmer Jason Karnezis and Bon Appétit Fellow Claire Cummings who will leave participants with a deeper knowledge of how food is produced both within and outside of the industrial food system. Jason and Claire will answer questions about how to grow food in a sustainable way, why this type of food production can be challenging, and ways in which farmers (and urban gardeners) can overcome those challenges. And lastly, instead of carving the pumpkins into spooky creatures we will use them to prepare a delicious lunch to share together!



Saturday October 27th at 8:45 AM participants will meet out front of Templeton where the Pio Express picks up. We know it is early so Bon Appétit will be providing everyone with some breakfast on the go. The cars will leave at 9:00 AM and then it is a half hour drive to Red Truck Farm. We will spend two hours on the farm, touring, learning, and collecting our pumpkins! The group will leave the farm by 11:30 AM and get back to Lewis & Clark by noon. The group will be dropped off at Holmes dorm where everything will be set to cook and then we will share a meal together! If you can only make it to the cooking part of the event instead of registering simply e-mail Claire Cummings at to let her know so we make sure to have enough food for everyone.


We recognize this is homecoming weekend so if you have family in town that want to come along for the ride (and are cool), just e-mail Claire Cummings at and she can get them registered! Also, since it is Halloween weekend we promise we won’t judge if you want to show up in your spiderman costume, we just ask that you wear shoes that can get dirty and bring a rain jacket in case it is a little wet!



To register for the event please…

1.       Double, triple, and quadruple check that you can go. It is really important that if you register you plan to go because we need to make sure we have the proper amount of transportation and food for everyone. We want you to join us, just please make sure you can come before committing!

2.       Once you have it penciled in on your calendar, go ahead and click HERE to submit your reservation. We need to have registrations in by October 19th at the latest (the sooner the better though). If you have any trouble or need to change your registration details please e-mail or call (650) 906-3436.

3.       Invite your friends – because the more people that join the merrier!

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