Fall Pumpkin Harvest in Santa Maria

Western Growers Foundation was on-hand at Righetti High School in Santa Maria on October 28, 2010, where more than 150 elementary school students had a “frightfully festive Halloween” and received a pumpkin.

For the 17th year in a row, Righetti’s students from teh many agriculture classes (Ornamental Horticulture, Ag Leadership, Viticulture, etc) welcomed elementary pupils on campus in Santa Maria where they hosted the annual festival. This year, students from Alice Shaw Elementary, Blochman Elementary, St. Andrews preschool and a few other smaller groups enjoyed some treats and gained a better understanding of the community’s agricultural background as they walked away with a pumpkin grown by the students, on Bonipak land that was loaned to the students for the project.

“I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Halloween,” said Western Growers Foundation Administrator Briana Lewis. “The high school students have worked hard planting, nurturing and harvesting these pumpkins, in partnership with Bonipak Produce.” In addition to pumpkin decorating, the students organized a hay maze, potato sack races, face painting and a petting zoo for the elementary students.

Western Growers Foundation, which helped fund Righetti’s garden in 2004, presented Mr. Guillermo Guerra and his students with a wheelbarrow, shovels, hoes, hoses and other garden supplies.