Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Leftover Jack-o-lanterns become plant and livestock feed at Arboretum

The Finch family loads up a wagon of pumpkins at the Barr Pumpkin Patch off Shipyard and Independence in Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)
All leftover pumpkins can be deposited in collection bins at the Arboretum through Friday, Nov. . (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

WILMINGTON, NC—All the seeds have been roasted, salted and snacked upon; the candles have darkened. Now what? Instead of tossing leftover Jack-o-lanterns from Halloween in the trash or recycling bin, take them to the Arboretum.

As part of a composting drive to help create plant and livestock feed, the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension 4-H is partnering with Coastal Composting Council, the Wilmington Compost Company and students in the environmental club at Isaac Bear High Schools. They want all the gourds, which provide nutritious and fibrous sources of energy in feed.

Pumpkin Palooza at the Arboretum took place all through October as an online photo contest only this year per Covid-19. Normally, it’s held as a one-day event and drives upward of 1,400 people to showcase their creativity in pumpkin carving.

Now that the contest is over, they’re encouraging everyone to deposit their rotted or healthy pumpkins in compost bins at 6206 Oleander Drive (enter off Bradley Drive and follow the arrows). They’re accepting pumpkins through Friday, Nov. 6.

Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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