Written by Plant With Purpose on October 27, 2010 in General

by Aly Lewis

The season of pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin carving is here!!!!

Pumpkins aren’t just a fun fall treat; they’re amazingly nutritious. In fact, one of the crops Plant With Purpose encourages farmers to plant in Oaxaca, Mexico is a type of pumpkin called a chilacayota. (Pictured below)

Plant With Purpose teaches farmers a technique called agroforestry. Like the name suggests, agroforestry is a combination of planting food crops (agriculture) alongside forest trees (forestry). This technique helps farmers to generate both food and income, while replenishing the soil. Farmers in Mexico use peach and avocado trees in their fields because the fruits are profitable and the trees improve the soil. Interspersed among these trees, farmers plant crops like the chilacayota. These pumpkins are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. So not only are they festive and tasty, they can help a struggling family in Oaxaca, Mexico get the essential vitamins and minerals they need!

So this season as you sip your pumpkin spice lattes, simmer your seeds, and gouge a ghoulish jack-o-lantern, consider giving toward some pumpkins that will outlast the Halloween sugar crash and sustain rural families as they work to become self-sufficient.  

To learn more or donate to Plant With Purpose’s agroforestry and hillside farming efforts in Oaxaca, Mexico click here. 

Today in the Plant With Purpose office we celebrated this delicious and nutritious fruit with a pumpkin carving party. It was a great time of staff fellowship, creativity, and fun. Here are some photos from the autumnal event:



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