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Annual Pumpkin Smash

NovNovember 1 2022

Annual Community Gardens Pumkin Smash

Don’t let your Halloween waste haunt you! The Community Garden Program hosts an annual Pumpkin Smash to divert pumpkins from the landfill.  Smash your pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns at a compost pile in one of the five community gardens.  The pumpkins will be composted and used to rejuvenate the soil in the gardens.


El Salvador Park Community Garden

1825 W. Civic Center Drive

Jerome Park Community Garden

2201 W. McFadden Ave.

Pacific Electric Community Garden

317 McFadden Ave.

Roosevelt Walker Garden

816 E. Chestnut Ave.

Why participate?

  • Benefits local soil resources by producing a useful nutrient-dense soil amendment.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percentage water which is great for soil, but not so good for landfills.
  • Most of the 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins produced in the U.S. end up in a landfill (U.S. Department of Energy).
  • In a compost pile, pumpkins decompose in 8 to 12 weeks.  In a landfill, one pumpkin can take over 20 years to decompose.

More questions?

Please call (714) 571-4253 or email for more information.

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