Temecula Tots to host pumpkin drive benefiting Steampunk Farm

Lisa McGuigan, founder of Temecula Tots, shown here with her family, is organizing a Pumpkin Drive benefiting the animals at Steampunk Farm. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon Nov. 4. Valley News/Celeste Hamilton/Moms Bread and Butter photo

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the pumpkins at the end of each Halloween season?

“According to The Atlantic, every year, more than 1 billion pounds of pumpkin get tossed out and left to rot in America’s landfills,” Lisa McGuigan, founder of Temecula Tots said. “Some are thrown away the day after Halloween, contributing to the 30.3 million tons of annual food waste in the U.S. When left to decompose in a landfill, that food waste produces methane gas, a greenhouse gas that’s far more potent than carbon dioxide,  How’s that for spooky?”

McGuigan said that, her “porch-party-pumpkin game” is “strong.”

“I love the festivities of the season, but dumping all those pumpkins felt so wasteful,” she said. “I know what you are thinking, and I do enjoy my pumpkin pie as much as the next gal, but how many pumpkin pies can we realistically take down? What to do with all those leftover pumpkins was starting to haunt me.”

To help put all that waste to good use, McGuigan and Temecula Tots is inviting the community to gather for a pumpkin drive benefiting the animals at Steampunk Farm. Guests are invited to drop-off pumpkins, play, and do a little good at at Tucalota Park, 37880 Pourroy Road Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.

All pumpkins will be hand-delivered to the hundreds of rescue animals who call Steampunk home.
For those unable to make it to the pumpkin drive, McGuigan suggests making a donation to the farm instead.
“$5 feeds a chicken for a month, $20 feeds a pot belly big for a month and $10 feeds a goat for a month,” she said.
Donations can be made by visiting http://donate.steampunkfarms.us/.
To learn more about Temecula Tots, visit https://www.instagram.com/temeculatots/.