The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens’ Children’s Village invited the public out to the 6th annual pumpkin smashing event to help break up the decorative pumpkins to be used in the compost for the gardens, held on November 2.
Parents brought their children in and gathered around the circle of pumpkins. Sommers then gave the participants instructions on how to smash the pumpkins without getting injured and then the smashing commenced. Children and parents alike were picking up the pumpkins and smashing them onto the ground. Everyone had a smile on their face while destroying the pumpkins that would end up being compost for the gardens many and varied plants.
The annual event is a fast way to break up the seasonal decorative pumpkins, donated to the gardens by Red Fox Farms in Wheatland, Wyoming. Aaron Sommers, director of The Children’s’ Village calls it “aggressive composting or composting in violence.” He also said, “The pumpkins are excellent moisture for the compost piles at the gardens. It allows us to not have to water the compost during the winter months. It provides a good level of moisture for cooking and breaking down the rest of the organic material. After the pumpkins are smashed, we then snow shovel up all the rinds and guts and till them into the compost piles.”
Participants find large pieces of pumpkins to smash up during the 6th annual pumpkin smash at The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens' Children's Village. (Photo by Sheila Loney / The Cheyenne Post).