Pumpkins for Peace

Pumpkins are here!! If you’re living in the northern hemisphere, fall has arrived and brought more pumpkins than falling leaves with it. Fortunately for us, with them comes several opportunities for peaceful acts.

  1. Support Local, Organic Farmspumpkin

Rather than grabbing the first pumpkin you see, consider waiting until your neighborhood farmers market can supply you with a local, organic option. This is a great way to support a health conscious business in your region.

  1. Create a Tasty Treat

Instead of tossing the pumpkin meat directly into the compost bin, whip up a pumpkin pie, chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, or pumpkin bread. Treat yourself or share them with your friends and family.

  1. Sow the Seeds

There are about 500 seeds in each pumpkin. A great source of protein, don’t let these little slimy guys go to waste. Sprinkle a little salt and butter on them and roast them in the oven for 45 minutes on 300°F for a protein rich snack. Or save them for planting. To store them, rinse them in a colander and dry them on a paper towel for about a week. Be careful not to let the seeds touch because they’ll stick together. Once they’re dry, you can keep them in a paper envelope for up to a year.

  1. Trash to Treasurepumpkins

Don’t let your pumpkin end up in a landfill at the end of this season. Donate yours to a farm or zoo so they can feed their animals with a nutrient rich treat. There are over 35 varieties of pumpkin and all are packed with Vitamins A and C, and actually have more potassium than bananas. Take advantage of all the nutrition your jack-o-lantern has to offer.

Fall is a time of reflection and introspection for many. Take time for yourself and time for others this autumn.

Carolyn Knight

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