Pink pumpkins are popping up in the patch of one local producer – for a very special cause.
Allen Farms is growing a special batch of Porcelain Doll pumpkins this season in support of breast cancer awareness and research.
Farmer John Allen, who also serves as agriculture teacher at Booneville High School, said he came across the unique idea this summer while looking for seeds to plant for the fall harvest. What he found was the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.
The foundation was created to provide grants for various breast cancer research and awareness programs. Allen explained the organization was founded by the developer of the Porcelain Doll seed who was herself a breast cancer survivor.
The company producing the seeds gives $10 for every 1,000 seeds sold to the foundation and farmers, like Allen, commit to donating 25 cents for each Porcelain Doll pumpkin sold to the foundation as well.
For the Prentiss County farmer, the cause is one close to his heart and, literally, to his home. He and his wife, Kayla, live and farm on the property in Osborn Creek that was once the home of his late grandmother and grandfather, Laura and Merill Cartwright. Laura was a two time breast cancer survivor and was heavily involved in supporting cancer patients and their families including Relay for Life, the annual community breast cancer luncheon and other programs.
He said it just felt natural and right to honor her memory through this effort.
Allen expects to have pumpkins of all varieties for sale to the public beginning around September 18. Follow Allen Farms on Facebook to keep up with hours for sales and availability.