Common Roots Urban Farm’s Harvest Hootenanny and Pumpkin Smash

After Halloween, when your pumpkins are no longer useful or festive, they typically have one of two fates: rotting away on your porch or getting chucked into the street by unruly teenagers. Why do they get to have all the fun? You can bring your reject pumpkins to Common Roots Urban Farm this Sunday and smash them yourself. The farm holds an annual Harvest Hootenanny, a family event where the purpose is the celebrate the year for gardeners while making compost for the next. The event sees between 200 and 300 people come through every year. Equipped with hunks of wood and sledge hammers, the farm's set up for a smashing good time. "We just give them to the kids and stand back," says Jayme Melrose, project coordinator at Common Roots. There's more going on than that, though. There will be cider pressing, a photo booth and a kids dance band (among other fun things). A silent auction will be held to raise funds for the farm and promote local businesses. Melrose is most excited for the Ethiopian youth group that is coming to show everyone traditional Ethiopian dance. "It's kind of like breakdancing," she says. "But not really. It's super cool." They will be serving up food from the Ethiopian and Bhutanese-Nepalese communities, too. A new addition is the "really big yurt" for shelter since "the weather is usually raining and plus one." If you can't make it, you can donate your pumpkins to the cause using their complimentary pumpkin pick up from GoPro Halifax—check out their Facebook page for more info.

Sunday, November 1, Common Roots Urban Farm, corner of Robie Street and Bell Road, 1-5pm, BYOP

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