Last year I started what I hope will be a lifelong tradition of gathering pumpkins from the community. Why am I gourd hoarding, you wonder? When we rented goats it dawned on me just how voracious they are and the difficulty many farmers have of feeding their animals nutritiously and on budget.
The lightbulb went off and I became a self-appointed pumpkin fairy. Since Halloween I spend a little time each week gathering pumpkins and hay and giving them to animal rescues and farms to feed (and bed) the critters. Four or five trailer loads of pumpkins have gone onto feed goats, turkeys, chickens, and pigs! While they can also be composted, most people just toss them in the trash, so I consider this a #crunchyfeely activity in full force.