GRIFTON, N.C. (WNCT) – With Halloween behind us, one eastern North Carolina woman is hoping people will recycle their jack-o-lanterns and help on Little Hope Farm.
“When you drive down the road, you see a lot of pumpkins in people’s yards and on their steps and some in fields next to churches, and I thought it would be a great way to use the excess pumpkins after Halloween for feeding livestock,” said Heather Clark, who owns the farm.
Little Hope Farm in Grifton is home to many misfits that have found themselves in the care of Clark. She said it started small but has grown to a bigger operation that she works on with her family.
“We have a lot of space, so I have the availability to help animals that don’t necessarily have a home,” said Clark.
Clark hopes to help the animals she cares for by providing them a tasty diet, and she said she also wants to help reduce waste in our communities.
Pumpkins provide a perfect opportunity to feed the animals while offering an alternative to simply ditching the Halloween staple.
“They’re really high in fiber, and it makes it harder for parasites to attach,” said Clark. “So they lower the parasite load, which is really good for birds and pigs.”
Clark works to compensate those who donate their produce to Little Hope Farm; exchanging eggs for donations.
She said this opportunity extends past the fall season and is a great way for people to reduce the amount of waste they have while helping her rescued animals.
“Any time you have extra produce, think of your local backyard farmer,” said Clark. “A varied diet is helpful in general and the donations certainly help with feed costs.”
Clark posted the request for pumpkins on Facebook but has not received any produce yet.
She said she is hopeful the community will come through.
If you would like to donate, simply head to the farm’s Facebook page.