Thanks to ecoRI and Whole Foods, jack-o-lanterns will have a second life!

[ 0 ] November 2, 2012 |

We love carving up pumpkins and seeing them aglow on Halloween Night. But by the next day, we are quick to pack up the decorations, trying to manage candy overload and ready to discard the decaying pumpkins.

Thanks to ecoRI and Whole Foods Market, we can give our used pumpkins new life. Bring your pumpkins to both Whole Foods Market stores – 601 North Main St. (University Heights) and 261 Waterman St. – on Friday, Nov. 2, from 3-6 pm. ecoRI Public Works staff members will be collecting the used pumpkins and using them to make compost.

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are welcome. Donors should just be sure to remove any candle holders and wax before dropping off their squash. At the end of the pumpkin take-back, ecoRI Public Works will deliver the collected jack-o-lanterns to New Urban Farmers in Pawtucket, where they will be turned into nutrient-rich soil.

Last year, ecoRI Public Works, with the help of Whole Foods employees, collected and delivered 500 pounds of pumpkins to New Urban Farmers.

For more information, e-mail ecoRI Public Works manager Kevin Proft at

Category: community news, farms/orchards

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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