Why pumpkins?

Sunnyhill is hosting a pumpkin patch because every pumpkin we sell helps Sunnyhill as well as the Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, NM.

We are working with Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers. Owners Richard and Janice Hamby started Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers in 1974 with three acres of pumpkins on their farm in North Carolina. A local church asked if they could sell the Hamby’s pumpkins as a fundraiser. The success of that first patch led to more patches and partners, with the North Carolina farm supplying all the pumpkins.

In 1989 Hurricane Hugo spoiled the pumpkin crop. The Hambys decided to find a growing partner in a less weather-prone area. Committed to giving back to others, the Hambys moved their farming operation to New Mexico. There they established a partnership with the Navajo Nation.

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Today, Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers grow 1,200 acres (approximately two square miles) of pumpkins each year. During the harvest months of September and October, over 700 Native Americans are employed on the farm. During the off-season, Native Americans comprise the entire New Mexico staff. In a region of the United States with 42% unemployment, Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers has a positive and lasting impact.

When Sunnyhill sells a pumpkin, we help to support, sustain, and grow opportunities for members of the Navajo Nation through employment with Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers.

How you can help. 

The pumpkin patch opens when the pumpkins are delivered on October 14 at 4 p.m. The patch closes the evening of Halloween, October 31.

Volunteers needed:

  • Traffic: Traffic volunteers at each entrance to Sunnyhill’s drive will direct visitors to parking in our lot or on nearby streets.
  • Walkers: Walkers are on hand in the patch to answer questions and assist visitors as needed.
  • Sales: Sales volunteers sit at checkout tables, measure pumpkins to determine price, and accept payment as cash, check, or credit card.
  • Floaters. Floaters are on hand if a visitor asks to use restroom facilities. The floater will direct the visitor to the restrooms and wait in the foyer until the visitor leaves the building.

Volunteer shifts are two hours long.

On weekdays, we will need fewer volunteers and volunteers will wear all volunteer “hats.”

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