Recycling on the farm

Recycling on the farm is a little bit different.  For example, things just don’t get thrown out here at Striving Acres.  This tends to lead to a lot of clutter when you have tons of wonderful ideas (and just not enough time to get all those ideas actually into reality!).  I do try to keep the clutter to a minimum (for example, I only fill up the garage – I don’t let myself start stacking things around the outside of the garage, too – HA!).

One of the great things I just realized about fall and Facebook though is that I suddenly had access not just to my pumpkins I decorated with but to all of my friends’ pumpkins as well!  I put out a small blurb on Halloween on my Facebook page, asking local friends to give me a yell if they had any pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns setting around that they were going to toss in the trash.  I received a bunch of replies!

Today, I think I picked up the last of them.  Erica gave me 23 pumpkins.  TWENTY-THREE!  I counted them when I got home and was happily shocked.  That’s another 23 days of pumpkins for my hens, goats, and Bessie!  They love them.  I still have several on the porch steps waiting to go to the animals so these went into the garage to keep them safe from the frost.  Erica had put a few in a bag since she felt that they were getting a little too mushy; I tossed those straight into the chicken run.  They are happily spending the afternoon picking and pecking through all those mushy pumpkins.

The girls told me to say, “Thank you, Erica!!!”

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Ted and the kids will be saying thank you next week when I take that one tiny pumpkin and turn it into an apple butter pumpkin pie with streusel topping!


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