Welcome to Pumpkins for Pigs!
Our mission is to match pigs (and other pumpkin-eating animals) with un-carved, non-inked/non-painted pumpkins to prevent them from being thrown in the landfill. They are excellent feed and a wonderful treat to the animals on the farms and sanctuaries. They also make great compost. Thanksgiving comes up and we start moving to the next holiday but often our pumpkins are in perfectly fine shape, and its a waste to throw them out when they are still useful.
From October through mid-December you are encouraged to donate your un-carved, non-inked/non-painted pumpkins to your local farm or sanctuary. (Some organizations will also take them for compost so inquire!) When you go out to purchase that perfect Christmas tree at Thanksgiving time, take your pumpkins with you and donate them to a one of the organizations below that are along your route. Also, when you buy your tree, ask if they have a recycling program; some goat farms would love them for their feed.
How did Pumpkins for Pigs come to be?
Seems so simple. Well, it was. I was feeling increasingly guilty I didn’t have a better way to dispose of my decorative pumpkins come Thanksgiving. So, I kept them until Winter officially started – yeah, we looked weird having pumpkins with a winter holiday wreath on the door but I was biding my time hoping I’d come up with something. There had to be a better option. One year, while visiting my farmer for eggs, I asked if he had any ideas. He invited me to drop them off on my next visit as their pigs would love them. It would be a real treat for them. An idea was born. I was – and still am – positively giddy about the prospect. In reaching out to local farmers, I found they were trying to find ways but simply didn’t have the time to put the word out. We are starting out small – just 4 places that will accept them – with the hopes it will grow. With the gracious help from a life-long friend who makes websites for a living, we now have PumpkinsForPigs.org.
Give your pumpkins to the pigs! Goats like them too!
Donate your pumpkins to an Animal Farm or Sanctuary!
Below is the location of farms and sanctuaries, mostly in the Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC metro area. We are expanding everyday so please visit this page often.
It is recommended to reach out to the individual Farms & Sanctuaries listed below for drop-off hours and quantity limits.
56 Hooves, Bluemont, VA
19960 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135
Accepted: Pumpkins, Loudoun-County grown Christmas trees (NO box store trees, local only) [for goats] – call ahead of arrival
Home to 20 goats, 1 alpaca, chickens, ducks, dogs and a cat. Pumpkin seeds naturally disrupt the parasite cycle in our goats bellies so happy to have them. Located in Bluemont, just a few miles up the road from Great Country Farms, Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewery. If you’d like to make a day of it and hang with the animals, give me a call or email.
Autumn Hill Farm LLC, Catlett, VA
Bleu Frog Vineyard & Farm, Leesburg, VA
Donkey Meadows, Purcellville, VA
37352 Wineberry Lane, Purcellville, VA
Accepted: Pumpkins – call for drop off dates/times
NOT Accepted: Gourds, Pine trees
Donkey Meadows is a small farm in Purcellville, VA that raises American Mammoth Jackstock (donkeys). They have a few potbelly pigs that would love to participate!
Downey Mill Farm, Lovettsville, VA
12746 Downey Mill Road, Lovettsville, VA
Accepted: Pumpkins, gourds, Loudoun-County grown Christmas trees (NO box store trees, local only) – MUST CALL ahead for drop off dates/times
Goats & chickens eat them too!
Fort Bacon Farm, Purcellville, VA
Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA ***MAXED OUT FOR 2020 - NO LONGER ACCEPTING DONATIONS - THANK YOU!! ***
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia 20171
Accepted: Pumpkins Only – Accepting whole, unpainted pumpkins.
Drop Off Instructions: Please drop off near gazebo by parking lot.
Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese, Lovettsville, VA
1873 Georges Mills Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180
Accepted: Pumpkins – for the goats (small quantity – call ahead), Loudoun-County grown Christmas trees (NO box store trees, local only)
Hill Top Farm, Hillsboro, VA *NEW 2020*
Honey Hammer Farm - Lynchburg, VA *NEW 2020*
Long Stone Farm, Lovettsville, VA
Middleburg Montessori School, Upperville, VA
7563 John S. Mosby Hwy, Upperville, VA 20184
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds and Hay Bales
Drop Off Instructions: Drop off at the barnyard on left as you enter the property
Midnight Forest Farm, Lovettsville, VA
Mill Road Farm, Leesburg, VA
Reidy’s Pond Farm, Montpelier, VA
15305 Rockford Road, Montpelier, VA 23192
Phone: (804) 350-0887
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds , Acorns, and locally grown Christmas trees
Drop Off Instructions: Leave in yard at the top of the driveway. Please do not put over the fences yourself.
Spring House Farm & Farm Store, Hamilton, VA
16848 Hamilton Station Road, Hamilton, VA 20158
Our mission is to operate a sustainable, ecologically friendly farm dedicated to providing the finest foods that our earth can naturally produce. We offer products through our Farm Store in Hamilton, VA and online via CSA or a la carte orders.
Sweet Fern Farm, Lovettsville, VA
Skyview Acres, Winchester, VA
Sylvanside Farm, Purcellville, VA *NEW 2020*
19606 Telegraph Springs Road, Purcellville, Virginia 20132
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, andAcorns
Drop Off Instructions: Call ahead of drop off. Please coordinate with us for drop off as we are also a Wedding Venue and want to avoid donations during ceremonies.
Teague Farm - Purcellville, VA *NEW 2020*
36468 Paxson Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, Acorns and local Christmas trees
Drop Off Instructions: Please place at the end of the driveway along Paxson Road.
Our chickens and compost thank you!
The Farm at Walnut Creek, Hamilton, VA
39550 Meadowlark Drive, Hamilton, VA 20158
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, Acorns
Thousand Hills Farm, Purcellville, VA
19530 Silcott Springs Road, Purcellville, VA 20132
Accepted: Pumpkins Only
Drop Off Instructions: Place in front of green tractor or on flat wagon by red gate on the driveway
Wool Ridge Farm, Bentonville, VA
5857 Farm, Penrose, CO *NEW 2020*
Amelia’s Acres, Garrett, PA *NEW 2020*
Double J Riding Club, Countryside, IL *NEW 2020*
10545 74th Street, Countryside, IL 60525
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, Acorns and Food Scraps for pigs, worms and compost
Drop Off Instructions: Call ahead of drop off
Dread Pirate Farms, Bear Creek, NC *NEW 2020*
4325 Pittsboro Goldston Road, Bear Creek, NC 27207
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds and Squash
Drop Off Instructions: Call ahead of drop off
We currently have a herd of dwarf goats and a flock of chickens that would love to partake in some extra goodies!
Freedom Farm, Ranger, GA *NEW 2020*
514 Hightower Loop, Ranger, GA 30734
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, and Acorns
Lil’ Rascals Farm, Colchester, CT *NEW 2020*
596 Deep River Road, Colchester, CT 06415
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, Acorns, Squash & Christmas trees
We are a small family farm that raises pigs year round. Our kids are in 4H and will be showing some pigs next year. They now show goats and sheep.
Long Family Farmstead, Taft, TN *NEW 2020*
Pear Tree Farm - Harrington, DE - *NEW for 2021*
509 Pear Tree Lane, Harrington, DE 19952
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, Acorns & Christmas trees
Drop Off Instructions: If unable to contact us, you can leave items out front on large concrete slab by garden. Thanks!
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Poolesville, MD - ***MAXED OUT FOR 2020 - NO LONGER ACCEPTING DONATIONS - THANK YOU!***
Sunshower Farms, Holualoa, HI
Sunshower Farms is a 20 acre off-grid sustainable coffee and vegetable farm on the slopes of Hualalai in Kona, Hawaii.
Website: http://sunshowercoffee.com and https://www.facebook.com/sunshowercoffee
Accepted: Pumpkins – for the goats
Call First: Gourds, Pine trees
The Farm Jackson 132, Higganum, CT *NEW 2020*
Triangle B Ranch and Farm, Liberty, TX
637 FM 2830 Road S, Liberty, TX 77575
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, Acorns, and Hay Bales
Drop Off Instructions: Call ahead of arrival
Q Farms - Sharon, CT - *NEW for 2021*
63 Jackson Hill Rd, Sharon, CT 06069
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds and Acorns
Drop Off Instructions: Please contact before drop off
Work With Your HOA
Want to make the most of your trip to the farm or sanctuary? Put up fliers in your neighborhood and create a collection point, selecting a day or two during the season to take your donated pumpkins in one trip. Its easy. Just work with your HOA to get permission to post. Talk to your neighbors and get to know them.
Get Your Farmer Involved
If you go out to the country and buy pumpkins, ask them if they will accept them back as donations at the end of the season. Often, they have pig farms they work with to take those pumpkins they didn’t sell and will accept them as part of their pick up. Or, they will know who in their farming network would accept them and you can let us know and we will add to this site!
Community Involvement & Awareness
Create fliers and post them in your local coffee shops, salons, and restaurants to get the word out that there is a better way to dispose of their pumpkins!