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
Blue Frog Vineyard & Farm, Leesburg, VA
16413 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, VA
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds – CALL AHEAD
Cool Spring Farm, Berryville, VA
Donkey Meadows, Purcellville, VA
38077 Hughesville Road, Purcellville, VA
Website: http://donkeymeadows.com and https://www.facebook.com/donkeymeadows
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
Website: https://carternm31.wordpress.com/about/ and https://www.facebook.com/Downeymillfarm/
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
Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese, Lovettsville, VA
1873 Georges Mills Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180
Website: http://GeorgesMillCheese.com and https://www.facebook.com/GeorgesMillFarmArtisanCheese/
Accepted: Pumpkins – for the goats (small quantity – call ahead), Loudoun-County grown Christmas trees (NO box store trees, local only)
God's Glory Farm, Purcellville, VA
Honeysuckle Farm, Purcellville, VA
****NEW ADDRESS*** 19606 Telegraph Springs Road, Purcellville VA 20132
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds
Long Meadows Alpacas, Lovettsville, VA
Aimee & Troy Long
12745 Milltown RD, Lovettsville, VA 20180
Accepted: Pumpkins, Acorns, Loudoun-County grown Christmas trees (NO box store trees, local only)
Long Meadows Alpacas has 2 mini donkeys, 26 alpacas, 4 super friendly bottle fed goats, and, of course, the stars, Sham & Bullseye, their pet pigs.
Long Stone Farm, Lovettsville, VA
Mill Road Farm, Leesburg, VA
19440 Dunlop Mill Rd, Leesburg, VA
Sweet Fern Farm, Lovettsville, VA
38097 Britain Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, & Acorns
Spring House Farm & Farm Store, Hamilton, VA
16848 Hamilton Station Road, Hamilton, VA 20158
Website: https://www.springhouse.farm/ and https://www.facebook.com/SpringHouseFarmVA
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.
Skyview Acres, Winchester, VA
The Farm at Walnut Creek, Hamilton, VA
39550 Meadowlark Drive, Hamilton, VA 20158
Website: https://www.farmatwalnutcreekva.com and https://www.facebook.com/pg/thefarmatwalnutcreekva/about/
Accepted: Pumpkins, Gourds, Acorns
Anschuetz Farm Pastured Pork, Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg, PA (but located only about 5 miles from Emmittsburg, MD)
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Poolesville, MD
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
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.
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!
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!