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Nick-with-KidsA REMINDER IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS ANNOUNCEMENT:

Due to a devastating hail storm that pounded the farm in July, we regret to inform everyone that there will be no pumpkins for the 2016 P4K days this year. There will still be activity and animal stations with volunteer docents, as in years past, as well as some new ones. Please contact David Rudin, drudin@ppcf.org , if you registered and no longer wish to attend.

The Pumpkins for Kids give-away program started on a whim some 65 years ago.  The oft-repeated story tells of a time  when  Nick Venetucci was driving a truckload of pumpkins into town to sell when he saw a group of children staring in awe at his pumpkins.  He immediately noticed how each child’s eyes lit up when they saw all the big, orange pumpkins.  He stopped the truck and gave away all the pumpkins.  A teacher noticed the great act of kindness and asked Nick if she could bring her class to the farm to see the pumpkins.  Nick agreed and added that the kids could pick out their own pumpkin.  After that fateful fall, the Venetucci family invited lots of children to the pumpkin patch every season to pick out their very own pumpkin.  The pumpkin give-away became an annual event and Venetucci a household name, synonymous with generosity and kindness.

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation carries on this legacy today, hosting over 6,000 school children each fall. This special program exposes students to life on a working farm.  School groups get a chance to meet the animals raised at Venetucci farm including Tamworth pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, Nubian goats & Belgian draft horses, learn about healthy farming and soil production and of course visit the pumpkin patch.  To learn more about our Pumpkins for Kids program, please contact David Rudin.

Pumpkins for Kids 2016

October 6th, 7th and 12th

Due to a devastating hail storm that pounded the farm in July, we regret to inform everyone that there will be no pumpkins for the 2016 P4K days this year.  Even though there will be no pumpkins, we plan to proceed with our “give away” days and offer fun and educational activities for the kids. It was Nick and Bambi Venetucci’s intention that children should have the opportunity to enjoy and learn from this amazing farm, so with or without pumpkins, the show must go on! Of course we hope to be able to offer pumpkins again in future years.

Our signature fall event’s open registration days will take place this year on Oct 6, 7 & 12. This year we are calling the event “Farm Days” and we will provide the opportunity for students, teachers, and parents to experience the joys of connecting with a farm right here in their community.

We’re not going to let a little (in this case a lot of) hail ruin our party! And we hope that you will choose to celebrate the farm with us by bringing your class to the farm during our “Farm Days” in October.

Field trips will be available on the following dates and times on a first come basis.

Thursday October 6th

9:00 – 10:30

10:00 – 11:30

Friday October 7th

9:00 – 10:30

10:00 – 11:30

Wednesday October 12th

9:00 – 10:30

10:00 – 11:30

IN ORDER THAT WE CAN ACCOMMODATE THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SCHOOLS IN THE PIKES PEAK REGION,  WE ARE ALSO ASKING THAT ONLY PRE-K, KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE CLASSES REQUEST A VISIT.

GROUPS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, PRIVATE & HOME SCHOOL GROUPS PLEASE CONTACT: EDUCATION COORDINATOR, DAVID RUDIN at drudin@ppcf.org.

Documents to Download:
Letter from Farmer Susan to be read aloud to students
Coloring pages. Please color and bring to the farm so we can decorate our big red barn!

To Volunteer:

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU’VE CHECKED WITH DAVID RUDIN, drudin@ppcf.org, BEFORE SIGNING UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR A SPECIFIC DAY!

Volunteers are needed weekdays Oct 3-7 and October 10-12.  If you would like to Volunteer for the Pumpkins for Kids Giveaway, please contact drudin@ppcf.org  and then complete the Volunteer Registration Form to register for your assigned day.

For 2016 we have a simple registration process:

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH AT 12:00 pm

Step 1:
D-11 Teachers
: Please contact Joan Sousa, JOAN.SOUSA@d11.org or call 520-2302.

Widefield Teachers: contact Nelda Higly, WSD3 Transportation, 391-3541.

Step 2:
Non-D-11/Widefield Teachers:
complete the Registration Form below with your first, second and third choices.
(Please check with your transportation department before sending this back in to make sure transportation is available. If there are other teachers in your building planning on attending, please coordinate so that buses are full.)

We have a limit as to how many buses we can fit.  Once I have assigned your class a date and time I will send out a confirmation via email, confirming that date and time.

Step 3:
All Teachers

A Few Notes: Please review and share relevant info. with students:

  • Arrival and Departure: Plan on arriving at and departing from the farm no later then your scheduled time. This is important to insure that other groups after yours have an opportunity to experience the farm as well
  • Appropriate Clothing: Close-toed shoes, socks, and blue jeans are the best way to avoid unpleasant encounters with cockleburs. Also, we will be outside the entire time, so students should be prepared for the ever-changing Colorado weather. This should include hats on sunny days. PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER TO BRING WATER BOTTLES AS WATER WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR VISITORS
  • Group Size & Child/Parent Ratio: 12-15 students maximum, with 3-4 adults is ideal. Breaking up larger groups will help move groups more smoothly through stations.
  • Nametags: All students should wear nametags with first and last name, school, and teacher on the off-chance that they get lost on the farm.
  • Parking: Busses and cars will be parked in separate areas. All vehicles will enter through St. Dominic’s Church main entrance. You will be directed to the appropriate parking area when you arrive.
  • Rain: Due to the large number of students scheduled to come, your time is good rain, sun or snow. Unfortunately we will not be able to reschedule if you are unable to attend.
  • Camera: Be sure to bring a camera to snap a photo of your class next to the Venetucci wagon!
  • Respect: Please be respectful and careful of the plants and animals, pick up your trash and be thankful for the opportunity to visit this farm thanks to the generosity of the Venetuccis, as well as all of the hard working farm staff that grow the vegetables and take care of the animals.

Please also visit our School Programs page for information on programs for individual classes.



Pumpkins for Kids Registration Form

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