Leicester Pumpkin Events Carve: Cook: Eat: Compost

 

Halloween need not be the Festival of Food waste

 

It is estimated that in the UK up to four million pumpkins are brought to carve and display over Halloween with the edible flesh of these pumpkins being discarded as waste and ending up with most of the lanterns in landfill. This produces an additional 18,000 tons of landfill waste directly attributable to the Halloween festivities. This, according to the environmental charity Hubbub, is equivalent to 360 million portions of pumpkin pie.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins where grown in the USA in 2014 most of which, as in the UK, where used for carving and then thrown away,

 Much of this waste is due to people being unaware of the versatility of pumpkin flesh as a food or not realising that the fresh discarded when carving the pumpkin can be eaten. It is calculated that in the UK only 33% cook the fresh of the pumpkins they carve out this will leave 12.8 million pumpkins  uneaten this Halloween. 

On this basis, farmers are growing acres of food just for it to be thrown away. Families  and all food fanatics can all help reduce waste at Halloween by taking part in, or organising   Covid-19 compliant, Pumpkin Rescue activities.

 

Although we are limited in what we can do this year community groups, local authorities, Environmental and  Food Groups, Allotment Societies, Schools can also organise Covid compliant activities for their members at home or one the net.

 

Carve it,  Cook it, Eat it, Compost it 

 

Join us in reducing pumpkin waste while celebrating Halloween

 

  1. Provide pumpkin recipes and cooking advice to friends, community groups, schools, and clubs. Links to websites are provided.
  2. Get creative and carve your pumpkin at home photograph  the pumpkin and carvers at home, or school before sending the Photographs to us to include on our carryoncomposting.com  website. (Email carryoncomposting1@gmail.com) Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins
  3. Competition Time  Adults can join in and enter the Hubbub competitionSend a photo of your pumpkin carved and cooked, and be in with a chance to win one of two sets of these stunning pumpkin-esque Le Crueset cast iron dishes, and a selection of Toast Ale (made from rescued bread!)Details from  https://www.hubbub.org.uk/eat-your-pumpkin-competition-terms-conditions   Entry Closes 31st October 2020 at 12pm  
  4. Compost the remains of your carved pumpkin. Due to restrictions we cannot hold our  Pumpkin Smash at Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site this year. (In 2019 we had over 100 pumpkins to smash and compost) but they are easy to compost at home. Join in and send  us photos of the smash or composting.  A downloadable PowerPoint presentation is available at the bottom of this page.

 

5.     Pumpkin Recipes  Every year over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill – that’s 18,000 tonnes of food waste with  the flesh of many pumpkins going straight to the food waste bin or composting heap  without being eaten - Hubbub and the local Pumpkin Rescue team  are urging pumpkin carvers  across the county and city to join this year’s Pumpkin Rescue  and reduce the waste sent to landfill, See below

 

 

 

 Pumpkin Recipes

 

 

 

Pumpkin Smash

In 2019 over 100 pumpkin  lanterns and other pumpkins were saved from being sent to landfill as a result of the Pumpkin Smash at Stokes Wood Allotments Leicester on 9th November. The Smash took place on the Composting Demonstration site where all the pumpkins  were composted as part of  the Smash. The technique  employed to smash the pumpkins varied depending whether the pumpkins were to be composted in the pallet bins, one of our range of  plastic bins, hot composted or buried in pits.  The age of the person smashing the pumpkin also played a part in the choice of method, younger "smashers" favouring a mallet while older volunteers mainly opting for spades. these where also used for pumpkin cricket which did seem to be very effective at sharing mushy pumpkin flesh amongst those standing to close to the action.

 

CBBC filmed a segment for Newsround  on the Compost Demonstration site on 29th October showing children from Stokes Wood Primary School having an early Pumpkin Smash. This was shown on 1st November.  We have included a few photos to show the fun your children could have if they brought their carved pumpkins (or those collected at school)  to the Pumpkin Smash  on the 9th November

Happy pumpkins awaiting their fate

somewhere in there is a child with a hammer

Crushing for Pit or post hole composting proved popular

If jumping onto a pumpkin retain balance

Smashed pumpkins on one of the pallet bins

Pumpkin Community Lunch

Pumpkin Pie

As part of our Pumpkin rescue events we had hoped to be able to welcome visitors   to a Stokes Wood  Community Sharing Pumpkin Lunch and pumpkin carving demonstration at Stokes Wood allotments, 2B Stokes Drive, Leicester LE3 9BR but

as a result of Covid restrictions this will not be held this year 

 

 

Leicester and Leicestershire Schools Pumpkin Rescue

Pumpkin Rescue : Schools

Suggestions as to how schools could participate in the 2020 Pumpkin Rescue and increase awareness of the amount of waste sent to landfill as a result of Halloween

 General

  • Provide an assembly talk on pumpkin waste. There are PowerPoint slides available for download and modify at:

           http://www.carryoncomposting.com/441149742

  • Provide pumpkin recipes (link available on carryoncomposting.com as above)
  • Encourage school cookery clubs or catering to try pumpkin recipes

            Carved pumpkins

  • Organise a Covid Complient carved pumpkin event ( the pumpkins can be carved at the homes of students and brought into school) and photograph  the pumpkins at  your school . Provide photos and news item to local press send them to carryoncomposting1@gmail.com .or post them on the Facebook Carry on Composting page 
  • Arrange to display the carved pumpkins 
  • Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins
  • Give out list of recipes (Available on this site)
  • Arrange a  “Pumpkin Smash at school and compost the flesh of the pumpkins or arrange for them to be smashed at Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site   (collection can be arranged)

Pumpkin Rescue schools

Pumpkin Rescue
Suggestions for schools

Pumpkin Rescue and Allotments

Allotment Societies can all help reduce waste at Halloween and raise the profile of allotments as a environmental friendly activity  by taking part in our Leicester and Leicestershire Pumpkin Rescue events.

Biggest pumpkin

  • It is likely that your Society  already holds pumpkin related events e.g largest pumpkin and donates the produce to a local charity or good cause. If so, please notify us so that your good deeds can be recorded nationally.  If the pumpkins are not donated could you consider talking to your local “waste food café”

Carved Pumpkin

  • Organise a carved pumpkin event at members homes and photograph  the pumpkins 
  • Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins
  • Arrange for the Pumpkin to be Smashed at Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site  

Additional Activities

  • Approach your local pub or café to ask them to serve pumpkin dishes or drinks over Halloween. We can provide a flyer for restaurants, pubs and cafes (see below) and publish  their details on the relevant websites. If they are doing this  already, they can benefit from additional free publicity with no extra effort.

Pumpkin Recipes

Every year over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill – that’s 18,000 tonnes of food waste with  the flesh of many pumpkins going straight to the food waste bin or composting heap  without being eaten - Hubbub and the local Pumpkin Rescue team  are urging pumpkin carvers  across the county and city to join this year’s Pumpkin Rescue  and reduce the waste sent to landfill,

 Every pumpkin eaten is a step towards tackling the 7 million tonnes of food and drink that is thrown away from UK homes every year.  Do not waste the flesh of your pumpkin follow the links to a wide range of pumpkin recipes

Love Food Hate Waste (https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/search?search_api_views_fulltext=pumpkin)

LFHW publishes  a range of pumpkin recipes such as: Gnocchi in Pumpkin and Chilli Sauce, Pumpkin & Butter Bean Broth, Pumpkin ravioli, Pumpkin Tart, Roasted Pumpkin, Roast Pumpkin Lasagne  and Coriander Soup. 

 Allrecipes (https.//www.a;;recipes.com/)

Search under pumpkins to find a wide range of recipes using pumpkins including pumpkin burgers, brownie bars with frosting, crunch cake, gooey pumpkin cake,

BBC Good Food (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pumpkin)

Recipes From savoury soups to sweet treats

Country Living  (https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g619/our-best-pumpkin-recipes-1008/)

Recipes including pumpkin soupspumpkin pastashealthy pumpkin recipes, and so many more savoury meals.

Pumpkin seeds, when toasted or baked, are rich in potassium and protein.

After Halloween take the skin of the pumpkin to a collection point or bring it to Stokes Wood Allotment site to join in the “Pumpkin Smash” 

Details from carryoncomposting1@gmail.com

Pumpkin Recipe1

There is no need to search the net this document contains links to pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin rescue Restaurants, pubs and cafes

Halloween Food Waste: You can help reduce the  Horror!

We are inviting pubs, cafes and restaurants in Leicester to join with us in making people more aware of food waste related to Halloween. The campaign also offers the restaurant the opportunity to promote itsefl, subject to current Covid rules,  as part of the caring community  simply by providing pumpkin based dishes over Halloween.

 Halloween is now Britain’s third biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas and Easter, and the country’s second biggest party night after New Year’s Eve.  A spooky side of Halloween is the shocking number of edible pumpkins that go to waste each year

Over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill,  that is approximately 18,000 tonnes of food waste with  the flesh of many pumpkins going straight to the food waste bin or composting without being eaten - Hubbub and the local Pumpkin Rescue team  are urging pumpkin carvers, allotments schools and the public   across the county and city to join this year’s Pumpkin Rescue  to help reduce the waste sent to landfill.  This year should see the biggest ever Pumpkin Rescue event and it is hoped that Leicestershire will play a significant part by organising and participating in a   range of fun-filled cooking, carving  and composting events  festivals for all the family. 

 We need your help as every pumpkin eaten is a step towards tackling the 7 million tonnes of food and drink that is thrown away from UK homes every year.

Please join the project  and increase awareness of the different ways  pumpkin can be cooked and served by putting pumpkin dishes on your menu and advertising that you are doing so by registering with our Pumpkin Rescue project. This is a voluntary project and will not involve any cost to you.

 Please spread the world and give us details of your  pumpkin dishes or drinks  and we will put it on our local websites and notify Hubbub nationally. Please contact carryoncomposting1@gmail.com so that all of the efforts across the country and city can be recognised.

Pumpkin Rescue Food establishments

Supporting the reduction of pumpkin waste by promoting pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin Rescue Power-point


Information on and Ideas for events to support the 2019 Pumpkin Rescue
You have permission to modify this presentation and to "rebrand" it with your logo

Pumpkin Rescue

The Pumpkin Rescue is coordinated by environmental charity Hubbub, check out their website for fun, simple ways to live a healthier greener lifestyle.

You’ll also find plenty of campaign ideas so take a peak www.hubbub.org.uk

Hubbub: Inspiring healthier, greener lifestyles across fashion, food, homes and neighbourhoods.