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Pumpkin Farm
07/01/2021
OLs Alex Humphreys (2017) and David P Grant -Suttie (2017) have been very busy sowing the seeds for a great initiative during lockdown – a pumpkin farm – at David’s family farm, the Balgone Estate in North Berwick. Alex writes: “The Pumpkin Project was founded over lockdown as David and I wanted something to get stuck into. We planted over 1000 seeds of all sorts of varieties. The hot May was particularly challenging as we had to make sure the crop didn't die. Most of the mornings involved a watering can – it was by no means fun! We also grew a vegetable patch for locals over the lockdown; a lot of people enjoyed coming to pick it. As we got closer to autumn we developed the business, created the website and pushed the attraction on social media. We launched tickets for a spooky trail at the end of August and had a great response. We made all sorts of props for the spooky trail and had a huge amount of help from OLs, friends and everyone on the farm. We have had incredibly good feedback, which is nice to hear. It's also nice to see people having fun when there isn't much to do because of COVID-19. We were delighted to feature in eight news publications but we were even more delighted with the team effort from everyone to help make it happen.”