What’s scarier than witches, ghosts and ghouls at Halloween? How about the 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin that ends up in the bin each year. That’s the same weight as 1,500 double decker buses!  That’s food that farmers have grown, that has been watered and fertilised, that has been harvested and transported to the shops.  However, Halloween and the events around it are a great way to help people think about food waste and to help them take action in their own lives and by joining the Durham Pumpkin Rescue community groups in County Durham can do their bit too!

Pumpkin Rescue uses everyone’s favourite spooky staple as a way to talk about the edible food we throw away and easy steps we can take to make the most of it instead. It’s a celebration of food that challenges preconceptions, teaches new skills and has some fun along the way.

Here are just a few ideas to think about:

  • If you do a group pumpkin carving event, you can collect the pumpkin guts to cook and share
  • How about adding a recipe competition using pumpkins and sharing  the recipes
  • Make a big pan of pumpkin soup and serve a communal meal that serves up food from surplus ingredients
  • Do a ‘guess the weight of the pumpkin’ competition
  • Make sure that you have recipe cards for people to take away afterwards
  • And after Halloween, why not organise a pumpkin composting session in partnership with your local allotment association?

If you’re looking for more inspiration have a look at the ‘How to’ guide that environmental charity HUBBUB has created here. Alternatively you can contact Peter at Food Durham on the email below.

Peter would love to hear what you’re planning, share your ideas and make sure more people know about your event.  You can let him know by email on peter@fooddurham.net, ideally by the end of September 2019.

If you’re on social media, please use the hashtags #DurhamPumpkinRescue and #PumpkinRescue.

Let’s work together to reduce the amount of food that goes in the bin!