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Picture: Pumpkin smash at City Natives

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 5, 2012 03:14 PM

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Jaimye Bartak, a volunteer with BNAN and Jamaica Plain resident, preparing to smash a pumpkin.


Volunteers were busy smashing pumpkins in Mattapan on Saturday to make compost for the City Natives garden, located along the Neponset River.

The 400 pumpkins used, some of which came from the recent Pumpkin Float at Pope John Paul II Park, were smashed, split, and chopped by volunteers and Boston Natural Areas Network staff on the chilly morning, adding precious nutrients to the garden’s soil.

“The pumpkins provide organic material for the soil, improve soil quality and texture and can reduce containments,” said Jeremy Dick, director of Property and Horticulture for BNAN.

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