Go Green Pumpkin Carving

By EcoFellow Sonja Favaloro

Last weekend, CET’s six EcoFellows got together to celebrate the change of season by carving pumpkins. Two of the EcoFellows hosted the event in their backyard, providing pumpkins and tools to carve them. We had fun getting creative with our designs and using stencils to cut out spooky cats, ghosts and zpumpkinsombies, but the spookiest pumpkin of all was the RECYCLING PUMPKIN! One EcoFellow decorated hers with the triangular recycling arrows we all know and love.

And this wasn’t the only way we “went green” while carving pumpkins. We carefully divided our pumpkin innards by putting the seeds in a bowl to be roasted later and the rest of the pumpkin guts in a paper bag to be composted. Since our hosts did not have a compost system set up at home, another EcoFellow who did have a home compost system took the bags back with her.

The best part of the process, besides the satisfaction of seeing our pumpkins glowing eerily with tea-lights inside, was roasting all the pumpkin seeds! We cooked up four batches of seeds with different sweet and savory flavorings: cinnamon sugar, curry and cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and sea salt, and we have been snacking on them at work ever since.

So if you are planning to carve pumpkins this Halloween season, why not make a green-themed pumpkin and send us a picture? We are launching a Go Green Pumpkin Carving Contest and we want to see what you can come up with. Send a photo of your green-themed pumpkin to gogreen@cetonline.org for the chance to win one of CET’s Go Green raffle baskets. And don’t forget to compost those pumpkin guts!

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