BELGRAVE’S Community Café members got into the Halloween spirit last week, when they carved Jack-o-lanterns out of pumpkins, before using the insides to make pumpkin soup.
But what made the event so special was the fact that the Community Café members had grown and harvested most of the pumpkins themselves from the community garden at the fire station in Marlborough Way.
Community Café members worked with the Community Development Officer throughout the year to grow the pumpkins from seed in the garden, along with a wide range of other healthy fruit and vegetables.
And last week, the members harvested their produces, before turning the pumpkins into Halloween lanterns. The insides were taken home by some of the volunteers at the Community Café and used to make soup, which will be shared by the members at their meeting this week.
Everyone at the Community Café got to take home their own Jack-o-lantern and a healthy soup recipe.
And plans are already in place for an even bigger and better pumpkin harvest next year, as seeds were collected from this year’s haul of pumpkins to be replanted in the garden.