Let’s talk about pumpkins!

The facts: In 2011, pumpkins were grown on over 47,000 acres in the United States. The six top pumpkin producing states are Illinois, California, Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania. Did you know that 90% of the pumpkins produced in the U.S. are grown within 90 miles of Peoria, Illinois? Hats off to our pumpkin farmers near Peoria!

The University of Illinois Extension has dedicated a whole section of their website to pumpkins. Here you can find information about types of pumpkins, safety tips on carving, recipes, nutrition facts, pumpkin farm locations, and much more.

Morton, Illinois is the self-proclaimed Pumpkin Capital of the World and is the home of Libby’s® pumpkin processing plant which cans more than 85% of the world’s pumpkins each year. Ever wonder how they make those cans of Libby’s® pumpkin? This video takes a closer look at how they grow and what happens before it makes it to grocery store shelves. Thank you to all of our pumpkin farmers and growers!

About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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