Don’t chuck those pumpkins out! Box Elder farm wants to put them to good use

BOX ELDER, S.D. — Do you have leftover pumpkins from your Halloween festivities? Well – don’t throw them away – some hungry-hungry farm animals will take them off your hands.

The Charm Farm in Box Elder has all kinds of animals – from llamas to horses, ducks to pigs.

One thing they all have in common?

Thumbnail Img 7907They love to eat pumpkins.

“Every animal out here enjoys the pumpkins a lot and it’s actually a very quiet calm time on the farm because everybody is fat and happy,” says owner Tamara Lile.

The farm goes through two-thousand pounds of hay a month, and because of the drought, the price has quadrupled. So, they’re supplementing the farm animals diet with delicious, nutritious pumpkins.

“I thought it was a little bit more fun for children you know after they’ve put the time and effort into carving their jack-o-lanterns to know it’s doing something like feeding the rescue animals versus just throwing it away,” Lile says.

Don’t let all your hard work go to waste – drop your pumpkins off at The Charm Farm.

Lile says even your squishy, soft pumpkins will be used – and regular produce is always welcome, so if you’ve got some fruits and veggies going bad,  they’ll take those too!

The Charm Farm is located at 14970 Eagle Ranch Road in Box Elder.

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