Arizona farmer grows pink pumpkins for a good cause

Arizona farmer grows pink pumpkins for a good cause

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CHINO VALLEY, AZ (CBS5) -

Some of the pink pumpkins at Freeman Farms were initially grown by accident.

"We had a cross-pollination between a white Cinderella pumpkin and a red Cinderella pumpkin," said owner Norm Freeman.

But besides being "that time of year," October is also breast cancer awareness month.  Passionate about spreading awareness, Freeman teamed up with the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to now grow the pink pumpkins in larger quantities by using Porcelain Doll F1 pumpkin seed.

In exchange for growing the pink pumpkins, growers like Freeman commit to donating a percentage of the proceeds to the Foundation, which insures those funds are spent on breast cancer research.

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"This year we've grown about a quarter mile of the pink pumpkins and we're really looking forward to trying to increase awareness for breast cancer research," said Freeman.

Freeman said Chino Valley has the perfect climate for growing the pumpkins.  The sun is warm but not too hot during the day, then it cools off into the 40s at night.  The pumpkins are grown in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, including underground drip irrigation and organic mulch to help keep the weeds down.

"I think it would be hypocritical to grow pink pumpkins for breast cancer research and then pour a ton of chemicals and water on them," Freeman said.

The pumpkins also come in blue and white in addition to the standard red.  But the pink ones are expected to become an even deeper pink before the farm opens the first weekend of October.

"We're just thrilled that we're growing the greenest pink pumpkins in the state," added Freeman.

For more information on Freeman Farms and their pink pumpkins, CLICK HERE.

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