MISSOULA, Mont. - The Missoula Alliance Church opened its 6th annual pumpkin patch today.
For the first time, church members have grown the pumpkins and they estimate a harvest of between 80- and 100,000 pounds of pumpkins -- roughly 40 tons. All from just two pounds of seed they ordered earlier this year.
That equals about 2,800 of the orange gourds for sale, with about 1,000 standing by to replenish stock.
Volunteer John Bradford says it's not just about providing a popular decoration.
"This year we have our proceeds going to two different projects. One is in El Salvador, the other is in China. Our desire is to send teams to these two countries and help with projects there -- humanitarian and spiritual work."
The pumpkin patch is open Saturdays from 10 a.m to 7 p.m and Sunday through Friday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.