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How a Houston area church revitalized its annual pumpkin patch during the pandemic

We visit this year’s volunteer effort at Westminister United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch in the Galleria neighborhood.


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Celeste Schurman
Pumpkins for sale at Westminster United Methodist Church in Houston


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Don't let the temperature outside fool you. We are, indeed, less than a week away from Halloween. So this seems like an excellent time to visit...a pumpkin patch.

Houston Matters producer Celeste Schurman recently dropped by the Westminster United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch in the Galleria area, where the first of some four thousand pumpkins were being delivered and unloaded by volunteers.

Among them: Corey Flores, young volunteers Wyatt Schissler and Jacob Williams, as well as United Methodist Pastor Meredith Mills. And — the first voice we'll hear — Don Grubb, who ran the Westminster pumpkin patch for more than a decade.

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Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Executive Producer & Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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