Since 1990 St. Luke's has provided the community with the Pumpkin Patch at 6012 Youree Dr in Shreveport. Our patch is scheduled to open September 30th as soon at the pumpkins are unloaded, and will remain open until October 31st, or until we run out of pumpkins. The hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 9 AM to 7PM; Sunday noon to 7PM. We take all major credit cards except American Express.
Over the past 28 years, we have donated over a quarter of a million dollars to local missions/charities. We could not do this without your patronage of our patch! Thank You!! Each year we evaluate the appropriate and best use of our funds. We are always looking for new outlets and the best way to help our community. Last year we gave funds to the following recipients: CADA of NWLA, Cavanaugh Adolescent Center, Gingerbread House, Oakwood Home for Women, Shreveport Rescue Mission, Heart of Hope, Youth Challenge, Purchase, and The HUB.
Each year we try to add new things to our patch. For the past several years we have provided a “Trunk or Treat” event as a safe alternative to Halloween for the kids. We also sell cookbooks, T-Shirts, water, cookies, and some gift items. We have cooking demonstrations, concerts in the patch, a blood drive. We would love for you to share your pictures that that you take of your in the patch! Make sure you tag your picture with #StLukesPumpkinPatch on our FB page! Please visit our Facebook page at St. Luke's Pumpkin Patch to get the latest information on “What's Happening in the Patch”.
We also invite local school and day care children, ages 3-5 to come visit the patch free of charge as a field trip October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 from 9:30AM-11:30AM. This year we have set aside a special week for our special needs kids, October 22-24th. All groups are required to have an advance reservation to ensure everyone has a good experience. If you are a teacher, who would like to register your class, go to this link at Sign Up Genius. You can also reach Debbie Laffitte at (318)990-0145 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for questions. Special needs teachers must call Debbie to register your students.
This year for our school tours we are prepared for Rain or Shine so even if it is raining your kids are welcome. Also, we will have an area for your class to have a sack or picnic lunch to extend your pumpkin patch visit. This must be scheduled with our registration coordinator Debbie Laffitte.
I've heard some people talking about how very LONG our pumpkins last... so today I want to tell you a little about our pumpkins and why we are so proud of them. Our pumpkins come from New Mexico from the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. This is the perfect environment for growing pumpkins; with high elevation, dry air, limited insect population and availability of water. The farm workers are 95% Native American. The full time farm staff is around 30 people and the seasonal staff is in excess of 600. The harvest payroll alone is more than 1 million dollars. This has tremendous impact in the region with 13% unemployment and a median family income of $20,000. For many workers, it’s the only opportunity to provide for their families as well as making a significant difference in the quality of the lives of the Navajo and Pueblo people.
They exercise sustainable agricultural practices utilizing crop rotation to limit pest problems, thereby reducing the need for insecticides. They employ cover crops to prevent soil erosion and suppress weeks. This limits the need for the use of herbicides. They use soil-mapping technology, which allows them to maximize yields efficiently. All Pumpkin Patch products are NON-GMO! These responsible agricultural practices mean that they provide a great product that has little impact on the environment. All these qualities combine to produce a superior pumpkin with an extended shelf life. We are proud of our quality pumpkins!
PLEASE NOTE: We do not allow any Professional Photography in our patch because it interferes with the family atmosphere and the safety of our kids that we try to maintain. Thank you for respecting this.
On the contact information part
Story Time Registration Coordinator- Debbie Laffitte (318) 990-0145
St Luke's UMC
6012 Youree Dr
Monday-Thursday 9AM- 12PM
For General Pumpkin Patch Information Contact Janice Boller (318) 218-1004
St. Luke's UMC
6012 Youree Drive
Monday- Thursday 9a.m. - 12 p.m.
For General Information Contact Janice Boller
For Story Time Information Contact Debbie Laffitte