Mondays thru Saturdays 9 AM to 7 PM & Sundays 12 PM to 7 PM
HOURS OF OPERATION
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 29th as soon as the pumpkins are unloaded, and will remain open thru October 31st, or until we run out of pumpkins. The hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM and Sunday 12 PM to 7 PM. We take all major credit cards except American Express.
PLEASE NOTE: NO PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
SORRY BUT WE DO NOT ALLOW PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ARRANGING PHOTO SESSIONS IN THE PATCH. This policy allows our patch to maintain its family atmosphere and the safety of all our visitors.
We love watching families snap personal photos of their children in the pumpkin patch and would enjoy seeing them. we invite you to share your family patch pictures on our Facebook page. Make sure you tag who is in the photos. Please visit our Facebook page at St. Luke's Pumpkin Patch: facebook.com/StLukesPumpkinPatchShreveport. Please feel free to tag anyone in your picture, if you like. You can also tag us using #StLukesPumpkinPatch on our FB page!
NO ANIMALS IN THE PATCH
As much as we love our animals, we have a strict NO PETS ALLOWED policy and we kindly ask that you leave them at home. This policy if for the safety of children visiting the Pumpkin Patch. We hope you understand our need to protect our little ones and the patch atmosphere.
On October 8th-11th; 17th-18th, we invite local schools and daycare students ages 3-5 to come visit the patch free of charge as a field trip. 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: https://www.signupgenius.com. Use this email: firstname.lastname@example.org (when prompted). Teachers, please choose a date that is available and fill out all the requested information. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your schedules time, and please remain on the bus until you are directed to exit.
Home schooled students are also invited to attend Story Time and visit the pumpkin patch. Just register under Sign Up Genius (see below)
If you have any questions about our program, please feel free to call us at the numbers listed below.
10/8 - 10/11, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
10/17 - 10/18, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
10/22 - 10/24, 9:30 - 11:30 AM (Special Needs ONLY)
***SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHERS***
We have set aside October 22nd thru October 24th for your students. Please call (318) 990-0145 to schedule All ages are welcome.
RAIN OR SHINE, WE HAVE A BACKUP PLAN!!!
We do have an area set up for your class to eat their snacks or lunch; however, this must be scheduled with our Story Time Coordinator- Debbie Laffitte
For any questions, please call our Story Time Coordinator- Debbie Lafitte at (318) 990-0145
WHAT TO DO IN THE PATCH
In the the past several years we have joined with the children’s ministry at St. Luke’s to provide 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 in our “Bootique”. We have cooking demonstrations, a blood drive and concerts put on by the schools. For the latest information on “What's Happening in the Patch”, please visit us on Facebook.
WHERE DO THE PROCEEDS GO?
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.
WHY DO OUR PUMPKINS LAST SO LONG?
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 weeds. 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!