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Kids pick own pumpkins at Grantsdale farm

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GRANTSDALE, Mont. - Youngsters in the Bitterroot are celebrating fall by picking their own pumpkins.

They're learning about agriculture by getting hands-on experience in the dirt.

Ravalli Head Start youngsters spent Thursday morning at Meadowlark Farms Pumpkin Patch in Grantsdale.

Meadowlark Farms' Julia Athman drove a little train, its cars filled with children, through the pumpkin patch.

It was a fitting sight that showcased Grantsdale as the community it has long been known for -- a community of small farms.

Here on the farm the youngsters picked their own pumpkins for carving. They're going fast.

"We started out with about 4,000 pumpkins," said Davin Athman . "We're halfway through."

"I think we might have another two weeks before the pumpkins are gone," said Julia Athman.

The students and their teachers have been preparing for the field trip to Meadowlark for some time.

"We've been exploring soil and seeds and how the pumpkins grow," said Ravalli Head Start teacher Denise Dandridge. "And so we came here to actually see what a pumpkin patch looks like."

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