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Pink Pumpkin Patch to aid cancer research

11/17/2011 08:42:00 AM
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Courtesy DP Seeds LLCThis new pumpkin variety, Porcelain Doll F1, developed by DP Seeds LLC will be available for the first time in 2012. A charitable non-profit entity called the Pink Pumpkin Patch is being formed to funnel a portion of sales revenue from the new pumpkins to breast cancer research.An unintended discovery during plant breeding research has led to a plan for a new charitable entity to help with breast cancer research via pumpkins.

DP Seeds LLC of Yuma, Ariz., recently announced the release of Porcelain Doll F1 pumpkin seeds. When mature, the pumpkins have light pink skins and vibrant orange flesh, according to company president Kevin Skaling. He said DP Seeds had been researching various colorful fruit exteriors and interiors for about six years, but the pink pumpkins were not among the projects on the drawing board.

“We discovered Porcelain Doll F1 in our trials three years ago and have perfected the hybrid to release it in the fall of 2011,” Skaling said. “Porcelain Doll F1 has strong PMR (powdery mildew resistance), full vine plant habit and is fully mature at 100 days.”

The plan is to have the new pumpkin variety available at retailers in the fall of 2012 for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October and the Halloween holiday.

In conjunction with the launch of the Porcelain Doll F1 pumpkins a 501c3 organization is planned. Dubbed the Pink Pumpkin Patch, the organization will make a donation to breast cancer research for every pink pumpkin sold.

Golden Sun Marketing is partnering with DP Seeds on the Pink Pumpkin Patch, and plans a marketing campaign that will include a social media campaign and merchandise bins and stickers for retailers. Golden Sun president Don Goodwin said in a news release that it is seeking retailers and growers to help with the project.

For information on how to participate, contact Goodwin at

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Russell Poore    
168 Keeton Rd, Russellville, Ky. 42276  |  December, 27, 2011 at 06:39 PM

Very interested in cancer research and sounds like it would be a good marketing tool.

6441 pat thomas pky quincy fl 32351  |  February, 15, 2012 at 08:40 PM

WE WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO TRY GROWING THIS TYPE OF PUMPKIN WE ARE gettng ready to begin our spring season very very interested in purchasing seedi for this year PAT ROCKY COMFORT FARMS

Pamela Kolbe    
Lebanon, Tenn.  |  August, 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM

These pink pumpkins are being sold here in Lebanon, Tenn. to benefit Sherrys Run which is a non-profit organization that helps local cancer patients with bills, homecare, food, almost anything to help ease their life.

Lynne Sumerel    
Pendleton SC  |  September, 05, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Would there be a way to ship a few of these pumpkins to SC?

Gail's Pumpkin Patch    
Beason, IL  |  September, 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

We have successfully grown the pink pumpkins. We are selling them with some of the proceeds going to cancer research. Sept 30, 2012 will be "Paint the Patch Pink" day at Gail's Pumpkin Patch, Beason, IL. Come join the fun!

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