In 1996, Kevin McCall began farming at our current location in Moriarty, NM. Prior to that time, he had been working with his grandfather on a hog farm in Estancia. The first crops Kevin planted were alfalfa and pumpkins. He sold pumpkins to grocery stores across the country.
A dear friend, Vici Shoemaker, teaching for APS, asked if she could bring her class out to watch the pumpkins being harvested - so Kevin put the class on a wagon pulled behind a tractor, and took them out to the pumpkin field where they could see the pumpkins being hand-picked and placed in boxes to be sold. A young boy looked at Kevin and said, "Those are the boxes at Walmart!" Kevin recognized the need for kids, who often have no connection to agriculture today, to see where their food comes from and the process it takes to get produce in to the stores.
And from there an idea was born...
After the birth of their first child in 1999, Kirsten, Kevin's wife, quit her job as an English teacher and joined Kevin in the business. Together, along with their children, Morgan and Caleb, they built McCall's Pumpkin Patch in to what it is today.
Kevin continues to farm about 300 acres of alfalfa, corn, pinto beans, and, of course, pumpkins. Today, we no longer wholesale pumpkins, but still grow 50 acres that are individually picked by our many farm visitors every fall.
Our passion is not only for agriculture, but also for families, for friendships, for community. We have tried to create a place for friends and family to spend quality time together - creating memories that will last a lifetime.
In today's economy, it is very difficult for small farmers to survive, and we feel extremely blessed that the Pumpkin Patch has allowed us to do so. We are grateful for the friendships we have made with other farmers running similar businesses across the U.S. These connections have given us an endless supply of ideas for the Pumpkin Patch and knowledge to navigate the somewhat unorthodox seasonal business. We are also grateful for the many, many community members who join us every fall to make this experience possible for so many guests. The operation could not exist without them.
We feel most thankful for the life this endeavor has provided for our family. The business has given a place for Kevin's passion for agriculture to blend with Kirsten's creativity, and it gave a place for our kids to learn the value of hard work (and we cannot express the gratitude we have for all our kids poured into this business while growing up). Our daughter, Morgan, with her mom's creativity, has now graduated with a degree in Theater Arts and is currently working as the stage manager for Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Our son, Caleb, with his Dad's passion for agriculture, is in his junior year at WT, pursing a degree in Plant, Soil and Environmental Science. We look forward to the day he joins our business full-time.
We want to thank you for choosing to spend the day at our farm. And a special thank you to those who have been returning year after year- sharing in our many years of memory-making fall traditions.