A pumpkin patch created by Santa Maria students opened to the public Friday, September 27.
The pumpkin farm is called "The Patch" and it allows high school students to learn more about the agriculture industry.
The Patch will be open to the public Friday through Sunday beginning Friday through October 27 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It's located at Las Flores Ranch Park, at 6245 Dominion Road.
This is the second year the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks and Betteravia Farms are helping students conduct business at the experimental pumpkin patch.
More than 60 students learned how to grow pumpkins and fresh produce. They grew three acres of pumpkins, two acres of corn, and other produce, which will all be up for sale.
Organizers say, this month-long event will create a platform for students to showcase their hard work and provide families of all backgrounds with a budget-friendly and family-oriented fall attraction.
Other attractions include food vendors, agricultural exhibit, animal exhibit, life-size games, live music, and a craft area for the kids.
The proceeds made through the program go back to the students' education.
Pumpkins cost $5 to $20. Parking is $5.
The Patch raised $13,000 last year, which all went back into scholarship funding.