Clarified Information Regarding The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.
In response to a post dated September 25, 2013 titled “Ovation: The Pink Pumpkins of Freeman Farms“, DiatribesAndOvations.com received the following news alert from Jen Velasquez, Marketing Communications Manager of Golden Sun Marketing. Never wanting to spread misinformation, even when disguised as opinion we welcome the opportunity to clarity any errors published at DiatribesAndOvations.com and thank Ms. Velasquez for taking the time to write.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing on behalf of the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation. We would love the opportunity to clarify some facts that various publications, including Diatribes and Ovations have incorrectly reported on in the past few days regarding the breeding of Porcelain Doll, or pink pumpkins.
We understand that one of our growers, Norm Freeman from Chino Valley, AZ was recently interviewed and mentioned he once planted red and white pumpkins too close together and accidentally yielded pink pumpkins. While this may be true in his case, it is not how Porcelain Doll pumpkins came about and this has unintentionally skewed our story. Here are the facts.
In 2011, DP Seeds LLC released Porcelain Doll F1 pumpkin seeds. When mature, the pumpkins have light pink skins and vibrant orange flesh. For years, DP Seeds researched various colorful fruit exteriors and interiors
“We discovered Porcelain Doll F1 in our trials about four years ago and perfected the hybrid which was released in the fall of 2011,” said Kevin Skaling, president of DP Seeds. “We do not want people to think they can plant two different pumpkins and get the same effect that this grower once experienced.”
Growers across the country have since had access to purchasing Porcelain Doll seeds and in turn commit to donating a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold to the foundation. The foundation then opens up a grant process and oversees the donations to ensure that the funds go directly to reputable organizations with the highest percentage of dollars spent on actual research. In 2012, the foundation awarded Dr. Denise P. Muñoz, a Staff Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) in California with a $30,000 grant to fund her breast cancer research program.
Would it be possible to amend the story online? We do not want to further mislead any readers into thinking these pumpkins are the result of cross-pollination.
I thank you for your time. Please let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to further clarify!
For more information on the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, please visit www.PinkPumpkinPatch.org.
Jen Velasquez, Marketing Communications Manager
Golden Sun Marketing