Hi! My name is Brett Nunnenkamp, owner of The Country Pumpkin. I was raised on a traditional family farm in south central Nebraska where we grow primarily corn and soybeans as well as livestock. I thoroughly enjoy agriculture and rural farm life. I was thirteen years old when I started raising my first pumpkins. At that time, raising pumpkins was my SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project for FFA. My family and I planted two varieties of pumpkins that first year. We put a lo-boy trailer with pumpkins on our driveway with a plastic ice cream pail and relied on the honor system for payment. My younger brother and sister would help me restock the trailer each day after school.
With the help of my family, I was able to expand my business while still attending High School and then college at the University of Nebraska where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture in 2006.
Today The Country Pumpkin has grown to offer over 50 varieties of pumpkins, squash, gourds, and ornamental corn including many heirloom types. We also sell straw bales, decorated pumpkins, and much more.
The diversification into pumpkin and other fall ornamentals has provided me the opportunity to return to the family farm in south central Nebraska which I truly love.
Planting and Harvesting
Each May I begin tilling the soil, preparing a proper seed bed for the fall crops. I have 10 acres devoted to the production of pumpkins, squash, gourds, and ornamental corn. Most of the seeds are planted with a tractor and planter, however, some are planted by hand. As soon as the seeds are planted, the fields are constantly monitored for growth, insects, and weed control. Integrated pest management techniques are used, meaning pesticides are used minimally and only when a specific crop is affected. These methods are the safest for the environment. Bees are necessary for pollination and care is taken to insure these beneficial insects are not harmed.
Each year our crops require many hours of hand hoeing. In addition to all of the hard work, we rely on Mother Nature to give us enough rain and sunshine for a beautiful crop. By July, our crops are on their way with lengthy vines and beautiful yellow and white flowers.
After pollination occurs, the pumpkins and squash start growing. By the first of September, the crops are ripe and ready for harvest. Everyone anxiously awaits the beautiful array of fall colors. All of the pumpkins, squash, gourds and other ornamentals are hand picked and washed. We invite you to our farm so you can see the wide variety of products we offer at The Country Pumpkin.