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‘Jail pumpkins’ delivered and decorated at Rancho Santa Margarita schools

A jail facility may seem an unlikely place for Halloween pumpkins, but we’d argue these are the best picks in the patch.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department personnel earlier this month harvested 150 pumpkins from the James A. Musick facility and on Thursday, Oct. 26, delivered them to children at four elementary and intermediate Rancho Santa Margarita schools.

Musick, known to most as “The Farm” due to the facility’s agricultural roots, grows a variety of crops throughout the year – most of which are delivered to local food banks to help the needy.

But come October, The Farm has a large supply of pumpkins waiting to fulfill their Halloween destiny and dot the porches and front yards of dozens of homes in Orange County.

OCSD School Resource Officer Andres Briceno organized the delivery of the pumpkins and personnel from OCSD’s Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services helped students use markers to decorate them just in time for Halloween.