Children in Halifax got a chance to smash pumpkins for a good cause Sunday.

The first annual Pumpkin Smash was held at the Common Roots Urban Farm. It was part of the "harvest hootenanny" celebrating the farm's first year.

Visitors tested food and apple cider. There was a "seed dating" event to learn about what can be grown in Nova Scotia.

Kids got to smash donated pumpkins. The pulped gourds will be mixed with dried coffee grinds and leaves to make compost for next year's crop.

The farm is on the former site of the Queen Elizabeth II High School. It is owned by Capital Health, but will be run as a garden for the next few years.