Potato Harvest Day

By Demetri Sochin

IMG 2320Townshend - Along with the other eighth graders, I harvested potatoes at the Townshend Community Garden. When I first got there, I saw potatoes in a big pile. Then I saw people playing with potatoes. The sky was blue, the clouds were white, and I could smell potatoes. I soon felt my hands in the dirt, as I began to help the others harvest.

 It was Friday when we walked from school to go to the garden to pick potatoes. I walked over with Mr. Began and a group of my friends. The potatoes were planted by Mr. Sperling and last year's eighth graders. Some people used tools, but most used their hands. Students were in the garden, forming lines and passing the potatoes in a line.  Others were on the hunt, looking for any missed potatoes.  The process for finding potatoes was to dig in the mounds until we felt something, and then we would grab potatoes.  We would then hand them to someone to check them.

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This was part of the food unit, which we did in English and social studies. We read a book called The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. The book is about the food we eat and where it comes from.  Pollan describes four food chains. The four food chains are Industrial, Industrial Organic, Local Sustainable and Hunter-Gatherer. This potato picking project would be considered local sustainable because the vegetables were grown locally, harvested locally, and sold locally.

The potatoes will be washed and then sold to the Abby group.



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