Planting Potatoes

By Nick Storrs

We had our first group of students join us this Wednesday for classes in the garden. Jodi Kalb brought 40 of her first graders from P.S. 279 in Brooklyn. Everyone had a great time planting potatoes and learning about the different parts of a plant, and the air, water and sun which a seed needs to grow.

Discovering the new shoots emerging from the potatoes’ eyes got the kids excited about planting and helping them grow. In addition, the students were amazed to find different types of potatoes with very different colors inside, from the bright purples of the Adirondack Blue, to the softer pink of the Rose Finn Apples and the bright yellows of the Banana Fingerlings. These varieties show how diverse a single vegetable can be.

The cure for the common french fry!

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