Earlier this month, first graders and several parents from Ms. Radford’s class joined Chesnut Garden Leader Carissa Malone for a sweet potato harvest. Underneath a mound of greenery hid more than 33 pounds of sweet potatoes that were planted at the end of last school year. Ms. Malone explained how the plants grow, and after harvesting, offered the students a taste of fresh-picked sweet potato.
Did you know that sweet potatoes are not related to other potatoes or yams? We learned this and other fun facts last year surrounding Farm to School Sweet Potato lunch day. Our nutritious October harvest was donated to local food pantry, Malachi’s Storehouse, run out of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, just up the road from Chesnut Charter Elementary.