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Green Team Finishes Potato Harvesting For Cafeteria

posted Sep 12, 2014, 2:40 AM by Seth Cole   [ updated Sep 17, 2014, 10:10 AM ]
On Wesnesday, September 10, the Shapleigh School Green Team returned to Greenlaw Gardens, a Kittery family farm, to finish a project they started three months ago. Last June, a group of Green Teamers gathered at the nearby farm to plant a row of potatoes. The group was planting potatoes to be served up in Kittery schools' cafeterias. 

Under a blue September sky, 10 students listened as Farmer Rick Greenlaw explained how the potatoes they had planted  had turned from a small potato slice into the small piles of potatoes growing underground. Then, excitedly, they set out digging for the buried roots. It felt like a scavenger hunt, but one that required everyone to get dirty from fingernails to elbows. What interested many students most was how differently sized and strangely shaped the potatoes were. Some had more appendages than an octopus. 

Making the experience even richer was a visit from a Portsmouth Herald reporter and photographer! They shared about their interest in helping the planet.

The team finished their afternoon with a tour of Greenlaw Gardens. The vegetable farm is located on the Johnson Family Farm on Route 101, about a mile from Shapleigh School. The Shapleigh Green Team, led by Jen Thayer, has many more upcoming plans to youth learn about issues of sustainability.

Article written by Allison Urbanek

Click here to read the article that appeared on the front page of the Portsmouth Herald on Saturday September 13, and also see video of the trip to Greenlaw Gardens.