From the Ground Up it: Potato Planting

SustainFloyd Director, Mike Burton helps with planting

We could not have asked for any better weather yesterday, with neither wind, rain, or mud to deal with, although I imagine there are some mildly sunburned kids this morning.

I don’t know how many row—feet of potatoes were planted by the students from Blue Mountain school at the Shooting Creek farm, but it was certainly in the thousands.

Hopefully, students from the public schools can come help harvest the potatoes in the early fall, and expect them to be part of their menu in school cafeterias.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Great idea!!! And potatoes at that!! I love taters, cooked most any way you can do them, but I think fried has got to be my favorite….I am southern, you know. 🙂

    Keep up the great work.

    Give Tsuga a good meaty bone also!!