Fall Harvest at the Farm with the 8-9s
The two 8-9s classes had the responsibility of harvesting the last of the MCS Farm's fruits and vegetables of the season. They also began to put the gardens to bed. Vigorously, the students cleared two beds full of sweet potatoes, bushels of carrots and the last of the beets. Sweet potatoes are a bit tricky to pull from the soil as they grow down vertically and hang on tight. The kids carefully excavated the soil around each clump and then gently pried them loose, careful not to snap them too short.
"It was like being part of an archeological dig and we couldn’t damage the artifacts,” students recounted. The sweet potatoes were then laid out in the greenhouse to cure for 7 to 10 days before being wrapped in newspaper and stored in the root cellar by the 9-10’s in the coming weeks. The carrots and beets, some of which were enormous, were brushed off and left in the sun on the deck before winter storage. These root vegetables will become part of Farm meals prepared and eaten by kids and adults throughout the school year. Once the edibles were pulled from the gardens, the kids worked to clear beds of weeds to make room for fresh compost that will be added by the two upcoming 9-10’s trips.