FRESHFARM's food education program in partnership with DC Public Schools

FoodPrints is an education project of FRESHFARM that integrates gardening, cooking, and nutrition education into the curriculum at partner elementary schools. Watch the FoodPrints video to see our program in action. 

It Takes a Village to Raise a Sweet Potato - by Ibti Vincent

One year ago this week, when I began my hopeful growing of sweet potato slips on my kitchen windowsill, I had no idea how much fun they would be to grow, nor how many hands would help nurture the delicious tuberous roots....

Sweet potatoes on my windowsill, started March 2014.

Planting the sweet potatoes with 3rd and 4th graders, June 2014.

Watering sweet potatoes at Tyler, October 2014.

Harvesting greens for hoppin' john, November 2014.

Clearing sweet potato greens during recess, November 2014.

Harvesting sweet potatoes, November 2014.

Curing sweet potatoes, November 2014.

Making mashed sweet potatoes, February 2015.

Enjoying sweet potato tacos, February 2015.

From Ms. Luz and Mr. Moszczynski's 3rd and 4th graders who helped to plant the slips last June, to the teachers whose classes who took on weekly watering shifts (Ms. Krystopowicz, Ms. Farnham, Ms. Eason, Ms. Martinez, and others) in the spring and fall, to the devoted parents and interns who cared for the tender spuds on weekends when their usual mom (me) was out of town, to those who helped to harvest greens for hoppin' john (Ms. Willis and Ms. Mishik's students), and finally to those who helped to harvest our more than 60 POUNDS (!!) of organic sweet potatoes, I could not have done this alone. The garden thrives only as well as the community that cares for it. I'd say we're doing pretty well. In fact, we'll be enjoying them for a number of classes to come....

Written by Ibti Vincent