The Grade 3 class from the Waldorf School of Atlanta is studying farming and on a Tuesday morning in October they gathered at a community garden in Ormewood Park to help the Atlanta Community Food Bank harvest sweet potatoes.

Nearly 900 pounds of sweet potatoes and a classroom full of pooped kids later, the Food Bank is distributing this harvest to agencies serving the hungry. But that is not the whole story. These sweet potatoes are a part of a larger tale of giving and gardening in Atlanta.

This past spring, the Atlanta Community Food Bank received a donation of a tractor trailer of salvage sweet potatoes. They had been sitting and the top layer of potatoes had gotten a little too much warmth & light and had sprouted. ACFB Community Gardens Coordinator, Fred Conrad, took the sprouts off the potatoes and planted them in his garden and shared sprouts with community gardens throughout the city. With the sprouts removed, the original donated potatoes were distributed to agencies to help folks in need. Now those sprouts have grown into sweet potatoes, 894 pounds of which the Grade 3 class from the Waldorf School of Atlanta harvested.

For more information on the grade 3 curriculum at the Waldorf School of Atlanta, visit this link. For more information on the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s sweet potato harvest, visit this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “School’s sweet potato harvest benefits food bank”

  1. We are fortunate to have a kid in this grade 3 class who along with her classmates, thoroughly enjoyed this experience. As the stack of crates of potatoes started to rise you could see the sense of accomplishment beaming from the faces of the children. What a great partnership with ACFB and a great fit with the Grade 3 farming curriculum!

  2. We are fortunate to have a kid in this grade 3 class who along with her classmates, thoroughly enjoyed this experience. As the stack of crates of potatoes started to rise you could see the sense of accomplishment beaming from the faces of the children. What a great partnership with ACFB and a great fit with the Grade 3 farming curriculum!

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