Tidewater School produces award-winning taters
The Tidewater School’s 4-H Club visited Double Oak Farm at the American Chestnut Land Trust last week to harvest sweet potatoes in hopes of finding a winner for their exhibit at the Calvert County Fair, which concluded Sunday.
The club won a blue ribbon as a result.
The students planted the sweet potato crops last spring as part of an ongoing project at the farm. They will return next month to make pies and fries with the remaining vegetables.
American Chestnut Land Trust Farm Manager R.T. West works with the 4-H club throughout the year to teach handson sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship.
Lessons are also supported by Tidewater School’s environmental education teacher Jamie Testa and 4-H leader Brenda Dixon.
The 4-H Club visits Double Oak Farm a few times each year to plant, harvest, and hike the trails.
“I remember when we planted these sweet potatoes,” said Jade Dilley, a second-grader from Huntingtown. “I have so much fun with Mr. R.T.”
Last year the club planted and harvested a peanut crop and next year they hope to raise cotton. The club’s work serves as a complement to the gardens they maintain on the school grounds.
Last year they grew carrots, herbs, lettuce, and lots of milkweed to support their Monarch Watch program at school.
Founded in 1986, The Huntingtown-based Tidewater School provides Montessori education for ages 3 to 12.
Tidewater School’s Emma Mabrey helps the 4-H Club harvest sweet potatoes from the Double Oak Farm at the American Chestnut Land Trust last week.
American Chestnut Land Trust Farm Manager R.T. West, top left, works with the Tidewater School’s 4-H club throughout the year to teach hands-on sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship.