Tide­wa­ter School pro­duces award-win­ning taters

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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.

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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.

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