June 18 every class who had planted potatoes came out to harvest. Organized chaos! The tubs were dumped out, potatoes gathered, counted and weighed. The results put on a beautiful chart, created by our UBC Education Practicum Students.
This year yields were low - approximately 25kg, of mainly small potatoes. There were a number of probably reasons - poor soil, growing conditions, watering issues, weather issues, and timing - a few more weeks and the crop would have been much better. Catriona Gordon from SPEC often says that one of the greatest challenges for the school garden program is the short growing season of September to June.
Still the potatoes will taste great roasted up by parent volunteers for the harvest festival on Thursday June 20.