The Potato Patch
Each year FoCuS sponsors a community potato patch. The idea came about as a result of farmers Eric and Christine Taylor (Outer Aisle Foods) asking their neighbors to lend a hand harvesting potatoes before the big storm ruined the crop. Friends and neighbors came to their rescue and received a meal and free potatoes for their efforts, but most importantly, everyone received the gift of community action and the feeling that together they could survive the storm.
Years later FoCuS still plans an annual potato patch. Its purpose remains the same—to learn together as a community how to plant, grow and harvest the simplest yet most life- sustaining of nature’s gifts. Every year there are obstacles to overcome and we learn more and we continue to harvest great crops for local folks’ enjoyment. Most potatoes are sold to farmers who do CSAs (community supported agriculture). Some are sold to the local food buying club. Each year a share of potatoes goes to the harvesters and others who might be short on food through the winter. Potatoes are such a perfect food, rich in vitamins and minerals, and able to support life in the toughest of times. And each year a new patch of ground is opened up to a garden life after the humble potato was first to break ground
This year we are planting in Tuolumne, CA.
Our 2016 Potato Patch was planted with success on May 1, 2016. We planted about 400 lbs of seed potatoes and did our first hilling on June 4, 2016. We tried out our new hiller fabricated by our very own board member, Cooper Kessel. Cooper and the hiller Thanks again to all for the help in making the Potato Patch Project a success.”
This year our potato patch is located in Cooper Kessel's northwestern field, located at 18161 ZeniLane in Tuolumne. A group of volunteers gathered on June 11th at 7:30 am and we had the field planted by 10:30 am. Thanks to the hiller fabricated by Cooper we were able to get a hilling done without anyone coming out in the hot days of July. We are scheduled to harvest on Sunday, October 8, at around 8:00 am. Come out and help with the harvest. Be a part of a healthy food movement and take home potatoes as your reward!
These are the before pictures of the field.
Here are some images from the hilling.
Want to know how it all got started? The Potato Patch and the Dirty Kid's Club