Ipomea batatas that is – sweet potatoes. We started the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden sweet potato harvest on Saturday, 10/20, approximately 112 days after planting the initial “slips”. A nice team representing J-Town Richmond –- including Nerice Lochansky, Tanisha Henson, Adam Beifield and Rabbi Jesse Gallop –- began the harvest. J-Town Richmond is a community of Richmond’s Jews in their 20s and 30s focused on civic activities, worship & social programming. On Saturday the J-Town team was joined by HandsOn RVA volunteer Maria Carra Rose and Lewis Ginter volunteer John Jameson.
These sweet potatoes are 100 percent organic, two varieties (O’Henry & Beauregard) grown from slips donated by Slade Farms in Surry, Va., and fertilized only with fish emulsion and seaweed extract.
The Batata Boom Gang: Rabbi Jesse, Carra, Tanisha, Nerice, John & Adam – on Saturday.
A note from the editor: I just got news from Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, that Monday we delivered 390 lbs. of sweet potatoes (208 lbs. of the O’Henry white/gold variety and 182 lbs. of Beauregard – orange flesh potatoes. This delivery represents the entire sweet potato crop.
Year to date produce total: 10,345 lbs! This is the first year we have exceeded our 10,000-pound production goal, and there are still more veggies to come!