Batata Boom

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 & 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% 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.

John Jameson (left) and Rabbi Jesse Gallop begin to pull back the dense vines.

The O’Henrys – a white/gold variety – were the best producers, averaging 4 or 5 storage roots per plant.

Unlike squash, you can’t easily walk around and try to limit any over-sized produce, because of the density of the prolific vines and the fact that most of the sweet potato is below ground.

Part of the Beauregard harvest.

The Batata Boom Gang: Rabbi Jesse, Carra, Tanisha, Nerice, John & Adam – Saturday, October 20, 2012.

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