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DHS Interact Club Plants Spuds

Lori Sprague

May 09, 2011

The Dexter High School Interact Club planted potatoes to be donated to a local food bank next fall.

Dexter High School Interact members, Rotarians, and their families, gathered at the Klawender farm on May 7th to kick off the 2011 Potato Project. Under cool and sunny skies, the group laid down black plastic, cut seed potatoes, and planted two long rows of spuds. Rotarian Stephanie Klawender and her father, John, taught the group all the techniques needed to complete the project efficiently.

The Potato Project bagan in the Fall of 2010 when Rotary Klawender offered to donate some of her potato harvest to the local food bank, Faith in Action if the Interact Club would come dig them. The first harvest yielded about 150 pounds of potatoes and a few snakes. The Interact Club liked the project so well that they requested to do again, but this time, doing the planting as well as the harvesting.

The Potato Project is an activity that bridges the summer break, since the current crop will be harvested first thing in the 2011-2012 school year. With a bit of luck, this year's crop could yield up to 600 pounds of potatoes. Stay tuned to find out!