Potatoes for all

Published 7:21 pm Thursday, May 9, 2019

Potatoes should be plentiful on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus when it’s time to harvest. On Thursday morning, several KSD agriculture students planted 200 pounds of Kennebec seed potatoes.

Ag teacher Sandy Smock said three years ago, her class planted 100 pounds of seed potatoes, which yielded 908 pounds of spuds.

This year, they’re hoping for nearly 2,000 pounds of potatoes.

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Trying to beat the predicted rainfall on Thursday, students furiously dropped the seed potatoes in straight lines, sprinkled on fertilizer and used hoes and rakes to cover the crop with the tilled, rich soil.

KSD senior Alexandra Shupe, who is the school’s FFA president, said through American Sign Language, it’s important for the organization to give back to the community so they’re planning on sharing the harvest with all the students. The cafeteria will also benefit from the students’ hard work, she said.