Saturday's help
Cultivating, hoeing and spraying

Harvesting potatoes

<p>We harvested a sizeable portion of our potatoes last week, and we want to thank the American University students who came to our farm and played a major role in the harvest. The AU students were enthusiastic and inquisitive, a fun group of volunteers.&nbsp; </p> <p>Some of the potatoes were dug out the old-fashioned way, with digging forks and muscle power (the way we harvested our new potatoes earlier in the season), but the bulk of them was dug out using our small (and old) tractor-powered potato digger. Muscle power was still essential, though. As you can see below, we had a group of students clearing most of the mulch in front of the tractor as it made its way up the row, and other students were behind the tractor filling up the bins with the just dug out potatoes.</p> <p><a href="http://kolya.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/25_aug_harvesting_potatoes_cfn.jpg"></a><a href="http://kolya.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/25_aug_harvesting_potatoes_cfn_1.jpg"><img title="25_aug_harvesting_potatoes_cfn_1" height="313" alt="25_aug_harvesting_potatoes_cfn_1" src="http://weblog.clagettfarm.org/images/25_aug_harvesting_potatoes_cfn_1.jpg" width="350" border="0" /></a>&nbsp; <a href="http://kolya.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/25_aug_harvesting_potatoes_1.jpg"></a>&nbsp; </p> <p>While working on the potato field, the AU students rescued a young corn snake that was uncovered while clearing the mulch. After admiring it for a couple of minutes, the snake was released to where it belongs. </p> <p><a href="http://kolya.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/aug_25_au_snake_rescuer_cfn.jpg"></a><a href="http://kolya.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/aug_25_au_snake_rescuer.jpg"><img title="Aug_25_au_snake_rescuer" height="398" alt="Aug_25_au_snake_rescuer" src="http://weblog.clagettfarm.org/images/aug_25_au_snake_rescuer.jpg" width="220" border="0" /></a> </p>

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