Second graders watch as Bryan Vest covers a row of planted potato seed.
Second graders watch as Bryan Vest covers a row of planted potato seed.

Last week two classes of 2nd graders from Check Elementary School field-tripped out to Old Millstone Farm for SustainFloyd’s fourth annual Potato Planting.

The students took Kennebac potato seed and planted them in three beds that had previously been prepared by Bryan and Lynette Vest, who own and run the farm. This fall, the same students will return as 3rd graders to harvest the potatoes, which will subsequently be taken to, prepared and served in the school cafeteria.

The Vests also sell all-natural beef and pork, so the students also got a brief tour of the livestock side of the farm. They got to grind corn and feed the pigs and pet a six-week-old calf.

The students are taught by Diann Conner and Annette King.

The potato planting and harvest field trip is a longstanding cornerstone of SustainFloyd’s Farm to School program, which we carry out in partnership with Floyd County Schools, NRV Community Services, Plenty!, Virginia Cooperative Extension and others.

The Roanoke Times’ Burgs also published photos of the field trip.