The Harvest of Potatoes finished Sunday 9/28 for the 2014 Season. This is the very first time in their six year history, that they finished harvest so soon. Near perfect weather conditions for the harvest season saw only one ½ day harvest session cancellation due to rain for potato harvests. This combined with two large group harvest sessions by Air Products Global IT Group, and Alvernia Students with Friends each picking two acres of high population potatoes, also contributed to the speedy harvest of the crop this year.
For the first time the project farming carrots in order to diversify the fresh food offerings for the Greater Berks Food Bank. The carrots require more people power during the harvest season; however, carrots can produce a very high yield.
The potato-growing season was outstanding for the crop this year. Along with some changes in their methods, including the use of a newer two-row potato planter , the production of potatoes exceeded everything they had done per acre in past seasons! The final scaled numbers are not yet available because the Food Bank is in an active move, but the estimate is around 150,000 pounds, over nine times what was planted.