Friends School of Minnesota kindergarteners enjoyed organic french fries last week. By organic, we mean grown right here in raised beds at Friends School of Minnesota with our school-created compost and no pesticides! Last May, the Environmental Action Club planted some potatoes in the garden beds by the playground. We went out and harvested the potatoes a couple of weeks ago and then weighed them. We ended up with 15 pounds of potatoes!
On the day of the french fries, we came in early to scrub the potatoes clean, and put them through a slicer, which pushed the potatoes into a grid of metal cutters. We soaked them in saltwater for a few hours. One of our advisors, Steve, put them in a fryer, and as each batch came out, we put them into little bags.
We went down to the Mississippi classroom (the kindergarten) and talked to the kindergarteners about our club. We gave them each a bag of fresh, warm french fries, and offered ketchup. Afterwards, we enjoyed the leftover french fries.
We had fun growing the potatoes and sharing the french fries, and we hope to do this again next year!
–By FSM students, members of the Middle School Environmental Action Club