Potatoes may just look like ordinary tubers, but they are really quite extraordinary! 2nd Graders will soon begin learning about the role potatoes have played in their ancestor’s lives on several continents — as a major food source in South America, as well as a major player in the Irish Potato Famine which drove our Irish ancestors to America. The Potato famine was the result of planting a monoculture, a single crop, that was wiped out by a fungus. We can prevent such disasters by planting a diversity of plants — a good metaphor for our nation.
We will plant potatoes inside stacked tire planters — courtesy of Goodyear Tires on Rosecrans Drive – which we are painting blue, yellow and pink. On the outside of the tires, we will write our Potato-etry — poems worthy of an epic plant like the potato.
Here is our first tire, half-painted in Mrs. Manguil’s room.